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Free Online Course: New Approaches to Countering Terror

The “New Approaches to Countering Terror: Countering Violent Extremism” is anchored by the University of Maryland, College Park through Coursera. It is known as a multi-week interactive program that is provided by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). This course allows students to learn different philosophical and pragmatic challenges that have been bringing various challenges to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Bill Braniff, who is the Director of START and the course instructor, will anchor the class and shed more light on how CVE is used for dealing with violent extremism.

The “New Approaches to Countering Terror: Countering Violent Extremism” lasts for 3.5 hours and offers a comprehensive approach to understanding CVE as a relatively new part of practice and policy. Due to its approach and outline, this course can be useful for individuals who work in areas related to security, community resilience, terrorism, civil rights/policy challenges. As a comprehensive interdisciplinary course, there is no prerequisite for participating.

Students can get paid certificates after the completion of this free course. Notably, the program is fully taught in English.

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This course is designed to allow students to:

  1. Know the differences between Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) and counterterrorism, which are two methods of handling violent extremism.
  2. Describe the CVE spectrum of non-violent procedures for dealing with terror, such as intervention, prevention, and rehabilitation/reintegration courses.
  3. Analyze CVE programs and what they are capable of achieving.

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