The OICD's Flagship online, instructor-led, course

You can fight division and promote cohesion through the power of identity and culture.


The OICD Institute's Flagship Instructor-Led Course

The Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD) works to counter identity-based divisions and promote peace and cohesion through Identity-based research and real-world programs and initiatives. "Conflict Resolution - Repairing the Divisions of Identity" is the OICD's flagship foundation course, designed for anyone who aims to build cohesion, peace and harmony with those they work alongside or serve on a daily basis.

Why Identity and Culture?

Individuals and communities seem more vulnerable to succumbing to divisions of "us" and "them" than ever. The results of such division threaten individual well-being, social cohesion and harmony, and the integrity of our national and international institutions.  This course provides participants with the ability to see how identity is used to create division, and the frameworks and tools necessary to counter that division across a range of contexts.

These frameworks and tools can be used to increase the effectiveness of initiatives within: anti-discrimination education; social support services; human rights advocacy, conflict transformation; counter-organized crime, hate crime, and terrorism; regional and national social cohesion policy making; peacebuilding; counter-disinformation policy; and related fields.

The course has no formal entry requirements and students and practitioners from all fields are welcome.

The Course Syllabus & Benefits

Session One

In the first part of the course we explore how identities help to fulfill human needs such as the need to feel connected to each other, free from fear and valid in the world. Through team exercises, we will examine the relationship between violence, hatred and identity.

Session Two

In the second interactive session, participants will learn some key ways to become better observers and interpreters of identity. We will learn techniques to help unpack the deeper meaning of behaviour and discourse and use roleplay to investigate how identities are produced to suit certain contexts.

Session Three

Putting what we have learnt into practice, the final session will concentrate on understanding how to build strategies and interventions to make some real world change. Concentrating on maximising effectiveness and ethnical standards we will explore the many options available to a variety of professions and sectors.

Full Course Features and Benefits

Here's a break-down of the full features of the OICD instructor-led course.

  • Nine hours of online tuition with an OICD expert, facilitator, and a small group of like-minded participants
  • 12 Guided and interactive modules (4 per session) covering a wide range of content with case studies
  • A Slack group to discuss class themes outside of the instructor learning hours
  • A variety of activities and exercises, including role-play, group work and mini-lectures
  • A certificate of completion issued by the Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD)
  • Access to supporting course materials
  • A foundation level competency in understanding and combating identity-based divisions
  • Priority access to OICD professional education and project services upon completion

How does it work?

One three hour session per week for three weeks, Online

The course is conducted online with all sessions led by a qualified expert OICD instructor and facilitator. Over three weekly sessions of three hours per session, the class will explore the topics through small-group discussion, roleplay, problem-solving exercises, multimedia content and mini-lectures. Upon enrollment, you will be sent a welcome email with the links to the video conference location and Slack workspace. You will be sent a reminder email prior to the start of the course cohort. The course operates on a first-come-first-served basis until full. There are no formal requirements for entry other than an enthusiasm for the topics, and a desire to learn and participate in the learning process. Full refunds for course enrollments are possible up to 72 hours prior to the start of your cohort class. You may change cohorts for no charge up to 24 hours prior to the course start.

Identity is a core issue for peacebuilding work, but also a very complex one. What I found interesting and relevant about the OICD's approach is the way it combines a high level conceptual model with practical application.

Phil Vernon, former Director of Programmes
Phil Vernon, former Director of Programmes International Alert, London, UK (2004-2017)

With an interest in conflict prevention and resolution, I was looking for an opportunity to apply my academic knowledge to real-world projects. The interdisciplinary approach and unique methodology of conflict management that OICD applies is unparalleled.

Dr. Aliya Tskhay, Research Associate
Dr. Aliya Tskhay, Research Associate University of St. Andrews

Special Limited Launch Enrollment Pricing 129 GBP (Approx. $169 USD) - Low Income Country Pricing 50%

There are a limited number of places on each launch cohort so enroll today! If you are from a low income country, you may process one payment and receive two places on the course. We also offer a 100% tuition scholarship every cohort. Email to apply for a scholarship.

Choose a Class Cohort to Enroll

Kindly note that all cohorts operate weekly sessions during the following times: 1700-2000 GMT (London), 1800-2100 CET (Paris), 1200-1500 ET (New York)