Course Number and Title: HDM 110 Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
This course covers pertinent Department of Homeland Security enabling legislation, historical and recent disaster events, and the lessons learned. Students study the need to balance homeland security with individual rights in the context of a free and democratic society.
- Use terminology specific to the emergency management cycle of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. (CCC 1; PGC 1)
- Apply lessons learned in the historical context to current operations of the various agencies composing homeland security and emergency management in the United States. (CCC 1, 5; PGC 4)
- Identify and describe characteristics of specific historical and current natural and technological threats to the United States homeland security, defense, and emergency management. (CCC 1, 6; PGC 2)
- Identify and describe strengths and weaknesses of historical mitigation, prevention, response, and preparedness strategies used by various homeland security and emergency management stakeholders. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 1, 3)
- Identify and describe emergency response and recovery strategies used by various homeland security stakeholders. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 1, 2, 3)
- Explain the organizational changes to United States emergency management under the Department of Homeland Security. (CCC 1; PGC 1)
- Discuss the future of United States emergency management in light of recent lessons learned. (CCC 1, 2, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Use terminology specific to the emergency management cycle of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
- Define terms associated with the emergency management cycle.
- Use terms and concepts in the implementation of various phases of the cycle.
- Apply lessons learned in the historical context to current operations of the various agencies composing homeland security and emergency management in the United States.
- Identify the many lessons learned (or not learned) through the history of emergency management in the United States.
- Discuss the roles of race, class and socioeconomic status in an emergency management context.
- Discuss the evolving role of the federal government in United States emergency management.
- Identify and describe specific historical and current natural and technological threats to the United States homeland security, defense, and emergency management.
- Discuss the recurrent natural threats.
- Discuss the effects of terror-related disasters.
- Identify potential weapons of mass destruction and their likely effects.
- Discuss the status of border security in the United States.
- Identify and describe mitigation, prevention, and preparedness strategies used by various homeland security stakeholders.
- Explain the role of mitigation plans, actions and programs.
- Explain the role of prevention and preparedness plans, actions, and programs.
- Describe the role of the private sector in mitigation, prevention, and preparedness.
- Describe best practices in an all-hazards approach to mitigation, prevention, and preparedness.
- Describe critical infrastructure in the United States.
- Identify and describe response and recovery strategies used by various homeland security stakeholders.
- Describe federal, state, and local response and recovery responsibilities.
- Explain the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework.
- Describe private sector and non-government organization (NGO) roles in response and recovery efforts.
- Explain the statutory authority pertinent to current Department of Homeland Security service providers.
- Explain the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
- Explain Homeland Security Presidential Directives.
- Discuss the post-Katrina Emergency Reform Act of 2006.
- Discuss the constitutional implications of the United States Patriot Act.
- Discuss the future of United States emergency management in light of recent lessons learned.
- Give examples of the ramifications of the non-Stafford Act disaster.
- Predict future risk and emergency planning in the United States.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Articulate the roles and responsibilities of key Criminal Justice and Homeland Security agencies and organizations.
- Demonstrate “all-hazards” planning, mitigation, response and recovery.
- Apply mitigation and crisis intervention strategies used by integrated disaster response teams to diverse citizen populations.
- Articulate the psychology and history of domestic and international terrorism.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.