Completion of the Vulneraility and Violence Reduction certificate program is composed of 12-credits online credits. Online lectures will be planned synchronous “live events”, and interactive case studies.
Students will choose 3 of the 4 courses to complete the program.
The Nature of Violence: Theory and Practice (VVR 602) 4 credits ▾
Offered: 1st 8-week session fall semester (Fall A)
This course is designed to provide students with a strong theoretical understanding of the enablers, inhibitors, dynamics, and drivers of violence at the individual, community and city levels. It will draw on significant research in different contexts including: the United Kingdom, Latin America, United States, Canada, and SE Asia. This research will prepare the student to understand how the enablers and inhibitors of violence can be geographically restricted, but also how they transcend international boundaries as a result of organized crime, terrorism, and gangs. It will also draw on significant research and responses by the professional community (e.g. local and national government, third sector, education, and public health) to best counter and mitigate the impacts of violence. The applied portion of this new course will include specific case studies examining the entire lifecycle of violence, including the unintended consequences of both violent acts and responses.
Vulnerability and Violence: Theory and Practice (VVR 603) 4 credits ▾
Offered: 2nd 8-week session fall semester (Fall B)
This course is designed to provide students with advanced learning opportunities intended to increase students’ knowledge of how to apply different theories andintervention strategies to the assessment and response to experiencing homicide, state sanctioned and structural violence for diverse marginalized global communities. Using ecological, social justice, trauma and coping theories, this course will prepare students to: identify and critically examine the root causes and psychosocial consequences of experiencing chronic homicide, state sanctioned and structural violence; understand their intersectional and traumatic impact on communities; and explore culturally responsive intervention methods for helping communities cope and thrive after experiencing such tragedy. In addition, the impact of working with communities exposed to violent traumatic events for the researcher/ provider will be explored with recommendations for self-care.
The applied portion of the course uses specific case studies to demonstrate the student’s ability to apply theory to practice through the development and application of culturally responsive intervention approaches to program development and practice.
Violence Prevention and Interventions: Theory and Practice (VVR 604) 4 credits ▾
Offered: 1st 8-week session spring semester (Spring A)
This course explores key strategy, management, and leadership practices in global health programs and examines the essential components of best practice global health improvement programs. It is designed to train leaders in the application, testing, and refinement of current frameworks in health care delivery. This course will provide an in-depth review of leadership functions to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand, organize, and manage complex global health delivery organizations. Students will study the theory and practice of health care delivery, various roles within the health system, and how global health delivery organizations function. Students will apply their learning in case-based situations and deploy procedures and processes to effectively improve health outcomes.
Sustaining Non- Violence: Theory and Practice (VVR 605) 4 credits ▾
Offered 2nd 8-week session spring semester (Spring B)
This course will examine the ethical and philosophical issues raised by research involving human subjects that is conducted in international settings and examine issues involved with the standard of care, informed consent, exploitation, post-trial benefits, and a developmental and organizational model of ethics review systems. By the end of the course, students will be able to construct and support valid arguments in the analysis of exploitative research; analyze ethical questions regarding international collaborations in research, describe methods to achieve a culturally valid informed consent; describe the issues involved with tissue sample research performed between international partners, and assess an ethical review an international protocol.