Introduction to Homeland Security – CJUS 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

An introduction to the public and private sector dimension of the broad range theoretical and practical aspects of homeland security and emergency management, including: origins of natural and terrorist-caused disasters; local, state, and federal emergency management planning and operations; health infrastructure capabilities, public communication strategies; business community concerns; ethical, legal, and constitutional questions; as well as the social and psychological dimensions of disasters. NRF, NIMS, ICS, IC, and UC will be examined. Further, national and association standards found in agencies and documents such as Presidential Directives, NFPA 1600, IAEM, and IACP will be examined.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course cultivates an understanding of different cultures and international actions. It promotes an understanding of Western tradition and American historical aspects of emergency management and fosters university-level competencies in writing, speaking, reading, analytical reasoning, computer literacy, and research. It challenges the student to acquire knowledge independently through research of the sciences and promotes the evaluation of moral and ethical decision making. The student will develop competence in determining an approach to vocation. This course nurtures the maturing of spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical qualities through the synthesis of academic knowledge and Christian values. It cultivates the sensitivity to others with commitment to better humanity and encourages commitment to Christian life while actively communicating the Christian faith, personal integrity, and social responsibility, all achieved through Jesus Christ the Lord and personal Savior

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify proven best practices in preparedness and mitigation of hazards.
  2. Evaluate opposing positions related to critical homeland security issues.
  3. Explain potential terrorist hazards within the United States with appropriate responses to these hazards.
  4. Compare the various structures and homeland security initiatives of local, state, and federal organizations.
  5. Identify groups, organizations, and systems involved in response and recovery.
  6. Discuss a historical evolution of emergency management and statutory changes.
  7. Based on past changes in homeland security policies, systems, and procedures, propose the need for future change and improvement.
  8. Discuss the importance of Christian NGO’s in response and recovery.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Discussion questions will be posted each module/week. Each thread must be 200–300 words and reference a minimum of 1 source. Unlike the formal written assignments, it is not required that the thread adheres to specific formatting requirements; however, the student must be sure to proofread carefully. Grammar and spelling errors may impact the grading. The student must post at least 2 replies to other classmates’ threads with 100–150 words in each reply. A minimum of 1 source must be referenced.

Position Paper 1

The purpose of this position paper is to gain support on a particular issue and to explain the rationale for the student’s position. The information provided must be based on a strong foundation of facts. As such, the student must provide evidence from credible academic and scholarly sources. The student will select a topic provided from Chapters 1–4 respectively. After choosing his/her topic, the student will define, refine, and limit his/her issue. At a minimum, the following sections are required for the paper: (a) problem statement, (b) literature review, and (c) conclusion.

The paper must follow strict APA guidelines and must consist of 700–1,050 words. At least 4 sources are required. All sources must be properly cited.

Position Paper 2

The purpose of this position paper is to rebut the student’s position in Position Paper 1. The student must convince the readers that the evidence and findings of Position Paper 1 are wrong. As such, the information provided must be based on a strong foundation of facts, with evidence from credible academic and scholarly sources. Remember, peer-reviewed articles are best. At a minimum, the following sections are required: (a) position statement, (b) review of literature, and (c) conclusion. Any references used in Position Paper 1 may be used again; however 3 new references are required. In addition, the textbook must be used as a reference to cite at least 1 countering argument to Position Paper 1.

The paper must follow strict APA guidelines.