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[Graduate Certificate] Terrorism Analysis 

by University of Maryland

START’s Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism. Our certificate program is appropriate for both academicians and practitioners, is flexible in structure, and will provide students with a thorough understanding of terrorism studies and terrorism analysis.

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[Professional development] Terrorism Studies

by CSTPV & University of St Andrews

Certificate/Advanced Certificate/Individual Modules: Study the characteristics of terrorism, terrorist tactics and counterterrorism.

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[Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc] Counter-Terrorism Studies

London Metropolitan University

During the course modules you will use reflection and analysis to understand and develop your own area of expertise within the fields of terrorism and counter-terrorism studies, intelligence analysis, plus community policing and military responses. You will gain an understanding of how the concept of counter-terrorism and security has been rearticulated and challenged in a contemporary context by engaging with some of the most pressing issues today.

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[MOOC] Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat

by University of Maryland, College Park

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence housed at the University of Maryland, offers a course looking at the who, what and how of Terrorism Studies, by introducing students to cutting-edge research from the social and behavioral sciences and the experts investigating these topics.

The course will begin with a unit looking at widely held myths about terrorism and utilizing empirical data to discuss the realities of broad trends and patterns in terrorist attacks over time. The course will then review the psychological factors at play in individual radicalization and recruitment into terrorism, followed by an analysis of terrorist group dynamics. The course will next look at terrorist group operations, including their attacks and some of the supporting behaviors that allow them to carry out attacks, including use of media, financing, recruitment, and training. The course will conclude by looking at the factors that drive terrorist group persistence or endurance versus terrorist group desistance, and will bring the varied course concepts together through a detailed look at the case of Al-Qa’ida.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to study and work with the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD), the largest database of terrorist incidents in the world, learning its capabilities and developing basic skills in searching and displaying terrorism data.

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[MOOC] Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice

by Universiteit Leiden

Terrorism has arguably been one of the defining factors of our age. It frequently makes headlines, threatening or attacking governments, private business and ordinary citizens. And in many parts of the world, it has been one of the most important threats to peace, security and stability. But what does this exactly mean? What is the nature of this threat? Who or what is threatened, how, by whom and why? What can be done about it or how can we at least limit the impact of terrorism and make sure that terrorists do not make headlines and manage to scare us?

These are just a handful of questions that will be addressed in this course that consists of three parts. First it focuses on the essence of terrorism as an instrument to achieve certain goals, in addition to an exploration of this phenomenon and the difficulties in defining it. The second part provides an overview of the state of the art in (counter) terrorism studies. Since ‘9/11’ terrorism studies have grown exponentially, reflecting the rise in perceived threats. But what has academia come up with? What theories, assumptions and conventional wisdom has it produced that could be of help in understanding terrorism and dealing with it? The most interesting results are examined and compared with empirical evidence with the aim to either stress their importance or to debunk them as myths. The final part looks into the implications and possibilities for policy making.

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[MOOC] Security & Safety Challenges in a Globalized World

by Universiteit Leiden

Security and safety challenges rank among the most pressing issues of modern times. Challenges such as, cyber-crime, terrorism, and environmental disasters impact the lives of millions across the globe. These issues also rank high on the agenda of politicians, international organizations and businesses. They also feature prominently in the public conscience and in governmental policies.

In the current, interconnected world, security challenges are becoming increasingly complex. Facilitated by developments as globalization and the spread of networked and hyper-connected technologies, new safety and security challenges arise and impact local, national, regional and international levels, which dramatically increases their complexity and scale. As such, solutions to contemporary security challenges require a wide array of actors operating on multiple levels of government collaborating with businesses and societal actors.

The course will introduce you to the broad theme of security and safety in an increasingly complex world. Together we will search for answers to important questions: what is security and safety? How can we understand complex modern-day security and safety challenges? And how do we deal with such challenges? This course combines scholarly inquiry from multiple disciplines (ranging from terrorism studies, to crisis management, to medical science) with real-life cases to explore and understand complex modern-day safety and security challenges.

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[MOOC] Terrorism and Counterterrorism

by Georgetown University

What is the danger of terrorism, and how can the world respond effectively?

What you’ll learn

  • Recall the working definitions of terrorism and recognize their analytic limits
  • Identify a range of causes of terrorism and, as importantly, understand what commonly cited issues are not usually causes
  • Understand the strategies and tactics of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, Hamas, and the Islamic State
  • Identify important terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia with an understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, and overall effectiveness. These include Palestinian groups, Pakistani groups, and Al-Qaeda
  • Understand the relationship between religion and terrorism

Understand how counterterrorism is constrained in a democratic society and several important legal debates related to counterterrorism

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[MOOC] [French] Terrorismes

by Le Conservatoire national des arts et métiers

Depuis toujours, l’action violente est apparue comme un acte de résistance, parfois désespéré. Elle est souvent qualifiée de terroriste en fonction des intérêts des parties et des cibles choisies. Malgré de nombreux efforts, aucune définition internationale commune n’a pu être trouvée, et la plupart des organisations ayant pratiqué l’action violente ont été dénoncées comme terroristes à un moment ou à un autre de leur histoire. Le terrorisme a également évolué. Singulier, il est devenu pluriel. Ses cibles se sont diversifiées. Si la notion de terrorisme fait souvent l’objet de controverses et de polémiques c’est qu’elle est empreinte d’une forte subjectivité et qu’elle désigne un phénomène complexe, mouvant et multiforme.

Ce cours propose une analyse historique précise et détaillée des mutations du terrorisme, de ses évolutions et ruptures, de son passage d’un outil criminel singulier à une dimension plurielle. Y sont abordées : les définitions, les acteurs, les cibles, les méthodes et les outils de lutte contre le terrorisme.

Ce cours a pour objectif de fournir une meilleure connaissance et une plus grande capacité d’analyse de l’information sur les problématiques terroristes.

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[MOOC] Responding to 9/11: Counterterrorism Policy in the 21st Century

by Duke University

9/11 was a devastating attack that required a comprehensive response from the United States. This course will examine post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism policies regarding the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence collection, and domestic security. We will trace these policies to the current day and assess their legality, ethics, and efficacy in counteracting terrorism.

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