15th CSDP High Level Course 2019-2020 'Altiero Spinelli'

Other Provider(s)
Bundesakademie fur Sicherheitspolitik - BAKS (Germany), CMDR COE - Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (Bulgaria), Diplomatic Institute (Bulgaria), EU ISS - European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU), Egmont Institute (Belgium), Hellenic Army Academy (Greece), Royal Higher Institute for Defence (RHID) (Belgium)
Start - End Date
05/08/2019 - 12/06/2020
Start - End Time
10:00 - 13:00
Application Deadline
Brussels, Berlin, Athens, Sofia Belgium
Overall Aim
The overall aim of the CSDP High Level Course (HLC) is to prepare selected senior experts from EU Member States, candidate countries and EU institutions for leadership positions in the application and development of CSDP policy, crisis management and capability development, within the wider context of the CFSP, and enable them to cooperate effectively with the various actors in this field. The course aims to broaden participant’ knowledge and understanding of the EU security and defence architecture, the integrated approach to the CSDP as a key tool of the CFSP, current and anticipated policy, missions and operations, as well as to increase their awareness of new threats and other horizontal issues. The training delivered both via the eLearning platform and during the residential modules promotes a common European security culture and aims to foster the network of future leaders involved in the strategic aspects of the CFSP/CSDP.
The course encompasses four residential modules, each of which lasts one week, and will focus on specific strategic aspects of the CSDP. All residential modules are preceded by a mandatory e-learning phase which provides course participants with the necessary theoretical background to actively participate in the residential phase. The time between the residential modules should allow a proper learning process using the eLearning platform ILIAS: all course participants have to prepare for each residential module by going through the relevant eLearning module. The course is evaluated according to the Kirkpatrick model: it makes use of level 1 evaluation (based on participant’s satisfaction with the course) and level 3 evaluation (assessment of participants’ long term change in behaviour, after six month after end of course). An evaluation feed-back is given on the level 1 evaluation on the residential modules. In order to complete the course, participants have to accomplish all learning objectives, which are evaluated based on the active contribution in the residential Modules, including their syndicate sessions and practical activities as well as on their completion of the eLearning phases: course participants finalise the autonomous knowledge units (AKUs) and pass the tests (mandatory), scoring at least 80% in the incorporated out-test/quiz. However, no formal verification of learning outcome is foreseen; proposed ECTS is based on participants' workload only. The Executive Academic Board takes these factors into account when considering the awarding of Certificates to participants. Module leaders provide an evaluation report for each residential Module. The Course Director is responsible for the overall coordination, with the support of the ESDC Secretariat, and draft the final evaluation report which is presented to the Executive Academic Board.
Learning Outcome
KNOWLEDGE • identify the long-term objectives of CFSP/CSDP and explain the major characteristics of the EUGS; • outline the responsibilities/roles of the EU Institutions, Agencies and internal structures in the CFSP/CSDP; • describe the capability development process within the CSDP; • describe the decision-making process for CSDP missions and operations, including planning and force-generation aspects; • distinguish between the different aspects and elements of CSDP and crisis management: prevention, preparedness, response (civilian and military CSDP missions and operations), communication, lessons learned, education and training; and the major actors' roles in the provision of civilian and military capabilities required for CSDP missions and operations; • describe the interlinkages between CSDP and FSJ, as well as with the Commission's related activities outside the EU's borders; • outline the effects of horizontal issues on the conduct of CSDP missions and operations, in particular human rights, protection of civilians, gender, irregular migration (border control, monitoring missions/operations), transnational crime, climate security, energy security, cyber security, hybrid threats, critical infrastructure protection, terrorism etc. SKILLS •evaluate the various EU interests and values in the EUGS; • express views on the relevance of key horizontal issues for the implementation of the CSDP; • develop possibilities for the further engagement of EU Institutions and Agencies in EU capability development; • consider the value of inter-institutional coordination and international cooperation with state and non-state actors in the context of crisis management; • use knowledge in relation to future developments in the CFSP/CSDP and take ownership of the content of the course as a whole and integrate and take on board the value of the course COMPETENCES •assess the functioning of the EU in general and the role of the relevant EU institutions and CFSP/CSDP-related struc
Course participants must be available for the whole course, which includes eLearning phases and residential modules, and must be ready to contribute with their specific expertise and experience throughout the course. Participants have to be security cleared to at least EU CONFIDENTIAL level.
Regional Focus
European Union; Africa; Eastern Neighbourhood; MENA; Middle East
Type of Course
Training Audience
Civilians, Military, Police
Additional Specifications
Preferably senior experts from EU Member States, Candidate Countries and EU Institutions (military and civilians - diplomacy and police) working in key positions or having a clear potential to achieve leadership posts in CSDP field
Audience Levels
Operational, Political-strategic, Strategic
Additional Specifications on Audience Level
The audience should be a well-balanced civilian-military mix
English, French
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Course Certification
ESDC Certificate
Type of Contact
Registration , Administrative Matters , Training Content
EEAS/ESDC B-100 01/19
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