This course will focus on the historical development, creation, and purposes of the Department of Homeland Security and the corresponding national strategy for Homeland Security, as well as the effectiveness of such policies within a democracy. Students who have taken CRJ 360 should not take this course. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- Backround in public safety or obtained permission from the instructor to take this course
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Identify the foundations for the forming of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- Interpret the terrorist threat.
- Compare the availability and applicability of weapons of mass destruction.
- Differentiate between homeland defense and homeland security.
- Summarize America's homeland security strategy.
- Point out homeland security strategy to DHS' mission and organization
- Discuss what efforts are being done to prepare for disaster.
- Identify key agencies responsible for responding to different disasters.
- Describe the principle method for coordinating relief efforts.
- Demonstrate the inherent conflict between democracy and security
- Argue various strategies for reducing America's vulnerability to terrorism.
- Identify and define the emerging threats to America's homeland security.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-5)
Written Assignments (Weeks 1-4)
Final Paper (Week 5)
Final Exam (Week 5)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Bullock, Jane. Introduction to Homeland Security. 6th edition. Butterworth Heinemann, 2021. ISBN-13: 978-0-12-817137-0
- Homeland Security Strategic Plan
- National Incident Management System
- National Response Framework
- National Strategy for Homeland Security
- Quadrennial Homeland Security Review 2014
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Topics: Origin and History of the Department of Homeland security (DHS).
Topic: Critical Mission Areas
Topic: The Terrorist Threat
Topics: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Topic: Future Vision
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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