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Security & Terrorism: Course List & Overview 

The courses in the Security & Terrorism Programme are certified by the University of Buckingham.  They support the commitment our partners have made to the Continual Professional Development of their staff.  All courses are adaptable to organisational needs and requirements. 


The title and brief synopsis of each course is provided below.   

Islamism: Challenging Labels.

A critical perspective on the use of Islamism in CT, PVE & CVE arenas. The session provides an insight into the challenges & complexities associated with the term and its impact on the efficacy of C/PVE programmes. This is valuable short course for those working in PREVENT & safeguarding spaces.

Understanding ‘Islamism’.

A critical analysis of ‘Political Islam’. This course provides an insight into the underpinnings of what is commonly referred to as political Islam.

It explains the ideology and some of the key figures who influenced its development. This a valuable programme for practitioners working with FATE individuals and ideologies to better appreciate their origins and positionality.

Jihad: Examining Its Construct.

This course provides an overview of jihad is Islamic thought. It presents a number of perspectives regarding the construct of jihad, from an internalised struggle to a military campaign. It develops discussions to examine how militant FATE organisations like Da’esh & al-Qaeda have engineered the concept for operational benefits. This is a valuable programme for those in prison & probation services dealing with FATE TAct persons.

Gendered Violence.

This course offers perspectives into the role of women in terrorist activity; as active combatants, facilitators and enablers. It highlights the significant impact that woman have and continue to have on the efficacy of terrorist activity and discusses the increasing number of female participants. This is a valuable course for practitioners in the safeguarding, prevention and rehabilitative spaces.

Social Media & Terrorism.

This course examines the impact of social media in terrorism and terror related activity. It discusses the manner in which radical & extreme groups use popular & social media to communicate their narratives.

This is a valuable course for those working with safeguarding, PREVENT and TAct persons.

Lone Actor Terrorism & Masculinity.

This course provides an overview of Lone Actor terrorism. It examines some of its drivers and positions extreme Right-Wing terrorism against FATE lone actor terrorism, highlighting the similarities & differences between the two. This is a valuable course for those working in the deradicalisation, desist and C/PVE spaces.

UK Perspective on FR Militancy across Europe.

This course offers perspectives on the rise of FR extremism across Europe. It provides valuable insights on the parallels and divergences in radical FR thought across Europe and how that relates to the UK context. It challenges participants to engage with the ideological underpinnings of nationalist & supremacist terrorism.

Domestic Terrorism.

This course focuses on the UK context in the broader discussion on global terrorism. It examines the threats posed to the United Kingdom from a range of State and non-State actors.

Learning from Counter- Terrorism Mistakes of the Past.

The course examines some of the most famous terrorist attacks in history, including the Munich Olympics, 9/11, 7/7, to see where

counter-terrorism went wrong and what lessons can be learned for the present and future.

Intelligence Analysis: Techniques and Tradecraft.

In this course, a practical approach is taken to the essentials of contemporary analysis tradecraft and techniques, including discussion and exercises, touching on tactical and strategic intelligence scenarios.

Intelligence Management: Issues of Policy and Law.

This course considers intelligence organisations and communities in terms of management and policy challenges posed to organisational development in the contemporary environment.

Intelligence Oversight and Accountability Mechanisms.

In this course, the core principles of intelligence oversight and accountability in a liberal democracy are examined, including questions of law, functional and operational oversight, and public communications.

Cyber Security.

This course examines the threat picture, including military, terrorist and criminal spheres as well as information threats such as disinformation and “fake news”.

Technology and Security: Threats and Policy.

Perhaps more now than ever, technological change is shaping and driving the threat picture and counter-threat strategy. This course examines the management and policy challenges and priorities, and how they are likely to develop in the future.

Extremist Propaganda and Narratives on the Internet.

This course examines the contemporary extremist environment through the lens of the theory of propaganda and ideological development, and considers challenges to counter-extremism policy- makers.

The Jihadist Foreign Fighter Problem: Threat and Policy.

In this course, the policy challenges posed to domestic counter- terrorism by “jihadist foreign fighters” returning from a range of conflict scenarios is examined and discussed.



The Modern History of Terrorism.

This course embeds a deeper understanding of contemporary terrorist threats by considering the historical development of the phenomenon of “modern terrorism”.

Populism in Politics.

In the contemporary “post-truth” environment, populism is leading to substantial shifts in the political scene. This course discusses the phenomenon of populism in its current and historical forms, and considers the implications.

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