HSEM 250: Homeland Security Law and Policy

Credits 4
Quarter Offered

This course is designed to give the student an overview of various statutes, regulations, constitutional law, and common law associated with Homeland Security Emergency Management. This course examines federal, state, and local government powers, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, civil rights, National Security Strategies, Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Patriot Act, the National Incident Management System, and the National Response Framework. Students will be introduced to the legalities and ethics relevant to organizing for counterterrorism, investigating terrorism and other national security threats, and crisis and consequence management. This class may include students from multiple sections. 


2.0 or higher in HSEM 102 or concurrent enrollment, or HSEM 105 

  1. Compare and contrast an effective policy with a poor policy.
  2. Discuss ethical, legal, and social issues in Homeland Security.
  3. Examine local, state, and federal dynamics involved with the introduction and implementation of new laws and regulations.
  4. Explain laws and legal issues related to a disaster risk problem.
  5. Describe important statutes and policies enacted post 9-11 and their impact on emergency management.