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Understanding and countering hate speech in global crises

What is this course about?

Hate speech has become a frequently used word lately, with many people having first-hand experience of it online or offline in these turbulent months. Recent crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, have magnified and exposed underlying hateful narratives and with the help of misinformation, hate speech has spilled over into our everyday lives. The newly revised version of the hate speech course adapted to current challenges supports participants to:

  • Develop an understanding of what hate speech is
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of hate speech on individuals and communities
  • Gain a better understanding of how hate speech and free speech relate to each other
  • Identify various forms of counter-actions and prepare a personal action-plan
  • Set up safety measures before engaging in counter-action

Who is this course for?

This course caters to a wide range of groups, both to newcomers to hate speech and to people who are already on a more advanced level. You might be a teacher, a police officer, a CSO employee or simply a concerned person – this course got you covered! The three specialization tracks on counter-speech, monitoring and advocacy are offered after the essential components, allowing participants to tailor their study to their interest.

Who are my teachers?

Course materials have been developed by a team of practitioners with a range of experience across NGOs and social media companies. Your tutors will be Julia Mozer and Melissa Sonnino who have many years’ experience in the field.

How will I learn?

You will be supported to follow your particular interests through selected case studies and course materials to ensure that the course is relevant to your specialization.

You will engage with your fellow learners, course tutors and visiting experts through discussion forums,  live tutorials and online activities.

Video presentations, research exercises, ‘in-conversation’ pieces with key practitioners, quizzes, and discussion forums, links to resources, practice examples and case studies, all comprise our methodology.

Together we will discuss and explore contemporary challenges, such as the role of misinformation and conspiracy theories in creating a fertile ground for hate speech, what social media companies and other stakeholders are doing, and how individuals can do their part.

Can I get a certificate?

We want to make this learning as accessible as possible during these challenging times. You can take the whole course for free and attend online, live tutorials and discussions. If you would like to apply for a certificate, having successfully completed the course, we suggest that you pay 100 euros. You can also choose to pay a different amount with PayPal. The certificate will detail your achievements and can be uploaded onto professional platforms such as your LinkedIn profile. If you would like to apply for a certificate, but you have very limited resources, we can discuss the possibility of a discount with you.

Since we are not for profit, by applying for a certificate you also support the platform and further course developments.