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Speaking Out Case Study Learning Modules

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The MSF Speaking Out Case Study (SOCS) Learning Modules provide a suite of interactive training tools and multimedia learning opportunities that further understandings of speaking out dilemmas, constraints, and controversies detailed in the speaking out case studies. Courses are designed for progressive learning, with Initial, Level 1, and Level 2 options.

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. 

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 courses offer fresh and innovative tools that use MSF’s key historical moments as windows for solving tomorrow’s challenges.  

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 deepen awareness 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 starting their humanitarian career or well-advanced decision-makers who are interested in developing or furthering their critical thinking skills and knowledge of speaking out dilemmas in humanitarian action.

Recommended Learning Path:

For optimal results, the recommended learning path is to complete modules in progressive order, no matter your level of seniority or responsibility:


  • Initial Module 
  • Level 1 Courses
  • Level 2 Courses

You may, however, access any course.

All SOCS Courses

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The Initial Module: Introduction to MSF, SOCS, and Speaking Out

15 Jun 2022
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Level 1 Course: How does Speaking Out Articulate with MSF’s Working Humanitarian Principles?

17 Mar 2022
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Level 2 Course: How does Speaking Out Articulate with MSF’s Working Humanitarian principles?

15 Jun 2022