Short Course On Campus

The Political Economy of Terrorism

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11 days
950 EUR/full
950 EUR/full
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The Political Economy of Terrorism course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, considers modern-day terrorism from a theoretical and especially from an empirical perspective.


Although the phenomenon of terrorism has been studied extensively from descriptive and theoretical viewpoints, many of its underlying motivations and dynamics remain difficult to pin down empirically. For example, the US alone has spent trillions of dollars on the 'War on Terror', only to harvest widespread hostility across many Middle Eastern countries. Why is that so and what could be done to perhaps avoid such undesirable consequences? 

Key facts:

The Political Economy of Terrorism course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam explores what we know about terrorism. Firstly, we study whether, when, and why terrorism has been successful to varying degrees. Secondly, we turn to the intimate relationship between terrorism and the media; exploring whether and how news coverage is likely so crucial for terror groups; and what this means for a free press. Thirdly, we consider the role of religion in terror movements, as well as radicalisation along several historical and contemporary movements (e.g., for Nazi Germany and Islamist extremism). Fourth and finally, we evaluate counterterrorism strategies, explore the few cases for which empirical evidence is available, distinguishing between approaches based on force vs. hearts-and-minds.

Programme Structure

By the end of this course, students will have learnt:

  • What sets terrorism apart from more traditional types of warfare.
  • How the public, commentators, and researchers assess and interpret terrorism.
  • What constitutes "success" for a particular group, understanding the consequences of terrorism.


All Advanced Bachelor's, Master’s and PhD students - A basic background in Econometrics (an understanding of regression analysis) is welcome but not crucial. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Early Bird Deadline: 15 March




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates and professionals are welcome to apply!
  • It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    950 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 950 EUR for the full programme during 11 days.
  • EU/EEA

    950 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 950 EUR for the full programme during 11 days.
  • VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner: €650 
  • Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam: €500
  • Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam : €950
  • Professionals: €1150 

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you have been accepted to VU Amsterdam Summer School and have paid the tuition fee, but due to unforeseen circumstances need to cancel, the following refunds will be given:

  • Cancellation before 1 May: 100% of total fee will be refunded
  • Cancellation before 1 June: 50% of total fee will be refunded
  • Cancellation after 1 June: no refund will be given
Costs such as travel arrangement will not be refunded. We therefore suggest to wait with booking your travel arrangements until May.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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