Welcome to the Module 3 - Humanitarian U: Cross-cutting themes and future directions course. This online course addresses important cross-cutting issues that must be considered in all humanitarian operations.  A cross-cutting issue is an issue that is of relevance to all areas of concern, meaning that these need to be kept at the forefront of how humanitarians think in the field. The issues explored in this course include gender, disability, environment, protection, HIV/AIDS and DRR (disaster risk reduction). 

Humanitarians must work in incredibly insecure environments and as such security must play an important part in training and preparation for deployment. This course covers security in the field – both pre-departure and on-site - and includes risk assessments, what to do in specific situations, and how to come home safe.

The programme is made up of several Modules. This course contains Module 3.

Module 3: Security

Module topics

  • Security - key concepts
  • Trends in security incidents

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Is this course for me?
This module is suitable for all humanitarians, in particular those who are new to the sector, those who are keen to refresh their knowledge, and volunteers in humanitarian response. 
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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will:
  • Identify the difference between personal and operational security
  • Identify what is a threat, a vulnerability and a risk
  • Recall the steps to conduct a risk assessment
  • Define the most common threats humanitarian face
  • Identify best practices to respond safely to a threat
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How long will it take?
 It should take you about 1 our 45 minutes to complete
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How much does it cost?
 This course is free.
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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes! You will be able to download a certificate after you have completed all the modules and the feedback form.
The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Click on       Join        button on this page. This will take you through to the course modules. Don't worry, if you stop a module halfway through, you can always continue later from where you left off.