Foundations of Homeland Security – HLSC 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020

Course Description

This course provides a broad, up-to-date, multidisciplinary overview of homeland security as a contemporary subject of intense interest and inquiry. Issues of public policy, public administration, law, criminal justice and the social/behavioral impacts of terrorism and homeland security will be considered.

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


The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of key principles, components, and concepts of homeland security in the United States.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discern between the four phases of emergency management and their proper uses from an all hazards approach to homeland security and across stakeholder disciplines.
  2. Synthesize the knowledge acquired in this course to comprehend the complex multidisciplinary approach/factors in homeland security.
  3. Evaluate the consequences of poor and benefits of good interagency cooperation, coordination, communication, and collaboration involving homeland security related initiatives.
  4. Integrate Christian worldview principles into all phases of homeland security and emergency management including mitigation (prevention), preparedness, response, and recovery from a multidisciplinary all hazards perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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)

There will be 8 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be at least 250 words, cite at least 2 sources, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Research Paper 1

The student will complete a Research Paper which will contain the following headings: Homeland Security Overview (mitigation – all hazards approach including risk assessment, intelligence usage, and mitigation strategies [prevention as well]; preparedness – response including NRF, NIMS, ICS, and unified command; and recovery – including resiliency and continuity of operations planning). The student must use biblical perspectives regarding the 4 primary phases of emergency management. The student will write at minimum a 5-full-page research-oriented paper in current APA format. The paper must cite at least 5 sources (not including the class textbook and the Bible), and the textbook and Bible. The paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Analysis and Critique of Major Event Paper

The student will choose a major event (disaster, incident, catastrophe, or preplanned event) involving homeland security (emergency management focus allowed). The student will advise the instructor through email of the event topic for approval. The student will provide an in-depth analysis of the event starting with an overview of the event. The student will analyze the use of all phases of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, and the subcomponents found in each phase) as much as is applicable to each based on the event. The analysis will be written in standard current APA formatting using headings and references. A minimum of 5 references are required. The analysis/critique must be at least 5 full pages of content. The student will conclude the analysis with recommendations for improvements in any areas found to be lacking.

After Action Results Based on Analysis and Critique of Major Event Paper PowerPoint Presentation

The student will summarize his or her findings in an audio/visual PowerPoint presentation. The student will use PowerPoint Mix, which may be turned into a Windows Media Video (WMV), to present and record his or her critique. A minimum of 10 content slides are required. The student will, at the minimum, use the same headings as required in the written analysis. The presentation must be at least 10 minutes and must last no longer than 30 minutes. References will be included on the last slide. Once submitted for grading, the student will email his or her PowerPoint video to the rest of the class for their review. The student does not have to show him or herself in the video unless he or she wishes to.