The notion of human security first appeared as a post-Cold War attempt to transform the traditional understanding of security – framed in purely state-centric and militaristic terms – into a more comprehensive concept having as ultimate referent object the individual. Stemming from the acknowledgement of the complex character of contemporary violence, human security focuses on the protection of individual lives and recognizes that threats to human security can arise in non-military contexts and from sources other than the military.
The goal of the course is to present the concept of human security in terms of an organizing standard and to introduce the principles that inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of human security-oriented interventions in conflict and post-conflict settings.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the UN approach to human security;
- Examine the human security operational principles as applied to post-conflict interventions;
- Present the specificities of a human security approach to analysis, mapping, planning and implementation of post-conflict interventions;
- Summarize the specificities of human security impact assessment.
The course is composed of four modules that will be covered over five weeks:
- Module 1: Introduction to human security;
- Module 2: Operational principles of human security;
- Module 3: Application of human security to mapping, planning and implementation;
- Module 4: Application of human security to impact assessment.
The course adopts a methodology based on the principles of project-based learning. Project-based learning involves a comprehensive approach focused on teaching by engaging you in concrete activities. Within this framework, you will seek for solutions to real problems by different means, such as: asking and refining questions; debating ideas; making predictions; designing plans and/or experiments; collecting and analyzing data; drawing conclusions; communicating your ideas and findings to others; asking new questions; and creating artifacts.
At the beginning of the course, you will be assigned a concrete task and you will be directed to create an output – working as part of a group – that will demonstrate your acquired knowledge.
The benefits of this methodology are:
- Greater depth of understanding of concepts;
- Broader knowledge base;
- Improved communication and interpersonal skills;
- Enhanced leadership skills;
- Increased creativity;
- Improved writing skills.
The course is delivered online, asynchonously, which allows participants to log on and complete the course at the place and time that is most convenient for them. The course utilizes various media sources (web-resources, videos, images) and uses technology to facilitate the learning (forums, chats with experts). To bridge the distance, facilitators are available throughout the course to guide and support participants.
The course is open exclusively to United Nations Volunteers, holding a valid contract. Please note that a verfication will be carried out by UNVs Programme prior to the beginning of the course. Only those participants for whom possession of a valid contract is confirmed will be enrolled in the course.
No reimboursement will be possible for participants who enroll without a valid UNV contract.
- Minimum hardware and software requirements:
- Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X.
- Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html).
- Adobe Flash Player (download for free at http:/get.adobe.com/flashplayer)
- Microsoft Office (Windows or Apple version) or Open Office (download for free at http://www.openoffice.org )
- Modem: 56 K
The course Introduction to Peace Operations has been awarded the 2012 international Open ECBCheck Standards.