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Strategies against Radicalism and Extremism


Admission requirements

Only students of the MSc Crisis and Security Management can take this course.


In this course students will develop analytical and critical skills on the subject of right wing extremism and of strategies against radicalism and extremism. They will gather knowledge on the terminology and meaning of each of this concepts. In the introduction, the concept of right wing extremism will be studied in its different appearances. In this course we will analyze 7 strategies, namely monitoring, political approach, news media, education, repression, deradicalisation and barriers in the political system. Attention will be paid to the strategies itself, the pros and cons of each of the strategies and their application in policy and in practice. Different examples from all across the world will be provided and countries can be compared to one another in using different strategies.

Course objectives

The goals of the course are:

  1. Students will gain theoretical knowledge of the concepts of (right wing) extremism and radicalism
  2. Students will gain theoretical and analytical insights in the 7 strategies against radicalism and extremism
  3. Students will be able to develop a critical assessment of each of the strategies, including literature on the pros and cons in their arguments
  4. Students will be able to collect, analyze and interpret literature and policy documents on strategies developed and used in different countries
  5. Students will be able to reflect in a scientific way on differences in the application of strategies used in different countries
  6. Students will gain insights in prevention and in law enforcement (repression) on extremism and radicalism in different countries
  7. Students will get acquainted with monitoring data and empirical research on extremism and radicalism
  8. Students will develop analytical and critical writing skills by writing a paper


The (provisional) timetable is on the first page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

The sessions are dedicated to lectures and discussions. Students will have to establish a literature survey, a double blind peer review and a final paper.

Assessment method

Double blind peer review (go of fail) and a final policy paper

Peer review

In order to achieve high quality standards in each individual paper, a preliminary evaluation on Blackboard will be organized. Students are asked to write a double blind peer review (students evaluate students) of the draft of papers of other students (max. 1200 words). After the reviews, students rework the draft and send it in for evaluating by the teacher. Only after having obtained a ‘pass’ students can continue the work and finalize the paper. Papers that will not receive a ‘go’ (fail) have to resubmit their proposal in a short notice.

Students will be evaluated as follows:

  • Reviewing another student’s individual proposal (pass-fail)

  • Final version of the individual policy paper (100%)
    If students complete both assignments but receive a final grade that is not sufficient to pass the course, they will have a chance to rework the final version of the individual policy paper and resubmit.

Course material

Course material is obligatory for the final policy paper as far as it is set out in sheets, handouts and mandatory literature (to be announced at Blackboard).

Mandatory book (available in student association B.I.L.)

  • Strategies for Combatting Right-Wing extremism in Europe Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed) 2009. Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
    ISBN 978-3-86793-016-1


Blackboard is indispensable for this course. All assignments (first draft, peer review, final paper) must be handed in via Blackboard. The final paper must be submitted via Safe Assign (Blackboard).



Contact information

Dr. J.van Donselaar
Dr. E. Devroe