2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Dec 11, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HSEM 235 Homeland Security Law and Ethics (3 credits)

Prerequisite HSEM 102  with at least a 2.0 grade.

Course Description
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 emergency response, weapons of mass destruction, local government powers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, civil rights, international anti-terrorism efforts, Homeland Security Act of 2002, and the Patriot Act. 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.

Student 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.

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