Human Security and Resilience (MHSR)


MHSR 500  Introduction to Human Security  3 Credits (3,0)

In contrast to traditional state-centered models of security, human security focuses on the individual and his/her multifaceted security needs. This course provides an overview of the emerging Human Security paradigm, including the development of the concept and the difficulties of both defining and measuring human security. Each of the component parts of human security, such as economic vulnerability and food vulnerability, and the challenges to alleviate them, are explored more deeply through case studies. Low levels of human security are often associated with high levels of instability and conflict. This course will address the debate within the international community on the actions that more powerful states should take to address human security deficits in places with little government capacity.

MHSR 511  The Internet, Security, and Governance  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines how the Internet and associated communication technologies have created new means for people to organize, both within their local communities and across great distances, changing the nature of the relationship between society and the institutions of government. The Internet has allowed people to communicate often without detection, resulting in both positive and negative effects; e.g., Internet- based communications have been a significant factor in the growth of transnational terrorism and popular uprisings, such as the Arab Spring. In response, governments have often attempted to control the Internet, in some cases to aid legitimate law enforcement, in others to repress restless populations seeking change. State institutions can also use these technologies to create more effective governance and better responses to humanitarian crises.

MHSR 515  International Law and U.S. Security Policy  3 Credits (3,0)

The course examines the role of international law, U.S. foreign policy, and international institutions in responding to terrorism, crime, complex emergencies, disasters and crises. It analyzes the challenges and difficulties in achieving unified response and the administrative and legal barriers that must be overcome. The course discusses how U.S. laws and policies intersect with international norms and regimes in a US security context, including existing multinational treaties such as UNCLOS and the Antarctic Treaty System, International Cybercrime Treaty, the Biological Weapons Convention or the Chemical Weapons Convention, and international humanitarian law. Particular attention is paid to privacy laws. The conflicts that are caused by disparate laws and policies will also be explored, as well as challenges to solutions.

MHSR 520  Principles of International Conflict Resolution  3 Credits (3,0)

The course exposes students to the different kinds of organized, violent conflicts that exist in today's world and surveys different theories seeking to explain why and how these conflicts have occurred. The course examines how states and other international actors such as the United Nations have sought to resolve these conflicts and establish stable societies in their wake. The course discusses diplomatic, economic, legal, military, and nation-building approaches to conflict resolution, and uses case studies to demonstrate their application to recent conflicts.

MHSR 530  Environmental Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Students will learn how environmental issues may give rise to socio-political instability around the world. This course explores how development and execution of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, and ultimately, U.S. national security, can be impacted by emerging threats to states from environmental health issues, infrastructure vulnerabilities, and natural resource shortages caused by rapid industrialization, population growth, and urbanization in less developed countries. It will also examine transnational threats from deforestation and global warming. Students will have the opportunity to link their experiences in localities across the globe to course themes through projects and problem-based learning activities.

MHSR 540  Foundations of Resilience  3 Credits (3,0)

Resilience embraces the concepts of awareness, detection, communication, reaction (and if possible avoidance) and recovery. The term also suggests an ability and willingness of societies and other groups to adapt over time to a changing and potentially threatening environment. The course includes risk management principles, communication of risk, crisis management, information management and assurance, and approaches for developing resilient critical infrastructures, strategies, and organizations.

MHSR 550  Resilience Planning and Administration  3 Credits (3,0)

Building and promoting resilience to man-made and natural disasters requires high levels of coordination, planning, and administration at every level, from individuals, neighborhoods, and businesses, to local, state, and national government leaders and agencies. The course includes an overview of resilience planning and administration toolkits, bottom-up strategies, and milestone legislation and international agreements, including the Stafford Act, Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, the National Disaster Recovery Framework, Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, the Hyogo Framework for Action, and the Sendai Framework.

MHSR 680  Topics in Human Security and Resilience  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore current and emerging topics in human security, resilience, critical infrastructure security, and several other topics as they develop. As the discipline of human security and resilience is dynamic and complex, not all relevant topics can be integrated into the MHSR core curriculum. The main function of this course is to provide a platform to explore pertinent and topical expressions, policies, challenges or dangers to security/resilience as they occur across the globe. As such, each semester will thoroughly explore a given topic and learn how the topic presents national security or homeland security challenges to the US. Students will be expected to synthesize relevant literature and analyze trends and data in order to make the connections to US security.

MHSR 690  MHSR Capstone  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with the opportunity to integrate all disciplines and competencies that they have learned in the program, plus incorporate their past experiences and professional goals into a single work-based project, internship experience, or other appropriate activity. In cooperation with an advisor, the student will design, research, and implement a project that is comprehensive in nature and which addresses, to the extent feasible, all core areas of knowledge around which the program has been built.