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3 Free Online Courses on Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Introduction to International Criminal Law

Introduction to International Criminal Law is an online course offered through the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University in the United States. The purpose of the course is to examine the role of the International Criminal Court, how it has handled cases in the past and how cases are currently processed. The course lasts for eight weeks and includes all of the following modules: Peace Versus Justice, Terrorism and Piracy, Unique Modes of Liability, Specialized Defenses, Gaining Custody of the Accused, Pre-Trial Issues and Maintaining Control of the Courtroom. Students do not need to have a background in law to enroll.

To successfully complete Introduction to International Criminal Law, students will need to watch 7 to 8 hours of lectures.  One video is provided for each week’s lesson along with one or more readings that relates to the material covered in the videos. At the end of the course, a final exam is given. Those who pass the exam will receive a passing grade for the course.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice is an online course that is offered for free by the Institute of Public Administration at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Coursework is presented entirely in English but is subtitled in Spanish, Serbian and French. Intended for beginners with no previous experience in the subject, the course examines what is driving terrorism around the globe and how countries are seeking to respond to it.

To complete all of the work for Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice, students will need to spend about 30 hours of time total. The course is designed to be completed over an eight-week period; however, students can work at their own pace if they wish. Each week, students are given one to 10 videos to watch and one to 10 readings to read. Six written assignments and a final exam are included in the coursework. Students who pass all of the assignments and the test will successfully complete the course. A certificate of completion can be provided for a small charge.

The Changing Global Order

The Changing Global Order is an online course offered by the Faculty of Governance and affairs at the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. Taught in English with French subtitles, the course is intended for anyone who is interested in working in foreign affairs or international relations and already has some background in the field. The purpose of the course is to examine how peace can be achieved around the world when governments are constantly vying for power. It examines important treaties and groups like NATO and the United Nations Security Council and their roles in promoting peace.

Offered for free, Changing Global Order requires 4 to 7 hours of study per week. Coursework is presented in the form of videos with the course’s professor Dr. Madeleine Hosli. Online discussions are encouraged, and supplementary reading materials may be assigned. Each week, there is an assignment that is graded on a pass-fail basis. Students who pass every assignment will pass the course. A certificate of completion can be provided for a small fee.

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