Terrorism and Counterterrorism MOOC Relaunches on edX, Registration Open Now, Course Launches October 23

Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is well-known for educating the world’s leaders. Home to prominent alumni like former President of the United States Bill Clinton and countless diplomats, politicians, and policymakers, the School of Foreign Service—and more specifically the Security Studies Program—continues to attract passionate security-focused students from across the globe who seek to make the world a safer place. This fall, we would like to invite you to join School of Foreign Service Security Studies Associate Dean Daniel Byman—as well as other prominent Georgetown Faculty members—to explore timely, complex, and important questions about terrorism and counterterrorism in the edX course “Terrorism and Counterterrorism.”

Terrorism and Counterterrorism, one of the featured Georgetown-affiliated MOOCs on edX, brings together leading faculty and staff from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service’s Security Studies Program, Georgetown Law Center, Georgetown’s Department of Psychology, The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, and Lauinger Library, as well as individuals with prominent careers in federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency. Read more about our faculty biographies.

As we have unfortunately witnessed first-hand, terrorism has gone from a persistent yet marginal security concern to one of the most important security problems of our day: indeed, there are few countries that do not suffer from some form of terrorism. Though many terrorist attempts fail, some groups wage lengthy and bloody campaigns and, in some cases, kill hundreds or even thousands in pursuit of their ends.

Course registration is now available for Georgetown University’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Terrorism and Counterterrorism. The course is a free, self-paced course that runs from October 23, 2017 to March 24, 2018. This course will include topics such as terrorist use of technology, the nature of Al-Qaeda, the emergence of the Islamic State, the effectiveness of various counterterrorism tools, terrorist recruiting, the political context in South Asia and the Middle East, and linkages (or the lack thereof) between terrorism and world religions like Islam.

This course also features several optional sessions such as interviews with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation’s Peter Neumann, terrorism scholar Jacob Shapiro, SITE Intelligence Group’s Rita Katz, New York Times’ reporter Mark Mazzetti, United States Air Force’s MQ-1 Predator Pilot Major David Blair, and former Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism Financing and Financial Crimes Juan Zarate.

In addition to our required course content and optional interviews, this course also seeks to inform your thinking on current events. We will be regularly interviewing experts in the field, use our discussion board to prompt student engagement and discussion, and post relevant stories to our social media outlets regarding current events. We also encourage you to use the course’s features to bring current events related to terrorism to the attention of your fellow students.

Georgetown’s partnership with edX expands the University’s outreach across the globe, reflecting its mission to educate and engage the global community on significant issues and problems facing policymakers. Uniting quality education with technology and innovation, this course seeks to provide students across the entire globe to engage on terrorism and counterterrorism issues with the leading thinkers here in Washington, D.C.

We look forward to welcoming you to GeorgetownX: Terrorism and Counterterrorism, which starts on October 23, 2017.

  • Register for the full version of the course here.
  • Register for the introductory version of the course here.

Contributions to post also made by Brittany Marien.