Caribbean Defense and Security Course (CDSC)
Next Course: April 29 - June 21, 2013
Dates include a Distance Learning phase (April 29 - May 24)
Resident phase (June 10 - 21)
Application period - Closed
O curso Caribbean Defense and Security Course em julho de 2013 será conduzido em inglês, sem interpretação para qualquer outro idioma em suas atividades. É requisito que o aluno seja fluente em inglês, é a ler textos neste idioma equivalentes aos esperados em nivel de pós-graduação. Assim, todos os textos que descrevem o curso e informam sobre admissão estão apenas em inglês.
» Course Director: Dr. Michael Gold-Biss
This a six week course. The online phase will be April 29 - May 24. The resident phase is June 10 - 21. The on-line learning system Blackboard and e-mail will be used during the on-line phase, during which it is expected that participants interact with their classmates and professors in asynchronous as well as synchronous sessions. Participants are required to read an average of 80 pages per week. In the resident phase the course is conducted in a combination of individual study, discussions of the literature, conferences and panels, case study and exercises. It is expected that students read an average of 60 pages per day. At the end of the course each participant will receive an individual evaluation, with grade.
» Course ObjectivesTo help participants develop and expand their competence in analyzing issues and working with policy, strategy, planning, and resource management in the security/defense sector. Participants study international and national security environments and processes, as well as defense and security policy formulation and implementation, resource management, civilian-military and law enforcement cooperation, defense economics, transnational security issues, and interagency and international coordination in order to produce more effective national security and defense policies. The course is general in its approach and uses the experience of participants, faculty, and lecturers to enrich the learning exchange.
The course combines theoretical concepts of defense and security analysis with The course combines theoretical concepts of defense and security analysis with integrated practical exercises, including lectures, individual studies, and guest speakers. This course will highlight the issues and challenges confronting small nations in the Caribbean region.
» Candidate Profile and Requirements
Candidates must be professionally engaged in defense or security issues in their countries, coming from the following institutions/activities:
• Career officials from the ministries/secretaries of Security and Defense.
• Officials from other ministries/secretaries, from the legislative and judicial branches that interact with security and defense, including planning and control and oversight institutions.
• NGO and think-tank staffs involved in security/defense matters, educators, academic researchers, journalists and members of political parties.
• Police and active duty military officers with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and above.
The course is taught at the graduate level; therefore, it is required that candidates hold a university degree or equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated in a case-by-case basis.
The course is conducted only in English. Candidates who are not native speakers of English will be interviewed telephonically prior to final selection.
Candidates must be able to commit to participating in the pre-course online, including synchronous and asynchronous sessions with professors and classmates. Certificates will be issued only to participants who have fulfilled all academic requirements.
Candidates from the English-speaking Caribbean, to include Belize, Guyana and Suriname, will be given priority over candidates from other countries.
Candidates must have access to the internet, preferably using a wide-band connection. Graduates from other CHDS courses are not eligible for admission.