2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HSEM 410 Ethics and Critical Thinking in HSEM (5 credits)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management program.

Course Description
This course provides an analysis of ethical issues in Homeland Security Emergency Management.

Student Outcomes
1.0 Explain the impact of diverse cultures on Homeland Security Emergency Management decision making.
1.1 Identify strategies for reducing impacts on diverse cultures and assuring that there is an inclusive and “whole community” consideration for all decisions and planning functions.

2.0 Evaluate and explain the tension between civil liberties and national security.
2.1 Compare and contrast the necessity to maintain civil liberties while acting for the security and safety of the greater good.

3.0 Analyze major legal and ethical principles that underlie emergency policy and operations.
3.1 Demonstrate how these principles impact emergency management and homeland security.
3.2 Articulate an ethical course of action for a specific decision-maker and defend that recommendation using ethical principles and values.

4.0 Discuss how due process, equal protection, sovereign immunity, and state’s rights all factor into emergency management.
4.1 Examine the consequences that can occur when individual rights are compromised during an emergency management event.

5.0 Analyze case studies to identify and explain ethical dilemmas, as well as all entities that have ethical claims or interests in the dilemma (e.g., protecting human subjects, humane treatment of animals) or in professional practice.

6.0 Model and apply ethical leadership, management, knowledge, and effective critical decision-making principles through case studies of real world events.

7.0 Summarize the importance of leaders and decision makers acting ethically, particularly those dealing with the public during times of crisis.

8.0 Examine the degree of ethical duty owed to a community during planning for catastrophe readiness and response by considering the needs of vulnerable populations.

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