Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

Since the shocking terrorist attack of 9/11 and subsequent terrorism plots and attacks in numerous countries, terrorism has become the world’s greatest security threat. As countries like Canada try to respond appropriately and effectively, it has become increasingly important to better “understand” the distinctive nature and causes of modern terrorism and the special challenges it poses to the security of societies like ours.

This course draws on the latest terrorism thinking and research from a variety of academic and other sources to develop a broad understanding of terrorism as a complex social phenomenon and a challenging domestic and global security problem.

Course Outline

Week 1: Defining Terrorism and its History

Week 2: The Historical Development of Post Modern Terrorism

Week 3: Political Terrorism - Government Terrorism

Week 4: Political Terrorism - Ideological Terrorism

Week 5: Religious Terrorism - Islamic Terrorism

Week 6: Religious Terrorism - Christian Fundamentalism and Terrorism

Week 7: Social or Root Causes of Terrorism

Week 8: Individual Explanations of Terrorism

Week 9: The Funding of Terrorism

Week 10: Responding to Terrorism Threats and Challenges

Week 11: The Canadian Response to Terrorism - Policy and Practice

Week 12: Terrorizing the Future - The Future of Terrorism

What You Will Learn

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the distinctive nature of terrorism, distinguishing it from other forms of violence.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the historical evolution of terrorism, with an emphasis on modern and post-modern terrorism.
  • identify terrorism typologies and types, with an emphasis on modern religious, political, and domestic forms of terrorism.
  • articulate theories and supporting research on various social and psychological factors and processes involved in explaining terrorism and terrorist radicalization.
  • comprehend the exceptional challenges of responding effectively and appropriately to both global and domestic terrorism in democratic societies like Canada.
  • explain security policy options and the balancing of collective security and individual rights.
  • describe the changing role and nature of public policing in a security environment.
  • discuss general trends in relation to the future of terrorism and anti-terrorism.


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Recommended For

  • Police officers
  • Public safety professionals
  • Corporate security professionals
  • Crime analysts

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Global and Domestic Terrorism
Online - Self-Paced
Jan 10, 2025 to Apr 04, 2025
Online - Scheduled
4:00PM to 5:30PM
Jan 22, 2025 to Mar 19, 2025
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,095.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for the live sessions.
Section Notes

We are closed from December 24, 2024 to January 1, 2025 inclusive. Access credentials to the course site may be delayed for those who enrol during this time period.

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - click on View Details for dates. *Please note: Live session dates and times may be subject to change, but will be finalized 6 weeks prior to course start date.* 

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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