The UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, in collaboration with Project Someone and Concordia University is relaunching its massive open online course (MOOC) “From Hate to Hope: Building Understanding and Resilience.” The free, non-credit online course aims to prevent hate and radicalization by facilitating public education and providing tangible strategies to build resilience.
Following a successful first launch in the spring of 2020, the Project Someone team has evaluated and updated the course to be offered this fall. The course will run bilingually in French and English for this iteration, from November 1st to December 10th, 2021.
The course is primarily asynchronous and can be done at your own pace, with the exception of 3 exciting live sessions (held on Fridays) facilitated by co-holder Vivek Venkatesh and Dr. Nykkie Lugosi-Schimpf. These sessions provide an opportunity for participants to come together, unpack some of the themes, and pose questions to facilitators.
Designed with different community stakeholders in mind, this MOOC starts with the essentials, like the distinction between hate speech and free speech, and moves on to hot topics like fake news, filter bubbles and recruitment tactics used by hate groups––all of which are analyzed with pertinent, real-life examples.
This course offers both conceptual and actionable elements to anyone interested in learning about hate and how to make the move towards a more sustainable emotion such as hope. More importantly, tangible approaches to prevention, resilience and advocacy, online and offline, are presented as participants are invited to make a difference in their own sectors. Each module offers a wealth of varied, current and actionable knowledge, exchanges with peers, as well as interactive exercises using the hashtag #EspoirAmalHope.