Course Content, Module Learning Objectives and Activities

Module Content Learning Objectives Activities
Module One Introduction to unarmed civilian protection (UCP)
  • Define UCP and relevant terms linked to it
  • Place UCP in the traditions and practices of nonviolence and peacekeeping
  • Describe the actors within UCP
Unarmed Civilian Protection skills: To allow you to reflect on the purpose of protection, keeping peace, nonviolence, and the people UCP works with. [brief essays*] History, context and use of UCP skills: to allow you to reflect on the history and potential use of UCP. [quiz*, discussion forum]
Module Two UCP: Objectives, principles and sources of guidance
  • Describe the key objectives of UCP
  • Describe the key principles of UCP
  • List the sources of guidance for UCP and describe their relevance to UCP
UCP principles and foundations skills: To allow you to use the principles and foundations in planning responses to brief case studies and begin to work in groups. [brief essays* and working groups/discussion forum] Encouragement and deterrence, and being nonpartisan skills: To allow you to reflect on the differences between encouragement and deterrence, and to reflect on the advantages and challenges to being nonpartisan. [quiz*]
Module Three UCP: Key methods
  • Explain basic methods of UCP
  • Apply these methods in practical exercises
UCP methods and skills applied skills: To deepen your understanding of UCP methods and skills by applying them to specific scenarios. [case study*,quiz*, discussion forum, role play]
Module Four UCP in practice (1): Preparation and entrance into the community
  • Describe the core competencies of a UCP practitioner
  • Explain underlying skills of UCP
  • Describe how conflict is analyzed within UCP
  • Describe how UCP is applied in different types and stages of conflict
  • Describe how violent conflict impacts various vulnerable populations and their particular protection needs and how UCP addresses these
UCP: Preparation for entering a community: understand UCP application of needs and conflict analysis and how to use UCP in different contexts and with different populations. To deepen your understanding of how to undertake UCP conflict analysis, , and the characteristics of an unarmed peacekeeper. [quiz*, group activity] Protection of vulnerable groups skills: to understand how to use UCP methods to protect vulnerable groups by analyzing a scenario for vulnerabilities and planning responses. [brief paper* and discussion forum]
Module Five UCP in practice (2): Living in and exiting the community
  • Describe how the context is analyzed within UCP
  • Describe the basics of UCP security management
  • Describe an exit strategy
  • Describe how to apply basic UCP strategies to specific examples of varying conflicts and populations types
  • Describe key dilemmas of UCP
Using UCP in the field skills/learning objective: To develop a comprehensive understanding of the practicalities of UCP operations in the field, and how to exit from an intervention. [scenario analysis*, working group, discussion forum]

*= graded activities

The five modules outlined above will be offered on-line through UNITAR. In addition to these 5 modules, students enrolled in the course for four college credits from Merrimack College, must complete Module 0 before Module 1 begins.

Module Zero Introduction to the United Nations
  • Describe the history and mission of the UN
  • Describe the governance structure of the UN
  • Describe the critiques of the UN
History and Mission of UN: To develop an understanding of how and why the UN was formed and how the UN works to reduce conflict in the world. [quiz*] Governance and Critiques: To develop an understanding of how the UN works today through its various agencies and to evaluate the UN’s effectiveness by reflecting on critiques (positive and negative) of the UN. [quiz*, brief essay]

This online course will be conducted in English. Students who wish to enroll for this online course must be proficient in English (writing and speaking), as well as basic computer literacy.