Security and Emergency Services (SSES)


SSES 110  Critical Thinking in Contemporary Problems  3 Credits (3,0)

The developing process of actively thinking and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, or evaluating information. Developing critical thinking skills through the lens of contemporary issues, especially focused on international affairs, disasters, and security crises.

SSES 224  Intelligence Writing  3 Credits (3,0)

The purpose of this course is to teach the basic skills of intelligence writing. The most essential principle of intelligence writing is to communicate to the reader exactly the message the analyst wants to communicate. Clarity, precision, accuracy, and brevity are key elements of intelligence writing, but also crucial is the overall structure of the intelligence brief. Two further elements are part of the intelligence writing process: a capacity to accurately evaluate information and an ability to make analytical judgments about the significance of a development. All these elements will be covered intensively as part of the intelligence writing process.

SSES 401  Applied Research Methods in Security and Emergency Services  3 Credits (3,0)

Examining the conduct of social research and security/disaster research. Identifying the relationship between theory and research methods as it applies to emergencies, disasters, and other domestic/homeland/civil security crises; discussing the logic of research methodology for case studies and lessons learned in emergency response; analyzing how to interpret data from existing research for decision making in crisis/disaster management and emergency response.