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The Political Economy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
10 days
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
Amsterdam
English
19 July 2021
Virtual open day
3/6/2021

Program description

The Political Economy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

What do we know about the roots and motivations of ISIS, the KKK, al-Qaeda, or the Lord’s Resistance Army beyond speculation, snippets of incomplete information, and stereotypical assessments? This course considers modern-day terrorism from a theoretical and especially from an empirical perspective. First, we study whether, when, and why terrorism has been successful to varying degrees. Second, we turn to the intimate relationship between terrorism and the media; exploring whether and how news coverage is likely so crucial for terror groups; and what this means for a free press. Third, we consider the role of religion in terror movements and radicalization (e.g., for Islamist extremism). Fourth and final, we evaluate counterterrorism strategies, exploring a few successful and unsuccessful cases for which empirical evidence is available.

Admission requirements

Who is it aimed at?

Bachelor, Master, PhD students and professionals

Prerequisites

Apart from a good level of English, students are assumed to have completed undergraduate courses in linear algebra and analysis. Basic knowledge of probability theory is also required.


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Program content

What you’ll learn (learning objectives):

  • What sets terrorism apart from more traditional types of warfare.
  • How the public, commentators, and researchers assess and interpret terrorism.
  • What constitutes ‘success’ for a particular group, understanding the consequences of terrorism.
  • The extraordinary role of media attention for terror groups.
  • The role of religious and cultural perspectives in terrorism.
  • The theoretical background and empirical success of counter-terrorism strategies.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

EU and Non-EU students fee: 800 EUR

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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