Terrorism & Security


Course Objective

Upon completion of the course, students:
- understand the characteristics of radicalization, terrorism,
disengagement and de-radicalization;
- are aware of and have knowledge about recent developments in criminal
law in response to terrorism;
- are aware of and have knowledge about the dynamics of EU and global
security regulations with regard to terrorism;
- can think critically about recent policy responses in this area, in
particular from a human rights perspective;
- can reflect on the deeper theoretical meaning of counter-terrorism
policies in light of their previous studies and prior knowledge.

Course Content

What is terrorism and how is it countered? This course deals with the
most current issues of security and law in the Netherlands, the EU, and
the global context. It examines what terrorism is, how individuals
become involved in terrorism, how terrorist organizations operate, how
countries respond to threats of terrorism and how individual rights can
be protected within crisis driven agendas. From an interdisciplinary
perspective (combining insights from criminology and (international)
criminal law, the course trains students to understand terrorism as a
phenomenon and discusses how traditional legal frameworks are amended to
new areas of security regulation.

We shall examine, among other things, whether or not it is possible to
profile or identify terrorists, radicalization and disengagement and
deradicalization, how to respond to returning foreign fighters, and how
the national and international fora try to strake a balance the fight by
legal means, while at the same time safeguarding human rights.

This interdisciplinary course takes a criminological/political science
perspective and criminal law perspective.

Teaching Methods

The course will consist of a combination of lectures and workshops.

Method of Assessment

To be announced

Entry Requirements

The course is open to master students in law and criminology.


A collection of articles and case law that can be found online or
accessed through the VU library.

Target Audience

The course is open to master students in law and criminology. A maximum
of 60 students may attend this course. Apart from regular students, the
course is also available for exchange students.

Custom Course Registration

Only a limited amout of students (60) may participate in the course.

General Information

Course Code R_TerrSec
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator dr. J. van Wijk
Examiner dr. J. van Wijk
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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