Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP) has been demonstrated to be very effective in reducing violence and preventing harm to civilians in conflict situations around the world. This course offers training in nonviolent peacekeeping (also called Unarmed Civilian Protection by the UN.)
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, Bangladesh and Iraq.
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
May 2019 (exact dates TBD)
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.
For more information...
Please call 250.365.1208
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