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Words Matter: a Crash Course in Stomping Out Hate Speech

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7 - 31 October 2020


4 weeks




4 live webinars (2.5-3 hours each) preceded/followed by off-line activities

Weekly time investments

Around 5 hours (2.5-3 hours webinar, 2-2.5 hours preparation and assignments)


Free of charge

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Application deadline

4 October 2020

Confirmation of acceptance

5 October 2020


1. Entry requirements

The course is designed for university and post-graduate students, PhD candidates, media and other professionals, including United Nations (UN) personnel, as well as anyone interested in gaining an understanding of what hate speech is, how it manifests itself and the tools to combat it.

Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a three-year university degree issued by an internationally recognized university;
  • Have a very good working knowledge of English.

2. Course Methodology

The course is delivered online. It combines live webinars in a virtual classroom, led by subject matter experts, with off-line activities (reading material, assignments, discussions, quizzes). 

The live webinars are conducted on an exclusive online platform. Participants need a computer (recommended) or a mobile device with audio and video capabilities, a headset with a microphone to connect to the audio through the computer or mobile device, as well as a reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing audio through the computer. No special software is required. Upon acceptance to the course, participants will be provided with information to access the platform.

Each module should include: 1 quiz, 1 assignment (thought-provoking short reading, video/cartoon to foster asynchronous discussion in the form of comments) and 1 practical case study. Case studies should be taken from real cases – relevant related material (i.e. Facebook screenshots, newspaper articles, tweets…) should be provided.

3. How to apply

  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form to by 4 October 2020.
  • Confirmation of acceptance: the results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail, within 5 working days following receipt of the application, and no later than by 5 October 2020.

Application form: 

4. Certificate of participation

Upon participation to the live webinars and completion of the proposed activities, a certificate of participation issued by UNICRI and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect will be awarded.

5. Contacts

Email: (please indicate “Hate speech online course” in the subject of the email)

Tel: (+39) 011 6537157 or (+39) 011 6537111