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HLSS502 - Homeland Security and Defense

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS502 Course ID: 4483 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course offers a comprehensive overview of key elements of the United States’ homeland security program. This overview will have students examining, discussing and analyzing homeland security operational and policy concerns which have continued to evolve in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Analyze the organizational roles, responsibilities, and strategies of homeland security and homeland defense.

CO-2: Evaluate intelligence support to homeland security policy makers and practitioners.

CO-3: Assess risk management processes for supporting resource relocation.

CO-4: Describe protection of key assets and critical infrastructure.

CO-5: Critique the homeland security system’s capability to meet future challenges.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Question Assignment – 10 percent

The components of this assignment include a paper topic, to outline the puzzle/research question your paper is going to address, and to provide a list of at least 10 academic/peer reviewed sources that you will use in your final paper.

Literature Review Assignment – 20 percent

For this assignment, you are essentially doing the first three elements of your research to include the title page, introduction, and literature review. Be sure to include your reference list and to properly cite sources in APA throughout your paper.

Research Paper Assignment – 25 percent

For this assignment, you are adding to the paper in Week 4 by including the Methodology and Research Strategy, Analysis and Findings, section and the Conclusions/Recommendations section.

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 20.00 %
DF1 2.50 %
DF2 2.50 %
DF3 2.50 %
DF4 2.50 %
DF5 2.50 %
DF6 2.50 %
DF7 2.50 %
DF8 2.50 %
Research Question 10.00 %
Week 2 - Research Question Assignment 10.00 %
Literature Review 20.00 %
Week 4 - Literature Review Assignment 20.00 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Week 6 - Research Paper Assignment 25.00 %
Week 8 - Final Essays 25.00 %

All required readings are located under the Lessons tab in the classroom.

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.