2019 UCP Course Registration


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Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians

Unarmed Civilian Protection Online Course

Date: October 1 - November 19, 2019

Cost: $300 USD (Limited scholarships available for those unable to pay tuition, contact Nathan Lindberg at: nlindberg@nonviolentpeaceforce.org for more information.)

Unarmed civilian protection (UCP) is a methodology for the direct protection of civilians, for violence reduction, and for supporting local peace infrastructures.  This is an emerging discipline, currently practiced in areas of conflict such as Colombia, South Sudan, Palestine, the United States, Iraq, and the Mindanao region of the Philippines. The High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (HIPPO) asserted that “Unarmed strategies must be at the forefront of UN efforts to protect civilians.”

The aim of this course is therefore to contribute to the common objectives of protecting civilians and keep peace. This is a non university credit, certificate course.

This course introduces and develops the skills necessary to practice Unarmed Civilian Protection. The objectives of UCP are to prevent or reduce direct violence, to increase security and safety for civilians, and to strengthen local peace infrastructures. Organized into five modules and built around a comprehensive manual, this curriculum dives deeply into the principles and methods of UCP and identifies the core competencies and skills of a UCP practitioner. It facilitates discussion among participants and guides them through the development of the analytical skills necessary to apply UCP methods in a variety of contexts. Participants demonstrate their progress through short writing assignments and online discussion and will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course. 

Course Objectives:
By the end of the course, each student is expected to successfully: 
  • describe the key principles, objectives, and sources of guidance for UCP;
  • analyze a conflict and identify vulnerable populations;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the methods of UCP and how they can be adapted and applied to a conflict situation;
  • identify key features of an effective UCP implementation plan and exit strategy, with a view toward maximizing the security both of UCP staff and local civilians.


Module one : Introduction to unarmed civilian protection;
Module two: UCP: Principles and sources of guidance;
Module three: UCP: Methods and required skills;
Module four: UCP in practice (1): Preparing to enter and entering a community;
Module five: UCP in practice (2): Living in and exiting the community.

Instructor Bio:

Thor Wagstrom teaches world and environmental history at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His interest in nonviolence and conflict resolution sparked when he saw the movie Gandhi as a teenager, and developed through research in college and graduate school. He has created and taught courses on the history of violence and nonviolence. Thor began working as a volunteer with Nonviolent Peaceforce in 2011. He assisted with the final stages of preparing the manual Unarmed Civilian Protection: Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians Against Violence, and with the development of the accompanying UNITAR course, which he has facilitated for participants from around the world. He lives with his wife and three children in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

After registering for the online course, you will be directed to the payment page where you can pay the amount of $300.00. Paypal payment is accepted. Once the payment is finalized, you will receive an e-mail for confirming the payment.

Please note: The course will only run if there is a minimum of 15 students enrolled. If the minimum is not met, students will receive a full refund.

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