Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CJA 234
Course Title:
National Security and Intelligence
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Course Description

Provides a foundation for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to threats to the nation in an attempt to facilitate informed decision-making, policies and appropriate operational response while at the same time maintaining respect for the Constitution and privacy of the American people. Introduces security management of disasters and threats to the national infrastructure. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Review threat information using structured analytic techniques to help avoid intelligence failure.
  2. Better understand the intentions and capabilities of adversaries in order to help properly assess and respond to potential threats and disasters.
  3. Disseminate collected information to the full spectrum of homeland security customers at all levels.
  4. Manage security at crisis situations through proper appraisal and evaluation of necessary response mechanisms.

Course Activities and Design

  • Classroom Lecture
  • Guest speakers
  • Films and videos
  • Role playing scenarios
  • Group discussions

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Methods of assessment may include the following: examinations, quizzes, an interview assignment report, research papers, class participation, role playing feedback, oral presentations and group activities.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Homeland Security Agencies
  • National Security
  • Terrorism Prevention
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
  • Decision Making