Governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism (MSc)
In the track Governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism you will be familiarised with the academic debate regarding these contested concepts.
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Louise Harder Larsen
Student Governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism
"Terrorism is a complex phenomenon that is constantly changing and posing new threats towards society. I chose the specialisation Governance of Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism, because I wanted to gain a better understanding of why these concepts are so multifaceted, and how they apply under different circumstances and orientations, such as right-wing and jihadist terrorism.
One of my favorite aspects of this programme is analysing and transforming that knowledge into diverse assignments that target both academic and professional audiences, giving us a wide range of possibilities for future employment. It is a highly interesting course that helps develop critical thinking, and ultimately, the ability to propose viable solutions to complex societal issues.
What does this master's programme entail?
Radicalism, extremism and terrorism are phenomena that rank high on the security agenda. In the track Governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism you will be familiarised with the academic debate regarding these contested concepts. By studying the historical and current manifestations of radicalism, extremism and terrorism and the social and political dynamics related to these phenomena, you will acquire the analytical skills necessary to assess the emergence of (potentially) violent movements and actors, as well as state and societal responses to them and their (unintended) consequences.
In this track you will
- Be familiarized with academic research on manifestations of politically-oriented activism, extremism and violence;
- Study the formation of protest movements, (new) cleavages in society, group dynamics within protest movements, interactions and conflicts with authorities and the broader social, political, economic, technological and ideological environment.
- Study historical and current manifestations of radicalism, extremism and terrorism and thus acquire the analytical skills necessary to assess dynamics leading to the emergence of (potentially) violent movements and actors, as well as state and social responses to them and their (unintended) consequences;
- Study and discuss the actors, strategies and practices engaged in preventing, detecting and responding to political violence and terrorism;
- Be familiarized by using a government perspective with the main challenges of multi-actor security networks and study the role of society, media and citizens in dealing with (violent) protest and the political, organizational and ethical challenges of the governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism.