This five-day course aims to explore the concept of culture and its importance to planning and implementing interventions in the context of security and/ or conflict. Options for integrating cultural factors into decision-making is a key part of the course, as is identifying assumptions and cultural traits that affect our view of others and interpersonal communication. The course explores social, economic and political factors, as well as beliefs, values and communication. Consideration will be given to gender politics and sexuality and how they are expressed and impact upon behaviours. The course provides a brief introduction to the methods of social research, their limitations and strengths. It brings all these factors together in order to draw meaningful conclusions about policy choices, course of actions and implementation.

Course details

5 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Entry requirements

There are no specific requirements for these un-accredited short courses but, please note they will all be taught in English.

Key Benefits

This course is aimed at anyone in the military, security or corporate worlds interested in taking people and local context into account when policy-making, building relationships or planning interventions. It provides the tools for a systematic analysis that allows integration into the overall effort with a view to interventions more closely aligned with local circumstances. Critically, it enables reflection on one’s own assumptions so that this can also be taken into account as a way of developing one’s own thinking about people. In this way the course is not simply training but personally educational and developmental.