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Terrorism & International Security Studies

City Colleges’ Professional Diploma
  • Gain a solid understanding of terrorism and how it links in with the current security climate
  • Delivered in Classroom, Online or On Demand
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  • Starting September 2024

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Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.
Price from €1095
  • City Centre Location
  • Fully Interactive Limited Class Size
  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starting September 2024
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm
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Live online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.
Price from €995
  • Live & fully online
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  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starting September 2024
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm
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A flexible online approach developed to allow you to learn at your own pace.
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  • Suit your own Schedule
  • Access for 10 weeks
  • 12 -13 weeks to send in the assignment

The Professional Diploma in Terrorism will be delivered from both a theoretical and also practical and operational perspectives.

While the course will have a certain amount of theory and academic knowledge and context, it will also focus on methodologies that can be applied to operating in dangerous and volatile environments. Case studies will play a significant part to explain to the student how different threats and security situations have developed on a global basis. This will include less well known incidents and operational knowledge gleaned from the course deliverer’s own perspective based on work undertaken in volatile regions.

The current iteration of terrorism and its impact in both the Middle East and Europe will be analysed and allow the student to develop the ability to make calm and reasoned assessments for themselves and not be swayed by the various propagandists and ideologues in the world today.

By the end of this course the student will have been given a solid understanding of terrorism and how it links in with the current security climate. However, they will also be introduced to some of the tool and methodologies being used by a variety of agencies to counter and contain threats. This will be shaped and adjusted so as to be applicable to those who may not intend to pursue a career in this area, but whose career takes them in harm’s way.

Week 1 – Understanding Terrorism and its Origins

Week 2 – Motivations – Making the Terrorist

Week 3 – Terrorist failures and successes (the evolving concept of the kidnap as a weapon)

Week 4 – Contemporary Threats (including threat assessment and who the main players are)

Week 5 – Reading the International Security Landscape (who does what and how they do it)

Week 6 – Countering Terror (methodology and case studies)

Week 7 – Understanding the role of intelligence in security application

Week 8 – The concepts of Situational Awareness and Acceptance in containing Terrorism

Week 9 – Response by the State to Terror and Threat (looking in particular at Irish responses and contributions)

Week 10 – Working and Travelling in the shadow of Terror (techniques, tradecraft and adaptable methodologies to stay safe)

Those who wish to understand the root causes of terrorism and how to manage and contain it. While this may include career members of the security forces such as An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces and the Prison Service, it will also be of relevance to business and humanitarian professionals whose work brings them to volatile regions.

The course will also appeal to those involved in the local and national management of key states services and infrastructure. Those involved in policy creation for governmental and non-governmental organisations will also benefit.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Professional Diploma.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Declan Power

Declan Power

Declan Power is a former career soldier who served in the three combat arms of the Irish Army on a variety of operations both at home and abroad. He completed various specialist courses and was attached to the Chief of Staff’s branch at Defence Force Headquarters.

He attended the military college and completed a degree in journalism with Dublin City University, following which he was attached to the Defence Force Press Office. He is also a graduate in Peace and Conflict Studies from Trinity College Dublin and various professional civil and military crisis management training courses and has carried out research and training with the Brunel University Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies in London.

Declan is the author many articles and papers on security affairs as well as Siege at Jadotville, one of the few books dealing with the Irish experience of UN service in the Congo, and is currently researching Beyond the Call of Duty, which examines the stories behind the awards of the Military Medal for Gallantry.

He now works both as an independent security and defence analyst and lectures in Terrorism and International Security at City College, Dublin. When not working in Dublin he has deploys as an adviser to various UN and other operations in Africa and the Middle East. Most recently he was the lead on a project to enhance field protection skills for international civilian agencies in South Sudan, he is also involved in a European Commission project to enhance counter-terrorism mechanisms and strengthen civil society in Africa.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

Learning Outcomes

Our diploma in Terrorism will give you a solid understanding of terrorism and the tools and methodologies used to counter and contain threats.

This course aims to give the student a comprehensive grasp of modern terrorism, its origins and some idea of how it is likely to develop. The course will also act as an introduction to the international security landscape and explain who the different players are and where they are situated in terms of their roles in attempting to maintain peace and stability.

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