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Spring 2019

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CRJ119 - Homeland Security

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents a comprehensive overview of homeland security from an all-hazards perspective. Examines threats to homeland security stemming from natural and technological disasters, domestic and international terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. Reviews the roles and responsibilities of governmental agencies, not-for-profit and private agencies, and individual citizens concerning homeland security operations. Fall only.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1.Explain the evolution and role of homeland security in the United States.
2.Identify various threats faced by America regarding terrorism, including describing the categories of terrorist activities, motives of terrorism, the tools used by terrorists and the phases of a terrorist operation. *
3.Summarize the various threats faced by America regarding technical or natural disasters.
4.Identify the elements of an all hazards approach: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery strategy in the field of homeland security and explain the need for each element.
5.Describe an appropriate governmental response to acts of terrorism, including responsibilities and actions at all levels of government and at all different declaration levels used to describe an incident.
6.Discuss contemporary concerns and future challenges of homeland security by explaining challenges to homeland security and analyzing ways to be better prepared in case of a future incident.
7.Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the criminal justice field by communicating information orally in an effective manner and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Introduction to Homeland Security

II. Natural and Man-Made Disasters

III. Understanding and Recognizing Terrorism

IV. Threat and Vulnerability Assessments

V. Weapons of Mass Destruction

VI. The Incident Command System

VII. Government Response and Law Enforcement Response

VIII. Communications and Health Issues

IX. Preparedness for Terrorism

X. Preparedness for Natural Disasters

XI. The Future of Homeland Security

Effective Term: Spring 2016