COVID-19: From Crisis to Opportunity

COVID-19: From Crisis to Opportunity

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Registration is open for:
Summer 2021

Program Dates:
June 7-14, 2021

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Credits: 2

Prior Requirements: none

Type of Course:
‚ÄčInteractive synchronic + asynchronous course

Description and rational of the course

The COVID-19 pandemic is considered the worst global humanitarian crisis since World War II and has changed the way people currently think about their personal and collective lives as well as their own and global future. As a result of the worldwide increase of morbidity and mortality caused by the pandemic, and in an effort to contain the virus, governments responded by implementing a wide range of extraordinary and unprecedented public health measures, such as closing borders, instating national lockdowns, large-scale quarantines, social distancing and more.

The consequences of these measures severely impacted  the healthcare system, the economy, the environment, legal and privacy concerns, personal and community wellbeing, and additional social and cultural aspects. Addressing and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 necessitates the application of diverse and multidisciplinary approaches that can enable identifying pitfalls as well as successes and opportunities to help ensure a more equitable and resilient society.  Identifying the lessons learned and best practices that should be considered in future adversities is a vital step in promoting societal resilience.

This course focuses on the challenges encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic from a multidisciplinary perspective as well as on the emergence of opportunities for more optimal preparedness in potential future crises.

Aims of the Course

This course will introduce the students to lessons that were identified in diverse multidisciplinary systems during the COVID-19 crisis. The consequences of the lessons learned, their impacts on the future management of such adversities, the ethical dilemmas as well as the opportunities that they created will be discussed.

The course will encompass the diverse areas and structures that were highly impacted, such as the medical, economic, communication, educational, legal, technological, and psychological systems. The potential influence on the management of future adversities will be further explored.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Define the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on multiple aspects of societal resilience.
  • Analyze the means utilized during the global COVID-19 pandemic to national responses.
  • Apply the multidisciplinary aspects that should be considered in preparedness for future adversities.

Structure of the Course

The course will be conducted as an online program, featuring 12 sessions, consisting of the following elements:

  1. Self-learning tasks that will be performed by the students as preparedness for each class
  2. Synchronic online class, including lectures, small-group work and plenary discussions
  3. Simulation exercise

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