Policies of Homeland Security

Course Description

Introduces the student to legal, policy, and ethics issues inherent in the security of the United States. Laws and policies affecting this area have been in place for years; however, the events of 9/11 introduced a flood of Acts, regulations, and directives that play a critical role in supporting evolving policy. Conflicts between Federal and State law make for a volatile and challenging study.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the statutory basis for emergency management in the public sector.
  • Evaluate federal, state, tribal and local policies, legislation, directives and regulations with respect to homeland security issues.
  • Appraise the importance of public administrators, particularly those dealing with the public during times of crisis, to act ethically.
  • Analyze the effect of public policy on a community before, during, and after a disaster.
  • Examine the critical role of court decisions in clarifying the practical application of legislation and executive decisions.
  • Evaluate the ethical issues surrounding homeland security policies and legal interpretations.

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