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The ISM-KA MOOC is a 7-week Massive Online Open Course to help educate and inform the general public on several topics related to International Security Management.

In this MOOC participants will learn about the colorful and diverse international security landscape, and gain insights into challenging topics including open source intelligence, serious organised crime and illicit trade.  



The ISM Knowledge Alliance recorded the videos for this MOOC at different locations in Europe in order to provide users with an insight into the original environment of these contributing partners.

A break-down of the topics for each course week below:

  • Week 1 - An introduction to the international security landscape
  • Week 2 - Managing security
  • Week 3 - Internet Intelligence and Investigation
  • Week 4 - Serious Organised Crime
  • Week 5 - Leadership in security management
  • Week 6 - Illicit trade
  • Week 7 - A positive lens on safety

During this online course, users will spend two to four hours each week learning:

  • The underlying principles, forces and actions of international security management
  • To apply the concept of a security risk assessment in their personal life
  • The challenges of international security management
  • How the internet contributes to international security management
  • How technological developments over the past decades influenced international security management
  • The consequences of illicit trade
  • The distinction between serious organised crime and terrorism
  • The role of leadership in addressing global challenges
  • To recognise the positive aspects and indicators of safety

Check out the trailer some of our experts have made to give users some hints of what they will find in our MOOC: 


Practical information

ISM-KA’s seven-week MOOC in ‘International Security Management’ is taught in English (English subtitles are also available in the video sections). There is no fee to participate in the programme. Further details about the syllabus and start dates are available through Coursera, a provider of online classes from more than 120 top universities and educational organisations, and through the following links:  

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