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The College of Management Science

BCM Unifaculty London WC1N 3XX United Kingdom

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Psychology of Counter-Terrorism


Counter-Terrorism Psychology [Dip.Psy] This course examines the psychology of what makes a terrorist, terrorist groups, their motivation, recruitment, the use of the internet, the terrorist psychology, terrorist ideology, psychology of violent radicalisation, evolutionary logic of terrorism, counter-terrorism measures, deterring terrorism, the psychological impact on people and the position of the mass media.

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Part I Psychology of counter-terrorism: critical issues and challenges

 What is counter-terrorism
 What works in counter-terrorism
 Counter-terrorism policies

Part II Understanding terrorist psychology

 Motivation and mentation
 Pathways to terrorism
 Terrorist ideology
 Terrorist recruitment
 Terrorist group vulnerability
 Terrorist group functioning

Part III Psychology of violent radicalisation

 Why are individuals drawn to terrorist groups
 Psychoanalytic approach
 Cognitive approach
 Social approach
 How do individuals become involved in terrorist groups
 Current trends in violent radicalisation

Part IV Why people support terrorism


Part V The evolutionary logic of terrorism

 Terrorism as a form of war
 Terrorism is about morality
 Terrorism is about revenge
 An evolutionary framework
 Costly punishment
 The cure?

Part VI The internet and terrorism

 Why do terrorist movements use the internet?
 Resource acquisition
 Intelligence gathering
 Facilitating involvement: considering virtual communities of terrorist support
 Identity negotiation, recruitment and radicalisation
 Countering terrorist use of the internet
 The internet and possible counter-terrorism initiatives

Part VII Impact of the media on terrorism and counter-terrorism

 The search for recruits and support
 The psychological impact of terrorist propaganda
 Does media coverage cause terrorism?
 Does media coverage cause other harm?
 Counter-terrorism and the media

Part VIII Disengaging from terrorism

 The process of disengagement
 The disengagement of individual terrorists
 Organizational disengagement

Part IX Terrorists and extremists in prison

 Management strategies with extremist prisoners
 Recruitment and radicalisation of other prisoners
 Reform of extremist prisoners
 Italian laws – pentiti
 Italian laws – dissociata
 Spanish laws –social reinsertion
 Rehabilitation of militant Jihadis

Part X Interrogation tactics and terrorist suspects

 Allegations of abuse
 The Stamford University prison experiment
 Research on physical environment and interrogator bias
 Police interrogation tactics U.S. and U.K. practices
 The Reid Technique

Part XI Terrorist tactics and counter-terrorism

 Core factors

Part XII Deterring terrorism

 Demands for greater protection
 Components of public space counter-terrorism
 Averting terrorism by technological innovation
 Reconsider target-hardening and surveillance approaches in counter- terrorism
 Preventing terrorism and the ‘rational actor’ approach
 Pre- and post-event effectiveness
 Expanding the network of surveillance
 Technology and its social environment
 Technological filtering

Part XIII Countering the psychological impact of terrorism

 Components of psychological response to terrorism
 The international context
 The British experience
 Measuring public anxiety
 The British response
 Public attitudes towards responding to terrorism

The course fee is £325 [325GBP] which may be paid in full on enrolment or spread over 8 months at £45 per month. To enrol please visit

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