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HLS 300 Administering Homeland Security

This course examines the administration of homeland security. Students will review the formation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from pre-existing agencies and evaluate how this impacts both the functions and the functioning of DHS. Students will investigate the responsibilities of various federal, state and local political entities and compare the role of domestic law enforcement vs. the role of the military. The course will also introduce the determination of potential terrorist targets, examine the differences between actual and symbolic targets of terrorism, discuss financing the war on terror, and explore the administration and cost of the response to natural disasters. Four credit hours. Offered as needed.

HLS 301 Homeland Security: Issues and Impact

The course presents, examines, and discusses practical issues related to Homeland Security including domestic and international travel, immigration and civil rights, international relations, and consequences of the recent war on terror, especially the resultant political extremism. Students will examine Homeland Security failures and successes by both domestic and foreign governments, evaluate means to correct the failures, and propose methods to capitalize on the successes. In addition, students will explore the impact of Homeland Security on the average citizen and the impact of Homeland Security on commerce. Four credit hours. Offered as needed.

HLS 402 Managing Natural Disasters

This course examines the management of non-manmade disasters such as intense storms, hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, fires, drought, diseases, or epidemics. The course will discuss principles of prior strategic planning for a large incident, including preparation of emergency operation plans, the role of incident command, the role of planning during an incident, resource management, reentry, and cleanup. The specific emergency management demands and challenges of each disaster will be reviewed through the use of case studies. Four credit hours. Offered as needed.

HLS 403 Managing Manmade Disasters

This course examines the management of manmade disasters such as chemical, biological or radiological spills; the deployment of weapons of mass destruction; a nuclear radiation release; or transportation catastrophe. Building upon the last course, students will apply the principles of prior strategic planning for a large incident, emergency operation plans, incident command, disaster response planning, and resource management. Specific emergency management demands and challenges will be reviewed through the use of case studies. Four credit hours. Offered as needed.

HLS 475 Capstone in Homeland Security

This capstone course integrates the knowledge and skills learned in the previous courses, asking students to demonstrate integrative thinking and the ability to transfer theoretical knowledge from one setting to another. Using simulations and case studies, individuals and groups will apply theory to real situations, analyze situations, employ appropriate problem solving, demonstrate effective planning, and function effectively as a team. Each group will develop an emergency disaster plan for a specific community and event, as well as analyze its effectiveness as a team. Each student will evaluate his/her own growth and development in a series of reflective essays and problem solving responses. Four credit hours. Offered as needed.