IÉSEG launches an online course (SPOC) to help students understand and prevent sexist and sexual violence

Starting mid-September, all first-year IÉSEG Grande Ecole, Bachelor in International Business, and International Business and Law double degree students will follow a new online course, designed by the School to help them to understand and prevent sexist and sexual violence.

This Small Private Online Course (SPOC), entitled Understanding and preventing sexist and sexual violence, is part of the School’s engagement, already in place for a number of years now, to support and lead prevention activities for students related to different types of discrimination and violence*.

“At IÉSEG, we feel that it is our duty to inform and raise awareness with students about these issues. That is why the School has signed La Charte de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles pour l’égalité Femmes-Hommes (the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles charter for equality between women and men). It is also why the School has committed itself to supporting and leading prevention activities for students,” explained Coline Briquet, co-referent for Egalité Femmes-Hommes, who developed this SPOC with the CETI (Center for Educational and Technological Innovation – center dedicated to innovative pedagogy at IÉSEG).

“We hope that this module, specifically designed for our students, will allow them to better understand these types of violence, and what to do if they are witnesses or victims. We are all responsible for and affected by the prevention of discrimination and violence. Together, we all need to look after and ensure everyone’s well-being and respect.”

The new training module will combine different pedagogical tools, such as videos and articles, along with questionnaires and role-playing to reinforce this active learning. Following an introduction to the issues of sexist and sexual violence in the world of higher education, the module is divided into four parts:

• Understanding violence (what is sexist and sexual violence? What is the difference between an insult, harassment, and hazing?)
• Consent
• What myths and prejudices still surround us in regards to these subjects?
• What to do when confronted by violence and how to help a friend who is a victim

At the end of the module, each student will fill out a questionnaire that will allow the module to be improved for the future.

*the School’s engagements are centered around four axes:


Inform In order to raise awareness in students about the fight against discrimination and violence, the School has reinforced the implementation of:
– Information campaigns and tools
– Information sessions, prevention workshops and training modules (on the campuses and/or online).
The School develops a pedagogical reflection to better integrate themes of equality, inclusion, the fight against stereotypes and discrimination in its programs’ curriculums.
Protect  To continue with already implemented actions related to the consideration of disabilities, along with actions to promote the well-being of students and to provide them with psychological support, the School has, for example, established a “Harassment, Violence, and Discrimination” cell on each campus.
Empower The School has supported the creation of a respect charter, written by the student associations’ managers, which will cover issues related to diversity, equality, and the fight against discrimination. The objective is to provide everyone involved in the student associations (offices, members, and participants in events and activities) with a sense of responsibility.

Having signed the Diversity Charter, as well at the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles women-men equality charter, the School is engaged in developing collaborative actions. It will continue to develop partnerships with organizations and associations specializing in these issues.

Finally, the School will continue to encourage research on themes related to diversity, inclusion and societal responsibility thanks to its centers of excellence ICIE and ICOR.