Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC) in Madrid has started offering for the academic year 2019/2020 a pioneering bilingual program of “Specialist in Strategic Communication, Hybrid Threats and Security”, with the collaboration of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE). The Postgraduate Course aims to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyse and respond to hybrid threats from the perspective of communication and security studies.
As a main objective, the Specialist aims to develop career profiles with the competences required for the multidimensional analysis of these threats, the detection of hybrid influencing campaigns, and the planning of effective responses –developing intelligence and strategic communication competences is key for responding to hybrid activities.
The Postgraduate program is aimed at journalism professionals, communication professionals in companies and public institutions, practitioners in law enforcement agencies and security services, Armed Forces, personnel of the public administrations, regional and local administrations, employees in corporate security departments, consultancy, and providers of services related to cybersecurity or critical infrastructure protection, communication agencies, cabinets for analysis and studies at political parties, and applicants with undergraduates degrees in a social science or other related subjects.
The programme counts with an international faculty of academics and practitioners from Europe and the United States, and is structured around the following modules:
- Asymmetry, hybrid threats and security
- Digital Environment, cyber defence and cybersecurity policies
- Propaganda, disinformation and deception
- Intelligence and strategic planning
- Communication strategy and tactics
- Workshops, simulations and games
- Scheduled visits to institutions and organizations
- Written dissertation
The teaching methodology combines lectures, case studies, group discussions, active learning through simulations/gaming, and visits to relevant institutions. These in-class activities are complementary with the students’ work through the reading of relevant literature and the elaboration of written assignments, including a supervised dissertation.
Starts: September 20, 2019
Ends: April 11, 2020
Place: Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain
Maximum number of students: 30
Pre-enrolment application deadline: September 2, 2019
Directors: Dr. Rubén Arcos and Dr. María-Victoria Campos
Email: [email protected]