Course Material for Policy and Law-Makers on Societal Security

Present and future policy actors are in constant need of upgrading their knowledge on today’s realities corresponding with the rapidly changing world. Deliverable 7.3 targeted to develop educational course material for policy and law-makers in societal security as a way to provide a current perspective on policy mechanism unfolding in different security areas. In 2016, the Institute for European Studies (IES) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
organised a conference in the premises of at the European Commission titled: “Managing Societal security: policy-makers as securitising actors”. To give the educational conference a longer lifespan, it was filmed and turned into an interactive online course. Policy practitioners from different EU institutions were brought together with academic experts in the areas of societal security to have an open debate on the role of the EU in prevention, risk assessment and security policies and guidelines. A successful promotion campaign was organised both at the VUB and the Commission to advertise and attract audience to the event. For further educational purposes, the VUB prepared a brochure called “Societal Security at a Glance” to introduce the audience with the history and usage of the societal security approach. J. Peter Burgess, the coordinator of the SOURCE project, also recorded a video, where he presented the project and explained the topicality of the debates organised. Following the event, the recorded conference was split into modules that were put online. The modules were complimented by educational assignments and discussion forums to meet pedagogical requirements. The online course was placed online at the Canvas e-learning platform featuring the most recent innovative solutions for distant learning. The link to the course was then shared on the SOURCE website, distributed to conference speakers and to the SOURCE project partners. In late 2017, the IES board took a decision to run the course as an elective in the framework of the institute’s postgraduate certificate program.

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