Northern GermanyCore Course Week Study Tour | Terrorism & Security Program

Alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen, you will travel on a three-day Study Tour to Northern Germany. In Germany, we will examine the German left-wing terror organization ‘The Red Army Faction.’ We will look at the group, left-wing terrorism, a case-study of their attack on the Springer Verlag, and the German responses to this terrorism. We will also look at the case of Mohamed Atta, one of the hijackers and main figures behind the 9/11 attacks, who was living in Hamburg at the time.

In addition, the short Study Tour is supplemented with cultural events to help you learn more about German and Danish history and culture; touring museums, visiting historic sites, and enjoying traditional food will further your understanding of the culture and its history.

Tour Objectives

  • Understand the concept and phenomenon of terrorism, and discuss theoretical ways of approaching terrorism
  • Gain insight into the difficulties of defining terrorism
  • Analyze different terrorist organizations and terrorist attacks (causes, aims, and forms)
  • Analyze reactions (social and individual) to terrorism and counter-terrorism measures introduced

Possible Activities

  • Discuss contemporary left-wing radicalism with activists and professionals in the field
  • Visit the Rote Flora (squatted house) in the Schanzenviertel neighborhood in Hamburg- looking at its unique history as a meeting point for left-wing movements
  • Take a guided tour of KZ Neuengamme
  • Speak with a former member of the Red Army Faction (RAF)