Terrorism has gone from a persistent yet marginal security concern to one of the most important security problems of our day. There are few countries that do not suffer from some form of terrorism. Though many attempts at terrorism fail, some groups wage lengthy and bloody campaigns and, in exceptional cases, kill hundreds or even thousands in pursuit of their ends.
This course on terrorism will explore the nuances involved in defining terrorism, the nature of Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Islamic State, and other important groups, the effectiveness of different counterterrorism tools, terrorist recruiting, counterterrorism and the rule of law, the political context in South Asia and the Middle East, and the terrorist use of technology.
For those interested in an abbreviated version of this course, the 3-section course Terrorism and Counterterrorism: An Introduction is available here.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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Sivananda Ramnathcompleted this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a very well designed course. It takes up the most important and relevant areas in the field and covers them in a good amount of detail. An excellent collection of reading material (both mandatory and optional) have been provided for each unit and provide the right background with which to understand the lecture
This is a very well designed course. It takes up the most important and relevant areas in the field and covers them in a good amount of detail. An excellent collection of reading material (both mandatory and optional) have been provided for each unit and provide the right background with which to understand the lectures. There are also optional lectures and interviews covering current events. The course makes you think, rather than just learn.
Antoine Ciolkovitchcompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Pr Byman grant us access to Georgetown expertise on terrorism . Perhaps the most profitable part of the course is the genesis of terrorism in minds , frustration and economic turmoil . The course is then divided in two parts to be chosen : South Asia or Middle East . All lecturers are of main interest .
This course in essential to me because my country Nigeria is also involved. Boko Haram (meaning western education is evil) has been terrorizing (killing, maiming, destroying etc) the norther part of the country. Initially they were against christians and other non-muslims, but now spread to all religions. They have gone to the extent of creating a caliphate.