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Human Rights Communications (Various Universities)


Humanitarian communication: Addressing key challenges

Humanitarian contexts are characterized by very peculiar features: carry out communications activities in these cases sometimes is a matter of life and death. For this reason it is crucial to be prepared with the proper knowledge and specific tools for humanitarian settings. The course  “Humanitarian communication: Addressing key challenges” seeks to prepare students and professionals to work in the humanitarian communication sector. The course is provided by the University of Geneva (UNIGE): founded in 1559 and today the university is one of Europe’s leading universities for research, education and dialogue.

The Humanitarian communication course consists of five weeks and the aim of the course is to understand the specific framework of communication in humanitarian settings: leaners will explore the different types of communication and communication structures that one could encounter in humanitarian context. In particular, students will learn how to reach the target audiences and how to face the main challenges of communication in humanitarian settings. The course will illustrate the communication project cycle, the way to implement the first steps of the communication project cycle and how to design a communication plan in the midst of humanitarian action. Students will also gather practical information about key behavioral postures to be more effective when communicating.

The teachers of the Humanitarian communication course are: Prof. Doris Schopper, Director of joint Centre of the University of Geneva (CERAH), Dr. Valérie Gorin, CERAH lecturer, course coordinators and lecturers at CERAH Jean-Marc Biquet and Claire Barthélémy, Claire Doole, Invited lecturer and Claire Bellmann, Professional Trainer, Coach and Facilitator.

It is possible to access video lectures and certain assignments for free in most courses, but in order to go deepen is more desirable to purchase the course to have access to all of the features and contents necessary to earn the Course Certificate. The cost for the course is 46 euros with possibility to apply for financial aid. Once attendants enroll for the Certificate, all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments will be available. The course schedules are flexible: course fee payments provide 180 days of full course access and Certificate eligibility: self-paced courses have suggested deadlines, but attendants won’t be penalized for missing deadlines as long as they earn the Certificate within 180 days. On the contrary, session-based courses require to meet deadlines to stay on track.

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Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences

Transmedia Storytelling is a free online course shaped to students and professionals interested in expanding their knowledge about storytelling practices in contemporary culture using digital and emerging technologies. The course is offered by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), an Australian public research university located in Sydney. Established in 1949, more than 52,000 students from over 130 countries attend ENSW, which is regarded one of the country’s leading universities.

The course seeks to inspire the participants to develop a great story idea for entertainment, marketing or social change by building up an engaging multi-platform narrative experience. In particular, students will learn: how to develop their ideas and to turn them into an expansive narrative; how to identify, and engage different audiences in their stories; how to use innovative technologies to share the stories and to grow audiences; how to involve the community through different platforms. The last objective will include learning more about web experiences, social media communities, mobile devices, theme parks, and even augmented and virtual reality.

Thanks to this course, learners will gather more competencies about current theory and industry examples as successful transmedia storytelling projects involving movies, digital entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and more: in particular attendants will have access to the personal stories, insight and advice of innovative transmedia storytelling professionals from Hollywood USA, Canada and Australia. They will also undertake learning activities to gather the tools they need to start developing their own stories. The professors of Transmedia Storytelling are: Dr Simon McIntyre, Director, Learning and Innovation; Dr Ollie Bown, Senior Lecturer; Emma Robertson, Associate Professor; Dr Geoge Khut, Lecturer; Dr Jeffrey Koh, Associate Lecturer.

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Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media

Are you interested in learning how to search and denounce political corruption or bribery?

The course “Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media” will help you to understand how raising public awareness can create political and social change: relevant examples of investigative journalism from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe will be analyzed and illustrated in this course. The course is part to the set of ColumbiaXFree online courses provided by the Columbia University, which is one of the world’s most important centers of research. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis: with its online courses it aims to enlarge it audience around the world.

The Global Muckraking course is introductory and features interviews with historians and investigative journalists from around the globe. Students will discover the crucial role that journalism has played in fighting injustice and political wrongdoing. In particular, learners will understand: the role of journalists as watchdog in relation to government and politics; the difference between hard and soft pressures on investigative journalism; trends in media innovation and investigative reporting in the digital age.

The professor of this course is Anya Schiffrin Director of the Technology, Media and Communications specialization, Columbia University. The course is free but in order to receive an instructor-signed certificate with the institution’s logo, the cost is $50. The verified certificate is a proof the achievement of the students and it increases their job prospects. The duration of the course is five weeks.

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Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator

Provided by the Yale University, this course aims to teach students and professionals to manage discussions and to be able to predict, interpret, and shape behavior according to the interlocutors faced during competitive situations. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, and founded more than 300 years ago, Yale University brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe.

The course “Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator” will illustrate how to make principled arguments that persuade others by going beyond the surface of apparent conflicts to uncover the underlying interests. Besides the theory, the course will provide interactive exercises that will include negotiations with other students using case studies based on common situations in business and in life. The cases also provide a setting to discuss a wide-ranging set of topics including preparing for a negotiation, making ultimatums, avoiding regret, and dealing with someone who has a very different perspective on the world.

Advanced topics include also for instances negotiating over email, and the role of gender differences in negotiation. Finally, students will get feedbacks on their performances; to close out the course, there will be insights from three negotiation experts: Linda Babcock – James M. Walton Professor of Economics at Carnegie-Mellon University – expert in the role of gender differences in negotiation; Herb Cohen author of two classics in negotiation, “You Can Negotiate Anything” and “Negotiate This!”; and John McCall MacBain, founder of one of the largest classified advertising companies in the world, Trader Classified Media, today he is a philanthropist focused on education.

The Milton Steinbach Professor Barry Nalebuff will be the teacher at this course, which will last for 9 weeks. The course schedules are flexible, as long as attendants earn the Certificate within 180 days. Session-based courses may require to meet deadlines to stay on track. By purchasing the course, students will have access to all of the features and content to earn the Course Certificate. The course costs 45 euros: Coursera provides financial aid to learners who would like to complete a course but cannot afford the course fee.

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Conflict Management

In this Specialization, learners will build skills specifically aimed at managing intercultural conflicts in today’s global society, and learn to explore how competing interests and goals, power imbalances, and other factors influence the nature of conflict and management strategies. The whole specialization is provided by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) that is consistently ranked among America’s best universities. UCI is noted for its top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance.

Conflict Resolution Skills course aims to teach how to approach in a positive manner conflicts by leaning how to listen and deploy appropriate communication tactics. In particular listening and appropriate and strategic verbal and non-verbal communication skills of the participant will be enhanced during the course. Najla DeBow will be the instructor of this specific course, which is of 3 weeks of duration. As part of the whole “Conflict Management Specialization” it is possible to follow the 7-day Free Trial Unlimited that allows access to all 4 courses in the Specialization for one week. Through the free trial there is the possibility to watch lectures, try assignments, participate in discussion forums, and more in order to have a clear idea about the whole Specialization. At the end of the trial, to continue learning, the future attendants will have access to all the 4 courses by paying 36 euros per month: the formula is “the faster you go, the more you save”. There is also the annual option: subscription for 12 months at the cost of 108,00 euros. If you are interested in only one of the five courses you can pay only for one month and earn the certificate for the single course.

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