Netherlands, Middelburg (NL)

The West and the Challenge of Terrorism

when 30 June 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1670

This course examines the challenge posed to Europe and the United States by the rise of domestic and international terrorism. It will pay particular attention to the impact of the September 11th tragedy, but will also explore the roots of modern terrorism and its relationship, if any, to the present struggle with ISIS and other organizations. The course will also analyze other examples of contemporary terrorism in order to help us define terrorism and explore the range of options open to Western policy-makers in the face of this challenge. Lastly, the link between the media and terrorism is looked into.

The aim of this course is to examine the challenge posed to Europe and the United States by the rise of domestic and international terrorism. The course will pay particular attention to the impact of the September 11th tragedy, but will also explore the roots of modern terrorism and its relationship, if any, to the present struggle with ISIS and other Al Qaeda associated organizations. The course will also look at other examples of contemporary terrorism—such as the rise of the IRA, the American militia movement, and the actions of the Irgun in its campaign to secure the creation of the state of Israel—as a means to help us define terrorism and investigate the range of options open to Western policy-makers in the face of this challenge. In doing so, the course will delve into the roles played by the American and European criminal justice systems, the military and intelligence services, diplomacy, foreign aid and other forms of “hard” and “soft” power in combating terrorism. Lastly, the important link between terrorism and the media is considered.

Course leader

Dr. David B. Woolner (course leader) and dr. Anya Luscombe (course organizer)

Target group

Undergraduate students (bachelor students), graduate students and professionals interested in terrorism. No previous knowledge is required.

Course aim

Students in this class will gain a greater understanding of the history of terrorism and the range of policy options available today to try to combat this difficult and complex problem. Students will also gain an appreciation of the important if unintentional role that the media plays in modern terrorism. As part of this process, students should be able to improve their ability to read and think critically, not only about events that happened in the past, but also about events that take place in the present and future.

Credits info

6 ECTS
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 1670: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 1145: Course + course materials

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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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