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Homeland Security (HLSD)

Courses

HLSD 110  Introduction to Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Introducing the multidisciplinary approach to protecting and defending America. Knowledge domains of intelligence, emergency management, law and policy, critical infrastructure and resilience, strategic planning and decision-making, terrorism, cyberspace, human and environmental security, risk analysis and management, and professionalism.

HLSD 155  Foundations of Information Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Survey of the broad field of cyber-security and information assurance. Definition of information security; the need for this field of study; ethical and legal issues; risk management and planning; and information security technology; role of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in securing the cyberspace and the nation's information-related infrastructures.

HLSD 215  Introduction to Industrial Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will review the fundamentals of security and emergency planning and management. The nature, scope, history, and essential elements of security in the workplace are discussed with emphasis on personal protection and to a limited extent property protection. The workplace will include selected aviation and industrial settings. Operational aspects of security that include strategies for identifying and controlling security exposures and applicable legal issues are also discussed. Students develop and/or evaluate security programs for selected industries.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110

HLSD 280  Professional Skills in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Business and professional skills to begin a career in homeland security. Ethics, program management, leadership, and professionalism in homeland security. Personality evaluations, cover letter and resume preparation, interviewing skills, and winning internships.

HLSD 290  Environmental Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Students will learn how environmental issues may give rise to sociopolitical instability around the world. This course will explore how the development and execution of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, and ultimately U.S. national security, can be impacted by emerging threats to nations 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 ozone depletion, deforestation, and climate change. In a seminar format, students and faculty will cover a variety of readings and discuss their conclusions. Students will have the opportunity to lead class discussions on assigned readings.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110

HLSD 315  Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and Risk Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

Critical infrastructure security, resilience, and risk analysis. History and evolution of critical infrastructure on both public and private levels. Federal definitions, sector identification, composition and characteristics of critical infrastructure, as expressed in formal documents (Stafford Act, PDD-63; HSPD-7, PPD-21) and within the private sector. The public-private partnership approach between infrastructure sectors, and sector-specific plans, critical infrastructure in a global context. Definition and role of resilience in critical infrastructure planning and disaster mitigation, response, and recovery. Complete a project involving an in-depth review and presentation of a critical infrastructure sector. Additionally, the concept of risk analysis as a means by which resources and assets are allocated to critical infrastructure(s). Complete a group project utilizing a qualitative risk assessment methodology. Risk fundamentals, network theory, continuity of business planning, and cost-benefit analysis. A formal risk analysis report will be completed at the conclusion of the project and an oral presentation will be delivered. Role of risk in the overall mission of the Department of Homeland Security, to include the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). Successful completion of a FEMA on-line certification on the NIPP.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110 and HLSD 215

HLSD 320  Homeland Security Law and Policy  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an overview of key legal, policy, and ethical issues in the context of Homeland Security policy and practice. Students examine legal concepts regarding constitutional rights of individuals, legal process, access to courts, the law of war, and national security principles as they relate to homeland security legislation and policy initiatives. Legal principles of due process, habeas corpus, search and seizure, compulsory process, and international agreements are explored in greater depth. The law of war will be examined in the context of preemptive war and the 2006 National Security Strategy, as well as issues involving the status of combatants and detention. Elements of national security law, including intelligence collection and sharing, the Patriot Act, and military-civilian relations will also be discussed. Recent Supreme Court decisions relating to some of the above concepts and legal principles will be examined and discussed.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110 and HLSD 215

HLSD 360  Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Strategic planning is the process of defining an organization's strategy (a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal or objective) or direction and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital, its technology and its human resources. This course will investigate the nature of strategic planning as it relates to homeland security and national security in the U.S. In addition, students will explore how strategic planning relates to decision making in more stable environments as well as decision making under uncertainty. Relevant legislation and past decisions (such as the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis) will be explored. In addition, the basic concepts of and techniques for strategic communication will be explored and developed and related to decision making. Pre-Requisite: Take HLSD 290 or HLSD 215, and course listed.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110

HLSD 405  Emergent Topics in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

Multiple learning opportunities for students in either the terrorism or the emergency management area of concentration. Advanced readings in current/emerging topics specific to a given area of concentration. Articles, case studies, and talking points that each student will read and be prepared to discuss in class. In addition, the concept of business continuity planning. Student-led scholarly discussion of a topic assigned to him/her. Domestic and foreign policy implications.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110

HLSD 410  Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course studies the nature and structure of exercise design as it is applied in the homeland security professions in general, and in the field of emergency management in particular. Students will be introduced to the nature and characteristics of both discussion-based and operations-based exercises as well as the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) inside the Department of Homeland Security. A brief history of the origins of emergency management and its legislative background (e.g., HSPD 5 and HSPD 8) will be presented. A final student project and presentation that demonstrates the student's understanding of how exercises are designed, scripted, implemented, and evaluated is required.
Prerequisites: HLSD 315

HLSD 415  Immigration and Homeland Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course overviews the key historical, legal, and current debates in the context of Immigration and Homeland Security. Students examine the history of U.S. immigration, immigration policies including border security and deportation policy, nativism and xenophobia, the role of globalization on migration, and undocumented immigrants and immigrant rights.
Prerequisites: HLSD 110

HLSD 495  Homeland Security Capstone I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to allow the student to explore more deeply issues specific to aspects of homeland security as they affect businesses. Students are expected to work collaboratively in groups to identify a real client, on or off campus, for whom the student group will attempt to solve a homeland security or emergency management related challenge. Each student group will research the origins of their client's challenge, and attempt to identify best practices in the field in order to adapt and apply them to their client's challenge. All projects will contain an introduction, literature review, problem statement, risk/hazard analysis, risk mitigation plan, and policy recommendations that are sensitive to economic realities facing their client. Students will culminate their final projects with presentations to their classmates and to their clients at the end of the term. The expectation of this class is to develop a professional example of the student's thinking and writing.

HLSD 496  Homeland Security Capstone II  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to allow the student to explore more deeply issues specific to aspects of homeland security as they affect businesses. Students are expected to work collaboratively in groups to identify a real client, on or off campus, for whom the student group will attempt to solve a homeland security or emergency management related challenge. Each student group will research the origins of their client's challenge, and attempt to identify best practices in the field in order to adapt and apply them to their client's challenge. All projects will contain an introduction, literature review, problem statement, risk/hazard analysis, risk mitigation plan, and policy recommendations that are sensitive to economic realities facing their client. Students will culminate their final projects with presentations to their classmates and to their clients at the end of the term. The expectation of this class is to develop a professional example of the student's thinking and writing.