Course Abstract Details

CRIM-130, Introduction to Homeland Security

Credits: 3

Course Description

CRIM-130, Introduction to Homeland Security, presents a framework for understanding the role that both private and public homeland security personnel play in today's society. This course examines terrorism from a historical and global perspective and discusses specific strategies, operations, and tactics that can be used to prevent and protect against future threats. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives  At the conclusion of this course the student will: 

1. Define Homeland Security. (GE1, GE4, PG1, PG3)  

a. Preventing a terrorist attack within the United States and/or its territories 

b. Mitigating the terrorist threat  

c. Minimizing the damage and speeding the recovery from attacks and/or natural disasters 

2. Define and discuss terrorism from a historical and global perspective. (GE2, GE4, GE6, PG1)  a. The Transnational Dimensions of Terrorism 

b. America in a Globalize World 

c. History of Transnational Terrorism against US 

d. Domestic terrorism 

3. Discuss the mindset and methodologies of the terrorist.(GE2, GE5, GE6, GE7 PG1, PG3) 

a. New Terrorist Strategies 

b. Global Reach 

c. Large Scale Destruction and death 

d. Not under strictures of State Sponsorship 

e. Savvy in 21st Century technologies 

4. Discuss the various roles played by both private and public homeland security personnel. (GE4, GE7, PG1, PG 3) 

a. Homeland Security Roles, Responsibilities, and Jurisdictions 

b. Improve intergovernmental law enforcement coordination 

5. Define and discuss specific strategies, operations, and tactics that can be used to prevent and protect against future threats. (GE3, GE4, GE5, GE6, PG1, GE4) 

a. National Strategy for Combating Terrorism 

b. Shifted the priority from arrest and prosecution to preventing attacks and capturing terrorists. 

6. Complete written oral assignments requiring the application and explanation of course topics. (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG1, PG3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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