Management and Leadership

MSF Speaking Out Case Studies (SOCS) Learning HUB

About the Course

The Introduction to MSF SOCS and Speaking Out course introduces the organisation, the Speaking Out Case Studies (SOCS) project, and the concept of speaking out. This course is a required course in order to proceed to the courses focusing on a paired thematic with a case study.

All of the SOCS courses are about critical thinking and analysis of MSF's speaking out in complex humanitarian contexts. They are for humanitarians – current and future – who wish to gain confidence, critical thinking skills, and knowledge in the act of speaking out.

They are intended for both internal and external use.

Learning Objectives

Knowledge Competencies:

  1. Understand the basics of MSF as
    an organisation including the charter, pivotal agreements, and two pillars
    of action
  2. Define the Speaking Out Case
    Studies (SOCS) project and methodologies
  3. Explain the different
    approaches that MSF uses for speaking out and bearing witness
  4. Understand the respective
    purposes of speaking out

Skills Competencies:

  1. Describe the importance and
    challenges of documentation as it relates to speaking out
  2. Discern the potential sources
    and types of data used to inform MSF’s speaking out activities
  3. Identify the potential
    consequences of speaking out
  4. Consider and recognise diverse
    speaking out perspectives

List of Contents

Module Structure - Eight Sections:

-The Learning Journeys

-The MSF Charter

-MSF's Two Complementary Pillars of Action

-The Ambiguity of Defining Speaking Out for MSF

-Why, What, and How MSF Speaks Out

-A Look into the Unique World of SOCS

-The Learning Methods



No credential for this stand-alone, introductory course. Once you complete this introductory course, and a thematic / case study course of your choice, you may proceed to the quiz and post-course feedback to obtain your credentials. 

All course quizzes include questions from this introductory module.


All courses except for those clearly marked ‘Advanced’ are open for self enrolment. All courses including introductory level courses and advanced courses are open to internal MSF and external students.

These courses are designed for all students interested in speaking out dilemmas and MSF case studies. There is a particular emphasis on students either currently or soon to be responsible for speaking out activities and external graduate students focused on related areas of studies related to SOCS course thematics and humanitarian analysis using the case study methodology.

These modules are for those who are interested in developing or improving critical thinking skills and knowledge about speaking out dilemmas in humanitarian action. The modules teach foundational skills. Thus, whether you are just starting your humanitarian career or are a well-advanced decision-maker, you will find value in studying these speaking out dilemmas to build confidence and improve your critical analysis abilities.


Post-course feedback is required after you complete this introduction, a thematic, and paired case study. Your feedback will assist in improving the courses for future learners. In order to obtain your credentials, you will need to complete the post-course feedback and your selected course quiz.