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Introduction to Homeland Security

Course NumberCJ 215W
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2. Explains the basic concepts of homeland security. Examines domestic and foreign terrorist violence aimed at achieving radical change in society. Explores governmental reaction to homeland security needs and threats against interests of the United States. (45-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Examine the history of homeland security as it evolves from the fields of law enforcement, civil defense, emergency preparedness, and traditional intelligence.
Objectives:
  1. Explain the history and development of the Department of Homeland Security.
  2. Differentiate between public and private security.
  3. Understand the organizational structure of the Department of Homeland Security.
  4. Cite the strategic goals of the Department of Homeland Security.

Demonstrate knowledge of the various laws involvling Homeland Security.
Objectives:
  1. Analyze the conceptual framework of the United States Patriot Act.
  2. List and define the rights of citizens and non-citizens under the Patriot Act.
  3. Describe and explain due process as it relates to the Patriot Act.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of current case lase involving homeland security issues.

Ability to analyze the patterns and trends of threats, including methods, modes of preparation for attack, tactics, logistics, hazards, and vulnerabilities.
Objectives:
  1. Distinguish between the varioius types of security threats, hazards, and disasters.
  2. Suggest countermeasures for the varioius threats.
  3. Contrast and comp are the major threats to the United States.
  4. Understand the relevant vocabulary for threat assessment.

Examine the necessity of providing terrorist protection and/or training to employees protected by private security personnel.
Objectives:
  1. Analyze entity to ascertain if appropriate terrorist target.
  2. Provide recommendations for protective methodology.
  3. Recommend training sites for individual needs.
  4. Illustrate pre-training and post-training importance.
  5. Cite need for on-going and up-to-date training.

Appreciation of the need to break down the barriers between intelligence agencies, law enforcement, the private sector, and average citizens.
Objectives:
  1. Explain the methods of communication to distribute intelligence data to the various organizations.
  2. Cite methods of intelligence integrity, a state wherein the data agree with the source which they have been derived.
  3. Examine the various inter-agency vocabulary involving homeland security.

Demonstrate the abiltiy to understand the protection of the various critical infrastructures, and how to plan for effective recovery.
Objectives:
  1. Define the farious infrastructures including: food and watersystems, agriculture, health systems and emergency services, information and telecommunication systems, banking and finance, energy (electrical, nuclear, gas, oil, and dams), transportation systems, the chemical and defense industries, postal and shipping entitites, national monuments and icons.
  2. Understand the steps to ensure the protection of high risk targets.

Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
Objectives:
  1. Analyze course content in written form.
  2. Explain the subject matter in coherent writing style.

Write and speak effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
Objectives:
  1. Articulate important ideas.
  2. Select, organize, and present details to support main idea.
  3. Employ conventions of written edited, standard English (WESE) or the language of instruction.
  4. Use of appropriate vocabulary for audience and purpose.




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