New Approaches to Countering Terror: Countering Violent Extremism

The “New Approaches to Countering Terror: Countering Violent Extremism” is a multi-week interactive Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) offered by START and designed to help students explore both pragmatic and philosophical challenges that continue to shape the evolution of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), a global security paradigm. START, a Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence and research, training and education center housed at the University of Maryland within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), serves as a leading voice in the national and international dialogue regarding CVE. START’s Director and the course instructor, Bill Braniff, will introduce the concept of CVE and explore the promise of CVE as a more comprehensive and proactive approach to the complex phenomenon of violent extremism. This 3.5 hour course will take an in-depth look at CVE as a relatively new area of policy and practice. As such, this MOOC can serve as an awareness-raising course, targeting anyone interested in terrorism, community resilience, security, policy and/or civil rights issues.

Course syllabus:

  1. Introduction

  2. Introduction to the field of CVE

  3. Spectrum of CVE activities which include engagement, prevention, intervention, rehabilitation/reintegration and counter-messaging efforts

  4. Exploring how different CVE programs are implemented in the United States, in countries around the world, and online