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MSF Speaking Out

Speaking Out Case Study Learning Modules

The MSF Speaking Out Case Study (SOCS) Learning Modules provide a suite of interactive training tools and multimedia learning opportunities that further increase understandings of speaking out dilemmas, constraints, and controversies detailed in the speaking out case studies. Modules are designed for introductory and advanced levels.

To learn from the case study dilemmas, the teaching methodology employs conceptual and empirical elements including an introduction to speaking out and the speaking out case studies, humanitarian thematics, case studies and timelines, post-action analysis, and reflections. Advanced modules offer facilitated sessions for in-depth examination of the issues.

Examples from MSF’s Speaking Out Case Studies (SOCS) are used to explore real-life scenarios of the past. Using the case study method, the learner is faced with a problem in a defined context and must explore a real situation using a variety of sources and information.

The SOCS learning modules offer fresh and innovative tools that use MSF’s key historical moments as windows for solving tomorrow’s challenges. Over the long-term, this training will contribute to better humanitarian action by teaching about concrete challenges and how to approach them. In so doing, the modules help preserve and improve the act of speaking out. 
 

The aim is to ground and impart critical thinking and analysis skills regarding MSF’s speaking out experience to a new generation of humanitarian actors.

Why take the SOCS learning modules:

Humanitarians taking these courses will gain deeper understandings of the importance and challenges of speaking out, increasing their knowledge, skills, confidence, and operational effectiveness when faced with dilemmas embedded in humanitarian crises.

Who are the SOCS learning module for:

They are for all humanitarians - current and future - from within and outside of MSF. Whether you are just starting your humanitarian career or a well-advanced decision-maker, you should take the modules if you are interested in developing or furthering your critical thinking skills and knowledge of speaking out dilemmas in humanitarian action.

Credentialing:

Courses are credentialed upon completion and will add to any repertoire of qualifications.

  • For all introductory level modules, you must complete the quiz with a score of at least 70% to receive your certificate/badge. 
  • For the advanced modules, you must complete the assignments and attend the facilitated sessions.
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You must complete the Initial Course before enrolling in any of the other courses.

For the past fifty years, different terms have been used to describe MSF's practice of speaking out, such as witnessing, témoignage (French for bearing witness), and telling it as it is.

For MSF, the SOCS courses safeguard the speaking out obligations and responsibilities that are integral to our social mission and reinforce this social mission regardless of the changes and transformations we undertake.

We can learn from past key moments in MSF and humanitarian action’s history and apply these lessons to future contexts. 

Access the Initial Course
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All introductory courses offer open enrolment for MSFers and external students alike. These modules teach foundational skills. Each course is focused on a humanitarian thematic paired with a speaking out case study, grounding the conceptual with the operational experiences of MSF. 

Students will deepen their understanding of essential humanitarian concepts, terminologies, and develop skills to effectively analyse speaking out challenges. 

Who are the Introductory Level Modules for: Current and future humanitarian decision-makers on speaking out issues and graduate-level students in related fields.

Access:

  • All Introductory level modules are self-paced and open to all for enrolment.
  • All internal and external students will need to create an account on TEMBO, MSF’s training platform to access the courses.
  • You must complete initial course to obtain the key for access to other courses.

Credentialing: For all introductory level modules, you must complete the quiz with a score of at least 70% in order to receive your certificate.

The MSF SOCS team will continue to add to the repertoire of courses, so check back periodically for updates.

Access the Introductory level Module
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The advanced courses on the speaking out case studies go beyond the introductory level courses, asking you to reflect on the dilemmas and contribute your thoughts. Facilitated sessions accompany the self-paced sessions to share reflections, while offering support, largely through peer discussion, for more challenging analyses. Advanced courses focus on enhancing skills that can be transferred to contemporary contexts. 

The complexity and difficulty of the advanced level learning is considerably elevated compared to the introductory level courses.

Who are the Advanced Level Learning Modules for: Field Coordinators, Operations, Humanitarian Affairs, Operational Communications and, Analysis Unit staff, graduate students in Humanitarian Affairs or other related fields of study, and other humanitarian leaders.

Access: 

  • All advanced level modules are blended with self-paced and facilitated sessions thus enrolment is required for both internal and external students.
  • You will need to create an account on TEMBO, MSF’s training platform to access the self-paced modules.
  • You must complete initial course to obtain the key for access to other courses.

Credentialing: for all advanced modules, you must complete the assignments and attend the facilitated sessions to obtain your certificate / badge.

Advanced Level Module