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New Online Winter Skills Courses in Geospatial and Social Network Analysis for Terrorism


New Online Winter Skills Courses in Geospatial and Social Network Analysis for Terrorism

September 25, 2014

START is now offering two new fully online one-credit winter courses during January 2015. Registration opens October 28th, 2014 - seats are limited for the first iteration of these courses to 25 students per course. Courses are open to anyone, please see the full website for detailed descriptions and for information on how to apply as a visiting student to the University of Maryland. Successful students will be awarded one undergraduate credit per course from the University of Maryland, College Park as well as a printed certificate of completion. Questions should be directed to education@start.umd.edu.

Geospatial Analysis for Terrorism

Students will be introduced to Geospatial Information Systems and the technology’s specific applications to terrorism studies. No previous experience with GIS or terrorism data is necessary. Students will leave the course with a firm grasp of GIS technologies and the ways in which they may be implemented in terrorism studies.

Social Network Analysis for Terrorism

The concept of “network” has become central to many discussions of terrorism and political violence research. However, use of the term is rarely backed with theoretical and empirical analysis of actual networks. This course will instruct students in the basics of social network analysis and how to apply SNA methods in the field of terrorism studies.