Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Countering Hate Speech

Welcome Participants!

On this page, you find all necessary links, resources and information needed to make a success out of your participation in this course.

Prepare for your first week by:

  2. Check the email(s) from ‘Juliet from Sharing Perspectives Foundation’. Check your spam folder to make sure you receive our communication
  3.  Familiarize yourself with the Exchange Portal, where your online group meetings will take place. Check out this video to see how it works!

Assignments | SUBMIT HERE >



Prior to your online group meeting each week, watch the week’s videos and then respond to at least one lecture with a comment, observation or question.



At the end of each online session, you are invited to write 1 paragraph that reflects and records your experience of the day’s session. You will be directed to fill in a short online form answering the themed question of the week. The submission will be acknowledged by the course team but will not be accessible to fellow participants.


FINAL PROJECT – Designing a campaign to counter hate speech
For this course, you are asked to design a campaign in response to hate speech in general or a specific form of it. This can be an awareness campaign, a call to action or something else. Part of this campaign should be some material output.
Deadline: before your final session in week 5


See p.4-5 of the course manual for details on the assignments and assessment.

Course Overview

  • May 18- June 19 2020
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: May 10
  • Weekly time investment: 1-2 hours (preparation and assignments) +  2 hours (online group sessions)

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.

Participants in this course will get the opportunity to review expert content developed by European Alternatives. 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.

This Interactive Open Online course is open and free of charge for any young person aged 18-30 residing in any of the Erasmus+ programme countries or Southern Mediterranean countries.  After successful completion of this course, participants are awarded an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badge.

Review the Course Outline here for more details about the weekly programme, assignments and requirements.

Who can join

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

We offer support and consultation to partnering organisations that would like eligible students, volunteers or affiliates to take part in Interactive Open Online Courses. Please contact our partnerships team below; see the section ‘Partnership inquiries’ 



Contact the course team here:

Partnership Enquiries

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 sessions 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.

Please contact the  Partnerships team by emailing or complete this form to receive more information:

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More about the 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.


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.

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