Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP) has demonstrated to be very effective in reducing violence and preventing harm to civilians in situations around the world.
UCP involves the use of highly trained peace professionals who use the principles of nonviolence to provide direct physical protection to civilians in a variety of contexts. Some of the strategies used include protective accompaniment, creation of safe spaces, proactive presencing, interpositioning, monitoring and reporting, and relationship building.
This citation program is being offered in collaboration with Nonviolent Peaceforce, a major global organization that employs UCP strategies in several areas, including the Philippines, South Sudan, Myanmar and Colombia.
The program is intended for an international audience, as the first five modules are offered on-line. The sixth or final module will be a two-week workshop occurring at the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College.
Learning Goals of the Program
By the end of the program, students will be able to seek employment among organizations that engage in UCP. Specifically, the program will cover the following material:
Introduction to Unarmed Civilian Protection
Unarmed Civilian Protection: Objectives, Principles and Sources of Guidance
Unarmed Civilian Protection: Key Methods
Unarmed Civilian Protection in Practice: Preparation and Entrance into the Community
Unarmed Civilian Protection in Practice: Living in and exiting the community
This is a part-time program that will take one semester to complete. The five on-line modules will each take approximately eight hours each to complete. The sixth module is a two-week in-person workshop, to be held at the Mir Centre for Peace.
The program is scheduled to run in two parts.
Part One: Five online modules
Start date: Monday, January 18, 2016
End date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Part Two: Two-week, full-time, intensive workshop
Monday to Friday, April 18-29, 2016
The tuition of the program is $899 plus GST.
Financial Assistance Available
Selkirk College hopes to offer financial assistance to international students, in order to facilitate their participation in the final module – the two-week workshop on-site at the Mir Centre for Peace.
The program will be delivered in English, making proficiency in English a requirement. One year of post-secondary studies, or a minimum age of 21 years is recommended.
What can I do once I graduate?
This citation in UCP will enable you to apply for volunteer and paid positions with organizations that specifically hire unarmed civilian peacekeeping personnel. Additionally, this course is helpful for anyone seeking employment in international humanitarian work, as it prepares students with the skills of cultural awareness, communication and violence de-escalation.
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