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The Political Economy of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

The Political Economy of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

This online course covers modern-day terrorism and counter-terrorism.

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 online 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, as well as radicalization along several historical and contemporary movements (e.g., for Nazi Germany and Islamist extremism). Fourth and final, we evaluate counterterrorism strategies, exploring the few cases for which empirical evidence is available, distinguishing between approaches based on force vs. hearts-and-minds.

Course Overview

  • Course days: 10-14 January 2022
  • Attendance: online
  • Course level: Bachelor's, Master's, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines 
  • Course curriculum: read more about the course curriculum
  • Coordinating lecturer: Michael Jetter
  • Forms of tuition: online, interactive seminar
  • Forms of assessment: tba
  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Contact hours: 25 hours
  • Tuition fee: read more about our fees, discounts and scholarships 

Are you eager to get started? Great! Apply now via our application page