Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security
Students will gain an understanding of the concept of Homeland Security and its relevance in today’s society. The macro and micro definition of Homeland Security will be thoroughly discussed. An in-depth review of the events which placed Homeland Security as a top priority of the U. S. Government will be made. Students will be given an overview of the statutory authority given to officials in the various government entities who have responsibility for Homeland Security. This overview will include a review and discussion of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the U. S. Patriot Act. Review and discussion of the structures of federal, state and local entities responsible for Homeland Security and the means in which they are coordinating their efforts with each other are examined. Other areas related to Homeland Security will be addressed to include: hazards, safety and security, mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery, communication and technology. Finally, the course will include a discussion of how tighter Homeland Security could threaten a person’s civil liberties.
Sociology of Terrorism
Students will gain an understanding of modern terrorism from a sociological perspective. This course will study theories on the notion and trends of why individuals and groups commit acts of terrorism. Additionally, the course will address terrorism as a social construct and the impact that terrorism has on society and everyday life. Students will be able to recognize the influences of religion and economics as well as culture in regards to the terrorist mindset.
Legal Aspects and Policy of Homeland Security
This course presents the overarching legal framework for counter-terrorism, particularly as it relates to global issues. The course will address constitutional, statutory, and regulatory issues relating to counter-terrorism law enforcement activities, including both authorizations and limitations.
Risk Assessment and Management
Students will be exposed to the study of risk assessment and management in the context of Homeland Security. Topics will include threat assessment, analysis and management of critical infrastructure, resources and locations by both law enforcement and private industry. The course will include national threat assessment, analysis and management while emphasizing practical local and regional issues as well as hands-on planning utilizing case studies.
The focus of this course is the study of the crisis phenomenon as it affects law enforcement and private industry. Topics include hostage/barricade incidents, workplace violence, school violence, product tampering, and major case issues. Emphasis is placed on the decision-making process. Protocols for dealing with several types of incidents and the behavioral issues of perpetrators will be discussed. Topics will also include crisis management theory, planning responses to crisis, formation of crisis management response teams, and dealing with the aftermath of crisis situations.
Border and Transportation Security
This course will examine Homeland Security as it applies to border protection and security of critical infrastructures. Students will examine the prevention of and response to terrorist attacks within the context of border and transportation security. Issues will be examined from a pro-active, problem-solving perspective.
Topics in Intelligence
This course will investigate current topics relating to intelligence activities in the context of Homeland Security. The course will also address constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and public policy issues relating to intelligence activities, including both authorizations and limitations.
Strategic Planning in Homeland Security
Students will learn to customize and create icons, attributes, templates, palettes and chart properties that complement their investigations. Students will build their importing and analytical skills while learning techniques for manipulating charts created with mass data. Emphasis will be placed on learning the analysis tools and how they can be used to examine chart focus and to find commonalities within and between charts. Students learn more about attributes and will be introduced to analysis attributes and how they can be used for analysis.
Fundamentals of Bio-Terrorism
This course will explore biological weapons and agents, their methods of dissemination and exposure, as well as effects and treatments. Bioterrorism will be examined from an international and domestic perspective by identifying impending threats to the U.S. as well as countries or terrorist groups with the existing capability or possibility for the development of bio-agents and attacks. Federal and local preparedness will be addressed with an emphasis on identification of potential threats and expedient, efficient responses. Bio-attacks and war games will be explored with a focus on potential casualties and socioeconomic impact.
Students will complete a capstone project that will be designed to meet a need of either the student's current workplace or a selected human service agency and may include program development, evaluation or other research needs identified by the agency. The student's project will have a practical application and benefit to the host organization. The capstone may be more of a creative project, such as an executive position paper, a documentary project or designing a new program based on quantitative or qualitative data from a variety of sources. Students may also complete a practicum/internship project that is an intensive mentored experience in the field of homeland security. Students are assigned an individual faculty member who will provide guidance throughout the process.
Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Students will learn the scientific methods used in the study of issues related to crime and criminal justice. Topics will include the relationship among theory, hypotheses, and empirical research. Various methodological designs, including survey research, quasi-experimental research, and qualitative research will be explored. The language and terminology used in the interpretation of data will be presented. Issues that govern the research of crime and criminal justice will be discussed, including ethics and confidentiality.
Prerequisite(s): MHS student