HSEM 250 : Homeland Security Law and Ethics

This course is designed to give the student an overview of various statutes, regulations, constitutional law, and common law associated with Homeland Security. This course examines important laws and government frameworks relevant in emergencies including the Stafford Act, the Posse Comitatus Act, the Federal Volunteer Protection Act, and the National Incident Management System. Students will be introduced to the legalities and ethics relevant to organizing for counterterrorism, investigating terrorism and other national security threats, crisis and consequence management.


HSEM 102 and HSEM 120 or Program Coordinator approval.

Course Outcomes

  1. Develop a working understanding of key legal and policy principles related to emergency management.
  2. Analyze FEMA's role in policy, law and management.
  3. Examine local, state, and federal relationships when it comes to introducing and implementing new laws and regulations.
  4. Recognize the critical role of court decisions in clarifying the practical application of legislation and executive directives.
  5. Analyze privacy concerns and constitutional protections regarding governmental information-gathering related to emergency management.
  6. Examine important statutes and policies enacted post 9-11and their impact on emergency management.
  7. Differentiate between crisis management and consequence management policy and its evolution in response to events.