This course will introduce students to the key vocabulary and concepts of homeland security. The course will cover the essential structures, functions, accountabilities, and working relationships of the principal governmental agencies charged with homeland security duties and missions, and will include an in-depth survey of the principal directorates and sub-agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The course will cover the evolution of homeland security as a concept, in its historical context, and students will be introduced to the body of federal, state, and local law, as well as international law, impacting the homeland security mission. Special attention will be devoted to key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and the Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. The course will survey and examine from an "all hazards" standpoint, the most critical natural and man-made threats confronting homeland security, and students will be introduced to the still-evolving "National Strategy for Homeland Security" as statement of unified federal policy.
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