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.

Training Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between two ways of addressing violent extremism: counterterrorism (CT) and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE);
  2. Explain the CVE spectrum of non-violent approaches to countering terror, including prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation/reintegration programs; and,
  3. Make sound analytical judgments about CVE programs and their potential.
Intended Audience:
General Public
Delivery Format:
Asynchronous Online
Registration Info:

Registration for "New Approaches to Countering Terror: Countering Violent Extremism" is available through Coursera. Enrollment is available year-round. You do not need to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to enroll.

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Contact Info:

For more information about this course, contact the START Training Team at 301-405-6600, at, or make an online request for more information.

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