Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Countering Hate Speech 2019

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The Interactive Open Online Course for motivated youth willing to address challenging issues with action. 

‘Countering Hate Speech’ is the Interactive Open Online Course where participants learn about and discuss current challenges posed by hate speech in their communities and societies at large. Not only do participants engage in dialogue about the topic and get access to expert video lectures, they also collaboratively work towards creating a campaign to counter hate speech in various forms. This makes ‘Countering Hate Speech’  an action-oriented course where participants are inspired, share knowledge and learn from each other. 

Dates May 20 - Jun 21 2019

Duration 5 weeks

Language English

Application deadline May 13 2019

Weekly time investment
-> 1-2 hours: preparation and assignments -> 2 hours: online group sessions

Participants in this course will get the opportunity to review expert content developed by European Alternatives, with the support of the Foundation Remembrance Responsibility Future (EVZ) and the Mott Foundation. In addition, they are encouraged to putting their own experiences, values and perspectives on the forefront while engaging with peers through Virtual Exchange.

Participants will gain an understanding of what hate speech is (and what it is not); the various forms it can take; its causes and consequences; how it is regulated and what place it takes in our societies. In addition, this course aims to inspire and activate participants by addressing concrete examples, tactics and strategies of how to respond to hate speech.

After successful completion of this course, participants are awarded an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badge.

Course outline


This course is open and free of charge to anyone between 18- 30 years old who is a national of or resident in one of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Project countries.

The application deadline for prospective students is 13 May 2019.

Registration is currently closed

Partnership enquires

Interactive Open Online Courses provide youth with the opportunity to learn both with and from their peers across cultural contexts and national boundaries. The facilitated online meetings are organized around relevant skill-building activities and discussing dynamic content provided by expert academics and practitioners.

If you are interested in offering this course to your students, volunteers in your organisation, or other eligible participants, please contact us. We are happy to offer more information and discuss possible partnership arrangements.

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More about our courses

Interactive Open Online Courses provide youth with the opportunity to learn both with and from their peers across cultural contexts and national boundaries in facilitated online meetings alongside relevant skill-building activities and dynamic content provided by expert academics and practitioners. These courses combine the deep impact of intercultural exchange with the broad reach of online learning to allow more young people to have meaningful intercultural learning experiences as part of their formal or non-formal education. Interactive Open Online Courses are part of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange. This project provides an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning.

An innovative learning experience

Participants in the interactive courses are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Engage with youth from different countries, cultures and backgrounds in a virtual classroom;
  • Discuss topical themes on technological innovations, social identity and culture;
  • Learn from expert content and materials;
  • Improve language and communication skills;
  • Build 21st-century skills that improve employability, including the ability to work in a virtual and intercultural environment;
  • Gain an Erasmus+ digital badge and become an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange alumni.
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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

This Interactive Open Online Course is part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project and as such produced under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the Union’s budget. The opinions expressed are those of the Sharing Perspectives Foundation, our partners and participants only and do not represent the European Commission’s official position.

© 2020 European Union and EACEA. All rights reserved. Certain parts are licensed under conditions to the EU and EACEA.

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Course manual

Here you find essential information about the curriculum, assignments and how to earn your badge.

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Video and Content

Review the weekly videos and content in preparation for your online session here and submit your video-lecture comment.

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Online meeting room

Click here to log in to the Exchange Portal. Here you will find the meeting room for your weekly group sessions.

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Assignment Manual

Have a looka t the assignment manual for further details about the assignments.

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Video lecture comment

Video lecture comments should be 1-2 paragraphs in length. Your response shouldn’t be a summary, but instead should demonstrate you grappling with the concepts, questions, and implications in the lecture. Feel free to include questions of your own that you would like to discuss further with your group.

Submit here

Final project proposal

Choose an idea and submit a proposal for your awareness campaign to counter hate speech. Your proposal will cover the following questions;

  • Case/form of Hate Speech: Which case of hate speech is the campaign addressing and why? 
  • Message: What is the key message of your action?
  • Audience: Who is the target audience? 
  • Format: what format will you to spread your message? You can choose from:
    1. Presentation, website, blog or other written material
    2. Video, cartoon (powtoon), animation
    3. Infographic, digital poster, meme
    4. Social media campaign
Submit here

Final project

Through the webform linked below, you need to submit your final material as part of your campaign against hate speech. Make sure you can share your material(s) using a link to a webpage, google document or image, youtube video etc.

Submit here

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