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:
- Define the concept of human security in terms of an organizing standard;
- List the five principles that are associated to a human security-oriented approach;
- Identify the “must-to” associated to each principle;
- Transfer the five principles to the planning, implementation and impact evaluation of a conflict/post-conflict intervention.
The course is composed of five modules that will be covered over five weeks:
Module 1: Introduction to human security
Module 2: Operational principles of human security
Module 3: Applying human security to the planning of conflict/post-conflict interventions
Module 4: Applying human security to the implementation of conflict/post-conflict interventions
Module 5: Applying human security to impact assessment
The average workload per week is estimated at 9 hours per week.
- Have a sound understanding of the structure and functioning of a peace operation;
- Have a university degree in a relevant area with proven interest in human security (BA or equivalent) or the equivalent working experience in a relevant field (2 to 4 years);
- Have good command of English language (reading and writing);
- Be computer literate.
Please note that UNITAR PTP fellowships are awarded only to a small numbers of applicants from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and are not differed or transferred to another course. You might wish to refer the UN-OHRLLS list by clicking here.
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