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Homeland Security Course Descriptions

HLS-500: Terrorism and Homeland Security in the U.S. (3 credits)
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This courses examines the phenomenon of the term terrorism as it relates to the United States domestically as well as internationally from the time of the Cold War to the present day. 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 which are required knowledge of anyone who are scholars, practitioners, researchers and scholar/practitioners in the field and discipline 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 in the July, October, January and April terms.
HLS-510: Protecting the Homeland: Balancing Security and Liberty (3 credits)
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The course examines the USA PATRIOT Act and will examine why the government and the public began to question and scrutinize the country’s intelligence mechanisms, and national
security structure and procedures. During this course there will be an opportunity to examine the creation, development, and organizational structure of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As part of the examination of DHS, there will be opportunities to also examine entities such as the Transportation Safety Administration, which was established after 9/11. This course will also examine other developments due to the attacks on 9/11 such as the detention and torture of “enemy combatants” in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and consider whether the nation’s security needs justify the consequent restrictions
on our freedoms. Offered in the July, October, January and April terms.
HLS-620: Preparedness: Prevention & Deterrence (3 credits)
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This course focuses on how strategic planning, incident management and intelligence techniques combine to provide the necessary foundation for anti-terrorism preparedness. Topics covered include critical infrastructure protection, National Incident Management System, data collection and analysis techniques, threat and vulnerability assessments, information sharing, resource planning, intelligence failures, terrorism prevention and deterrence.
HLS-630: Protecting the Homeland: Response & Recovery (3 credits)
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This course focuses on the many response and recovery efforts possible for the various actors in homeland security, both in the public and private sectors. The concept of planning is addressed with a focus on implementation, testing and evaluation. Students will discuss how best to lead, communicate and coordinate in response and recovery efforts across jurisdictions and agencies. Technology and information gathering, as tools for planning and responding, are explored. Both government and law enforcement efforts and Business Continuity Planning are studied.

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