Homeland Security (HLSC)

Homeland Security (HLSC)

HLSC 500  Foundations of Homeland Security  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Course Description: This course provides a broad, up-to-date, multidisciplinary overview of homeland security as a contemporary subject of intense interest and inquiry. Issues of public policy, public administration, law, criminal justice and the social/behavioral impacts of terrorism and homeland security will be considered.

Offered: Online

HLSC 510  Homeland Security Organization & Administration  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course will examine the evolution of Homeland Security as a concept, a legal framework, a redirection of national policies and priorities and also the actual implementation and creation of the Department of Homeland Security. The course provides an overview of the history of terrorist threats and U.S. responses and an introduction to the fundamental policy legislation and documents, such as national security strategies, homeland security directives, the National Response Framework (NRF), and National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Offered: Online

HLSC 520  Legal Issues in Homeland Security  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Survey of the controlling authorities that pertain to homeland security, from the U.S. Constitution to major federal statutes, court decisions, and executive directives.

Offered: Online

HLSC 530  Homeland Security Capstone  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The Capstone provides students with the opportunity to explore homeland security issues and to address them through focused study and applied research under the direction of a faculty member. The Capstone must demonstrate a student's ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their academic program to real world issues and problems. This final academic activity must represent graduate level work and must demonstrate competency in areas such as research, written communication, integrative and analytical thinking skills, and problem solving and decision-making ability. The capstone must contribute to the current body of knowledge in the field of homeland security.

Offered: Online

HLSC 600  Introduction to Disaster Management  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course examines a theoretical and practical application of disaster management activities including human behavior in emergency situations, warning, evacuation, sheltering, triage, damage assessment, disaster declaration, debris removal, media relations, crisis counseling, individual and public assistance, fiscal responsibilities, and other relevant functions. Decision making, incident command, EOC operations, coordination, and service will be examined. This course highlights several hazard types as a topical investigations, as well as the processes and considerations of management options for preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Offered: Online

HLSC 610  Understanding Terrorism and Homeland Security  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course examines terrorism as it relates to the United States domestically as well as internationally. Emphasis is placed upon the identification, comparison and understanding of the various definitions of terrorism and the perpetrators of these acts, along with the various aspects of terrorism and homeland security. The student will be exposed to the nexus between terrorism and homeland security as it relates to homeland security strategy, assessment, evaluation, preparation, responses, and recovery actions and mechanisms relating to terrorism and homeland security. There will be a focus on the importance of coordination of various assessments, plans, strategies and implementation of plans of action involving local, county, state, federal, and international responses pertaining to terrorism and homeland security.

Offered: Online

HLSC 620  Hazard Mitigation  3 Credit Hour(s)  

In this course, students determine best practices for risk assessment composed of hazard identification, vulnerability assessment, and impact analysis as an integrated process. Throughout the course, students integrate the theoretical paradigm supporting the management of risk and risk-based decision making. Critical infrastructures will be examined from a risk assessment viewpoint. Various structural and non-structural mitigation strategies will be examined. This course will consider steps that should follow or be considered in conjunction with mitigation strategies such as but not limited to resiliency, continuity of operations planning, and redundancy.

Offered: Online

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