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Course Content and Outcome Guide for EM 112

Course Number:
EM 112
Course Title:
Theory of Homeland Security
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Introduces Homeland Security theory including: basic definitions, identification of threats and organizations, identification of resources, roles and responsibilities of emergency managers, first responders, law enforcement and the military, the coordination of various systems and levels of government. Department permission required. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Intended to provide an overview of homeland security by introducing preparedness, prevention,
mitigation, response and recovery and discussing the integration of local, state and federal resources.
The focus is on U.S. policies and programs to address the risks posed by international and domestic terrorism in the modern era.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Articulate the management issues related to a homeland security incident
  • Identify organizations involved in homeland security and their roles and responsibilities
  • Apply prevention techniques
  • Design preparation and readiness activities to minimize risks to society
  • Understand and apply the integration of homeland security and emergency management in various situations

Course Activities and Design

  • Readings and lecture on the components of a homeland security program
  • Case studies:
    Application of theories and concepts in homeland security
    Application of appropriate systems and resources
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security online classes, readings and after action reports
  • Writing research reports

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written assignments
  • Analysis of case studies
  • Written exams
  • Application of textbook materials to situational exercises

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Terrorism and asymmetric warfare
  • Intelligence and counter-terrorism
  • Border security, immigration and customs enforcement
  • Transportation safety and security
  • Cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Policy and organizational context of homeland security

Related Instruction

Human Relations
Hours: 10

 Identify organizations involved in homeland security and their roles and responsibilities
 Design preparation and readiness activities to minimize risks to society
 Understand and apply the integration of homeland security and emergency management in various situations

 Work in small groups, as a team, on a weekly basis, developing increasingly complex scenarios based upon lecture material.
 Discuss the various roles of responders to a terrorist event.
 Describe the type of issues which might be encountered in incidents involving a highly diverse population.
 Demonstrate problem-solving skills based upon written procedures and mutual cooperation.
 Practice cooperative responses and teamwork to promote positive call outcomes.
 Identify the motivations and targets of both domestic and international groups.