Homeland Security is Local
Fall 2017 quarter
The events of September 11, 2001 rapidly set into motion significant changes in a wide range of domestic policies to encompass what is now known as homeland security. One component of the homeland security mandate is federal, and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) represented one of the largest reorganizations of federal bureaucracy in United States history.
But as important as the actions and mandates of the principals at the top of any national hierarchy are, they must rely on their agents at the state and local level for day-to-day terrorism prevention and disaster response. The new homeland security mission encompasses many more entities, from hospitals to private sector holders of critical infrastructure. This provides fresh impetus for understanding the workings of entities as the sub-federal level because, as Caruson and MacManus (2006, p. 523) point out, “Local governments must manage the vast majority of critical duties associated with emergency preparedness while first-responder groups – emergency personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, and local health care workers – provide the first line of defense in the event of a terrorist attack.”
This course begins by tracing the development of homeland security in the early 2000s, from the first wave of top-down federal mandates to the states and the resulting battles over funding and scope of responsibility. Utilizing real-world cases complemented by applied academic research, we will examine several specific topics of homeland security, including intelligence sharing, international border security, federalism, and emergency response.
Students will select discrete topics for their final projects based on their own interest and experience including, but not limited to emergency management, terrorism, critical infrastructure, policing, inter-agency collaboration, cybersecurity, or public health.
This course should be of interest to anyone interested in the policy implications of the developing topic of homeland security.
Location and Schedule
Final Schedule and Room Assignment
Time OfferedEvening and Weekend
Oct 6-8, Nov 3-5, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun