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Understanding and Addressing Extremism Teach-Out

Understand the growing issue of extremism and what we can do to address and counter extremist views.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Delve into the history of domestic and international extremism

In the wake of the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol, the rising issue of extremist views has become a conversation across the globe, specifically about countering violent extremism.

On this two-week Teach-Out, you’ll learn about the history of global extremism, how it has become more mainstream, and the ways we can address the issue.

How do political polarisation and social media play a part in extremism?

With online radicalisation an ever-growing threat, it’s important to understand the role that social media plays in both political polarisation and extremism.

This Teach-Out will also help you better understand the psychology of extremism and what drives people to develop extremist views.

Develop action strategies for combating extremism

By completing this Teach-Out, you’ll look at ways you can take action in your own life, how to counter extremism in your own community, and strategies for addressing extremist views with friends and family.

Learn with top researchers and scholars from the University of Michigan

This Teach-Out is led by the experts at The University of Michigan; top researchers and scholars who are all well-situated to present a broad range of perspectives.

They will guide you through the topic, helping you to understand the issue of extremism and giving you the strategies to counter it in your own life.

What topics will you cover?

  • History of Extremism
  • Political Polarization
  • Social media and Disinformation
  • Domestic and International extremism
  • Action Strategies to Addressing Extremism

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding of the history of extremism.
  • Explore the role that social media plays in fostering extremism.
  • Reflect on ways in which they can address extremism in their own communities.

Who is the course for?

This Teach-Out is for anyone interested in learning more about rising global extremism and associated extremist groups. It’s designed to help you develop actionable strategies to combat extremism.

Who developed the course?

University of Michigan

As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).

  • Established

  • Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • World ranking

    Top 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

What's included?

University of Michigan are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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