Courses

SPI runs a specialized certificate program for civil servants and private industry to establish shared knowledge, draw lessons from collective security experiences, and create connected professional environment that will keep the security context relevant in government and corporate sector decision-making. Delivery is via intensive short courses designed to focus on practical decision-making.

A non-degree Professional Development Certificate will be issued by the University of Ottawa upon completion of any five courses within the SPI course offering.

List of upcoming Courses

Course Code: 

548

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

This course seeks to explore issues related to the expansion of global terrorism and to identify both Canadian vulnerabilities and opportunities to advance a Canadian agenda.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
March 28, 29, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

160

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Computers and information systems are a fundamental part of Canadian life. Day to day activities, commerce, and statecraft have gone digital. The associated information technology underpins nearly all aspects of today’s society.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
March 26, 27, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

684

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Forecasting the future is not a science, however, we can look at certain foundational areas today and extrapolate the data to give us a sense of the potential risks and threats that we will collectively face over the coming years. Such a discussion is important for policy makers who all-too-often are asked for serious recommendations based on the situation today without the benefit of considering how the world may change tomorrow.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
February 12, 13, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

687

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Since the invention of the telegraph and telephone law enforcement and intelligence agencies have sought to intercept electronically transmitted messages in order to gather information.  Privacy and political sensitivity have always been issues in these intercept programs.  The methodology in interception programs remained based in analog systems and changed moderately over decades. For many years both the means of transmission and the means to intercept messages remained primarily in the domain of government agencies.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
November 23, 24, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

685

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Iran is in the throes of massive change both as an Islamic republic and a key international player. In the wake of the nuclear deal the country is on the path of international rehabilitation, which is slowly opening the country for international investments. Given the collapse of the Arab core of the Middle East the country will be competing with the region's main Muslim power Turkey vis-a-vis the future outlook of the region. Already playing a major role in the fight against ISIS and other Sunni extremist forces in Iraq and Syria, Iranian influence will only grow in the foreseable future.

Next Sessions: 

Course Code: 

170

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Events from around the world continue to unfold on our screens and often with direct implications for Canada. Violent extremism is evolving and Canada will need to carefully consider new policies in the context of a security-focused world.

Next Sessions: 

Course Code: 

688

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

The littoral areas of the Black Sea consist of two major powers (Russia and Turkey) and two key regions (Eastern Europe and the Caucuses). This body of water is critical for Russia as a maritime passage way for Moscow to project power in its near abroad and this has been the case historically. After the massive reversal that Russia faced in Ukraine and the fact that the latter sits along almost all of the northern coastline of the Black Sea makes the area even far more geopolitically crucial for Russia. Georgia is another key trouble spot from the Kremlin's perspective since the 2008 war.

Next Sessions: 

Course Code: 

168

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

The fundamental duty of a government is to provide security. Given the rise of global terrorism and the implications in Canada, the national security environment has shifted dramatically, prompting major changes in how the government understands and responds to a diverse and dynamic range of threats.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
February 5, 6, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Did you Know?

The completion of a series of any five SPI courses over three years leads to a Certificate of Professional Development from the University of Ottawa. Visit our Courses page to view our current offering!

New Courses

New Security and Policy courses will be added to the program in winter & spring 2018.

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