Countering Hate Speech

This Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange will take participants on an interactive, action-oriented journey on countering hate speech in Europe.

What are the various forms hate speech is taking? What are the causes and consequences of hate speech at the individual and societal level? How is hate speech regulated in Europe? And what can be done to fight hate? Based on a human rights perspective, this course explores these questions and the actions that can be undertaken to effectively counter hate and promote open societies.

  • Start date: November 5 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Weekly time investment: 1-2 hours (preparation and assignments) +  2 hours (online group sessions)
  • Application deadline: October 26, 2018

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. This will result in participant-lead human rights-based action day against hate speech.

After Succesful completion of this course, participants are awarded an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badge. Read more about the assessment criteria in the Course Outline here.

“Countering hate Speech”  is part of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange which is part of the Erasmus+ programme, providing an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning. Working with Youth Organisations and Universities, the project is open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in any of the Erasmus+ programme countries or Southern Mediterranean countries. Please note that as there are limited spaces, please note that we reserve the right to select participants based on their motivation and availability for the course.

See the Course Outline here for more information on the weekly content, assignments, expectations and assessment criteria.

Apply now!

Apply for this course by filling out this online form before October 26th.

All applicants will be notified of the selection results within one week after closing the application.

Please note that all the personal information and data collected will be only shared with the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Project only for the purpose of the course registration and administration. You can view the privacy statement here.


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Learn more about this course by reading the Course Outline. 


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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

This virtual exchange programme is part of the Erasmus+ virtual exchange 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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