Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
EM 211
Course Title:
Public Policy & Law in Emergency Management
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Course Description

Provides the student with specialized knowledge and skills necessary to develop public policy related to emergency management. Course emphasizes policy leadership in the area of emergency planning and response as part of the larger responsibility to protect the general welfare of the people community, all within existing federal, state and local laws. Prerequisites: EM 110 Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The course work will:

  • Provide the student with the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop public policy in emergency management.
  • Enhance the students skills in critical thinking and decision making in the context of public policy.
  • Help students develop skills in writing policy statements and in making oral presentations of policy issues.

Course Activities and Design

  • Lecture and discussion on the evolution of federal law pertaining to public safety & security.
  • Lecture and discussion on Oregon (both state and local) laws pertaining to individuals, businesses, government and society in emergency situations.
  • Lecture and discussion on the various roles and responsibilities of individuals and organizations in maintaining public order and re-establishing day to day activities.
  • Case Studies
  • Drafting public policy statements.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written assignments
  • Analysis of case studies
  • Written exams
  • Term paper

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Federal laws & regulations
  • State statutes and regulations
  • Local charters and codes
  • Analysis of legal framework in the making of decisions that shape public policy
  • Appropriate policies at various levels of government