This graduate and undergraduate course mixes an interdisciplinary approach to address the fundamental issues related to preventing, mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from major catastrophic events, both natural and human-made. These are incidents of national significance which threaten the security of the United States. The course commences with a detailed look at National security issues and strategy plus world-wide terrorism concerns. It places an emphasis on United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and European Union collaborative efforts to stop terrorism, using issues from President Bush and his Global War on Terrorism and President Obama’s Global Counterinsurgency. The national security rational from 9/11 to the present is analyzed with an emphasis on Atlantic cooperation, and as well speakers from the American Embassy and British Foreign Office. This is one distinct advantage of the course’s location at King’s College. Site visits include: the 7/7/2005 site; Parliament and Buckingham Palace. This course also investigates the National Security concerns of the United Kingdom and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), from Desert Shield/Desert Storm, through 9/11, 7/7/2005, and to Libya and Syria. Further, the course analyzes the National Security Strategy in a changing post-Bin Laden world. Blending National Security into Homeland Security, how the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operates in the Homeland Security Enterprise is studied and compared to the UK, France, and Germany. How DHS supports public and private sectors, organizations, and infrastructures is closely examined and how that Department makes and executes policy is carefully explored. As well how the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services supports the Department of Homeland Security is studied and compared to the UK, France and Germany. How the Department of Justice, particularly the Federal Bureau of Investigation supports all three is examined and this is studied in relation to Mi5 and Mi6.
What is the state, and how do states form? What functions do states perform for their citizens? How do state development and economic development interact? What impact do development aid, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private investment have on the state building in current times? What is a “failed state” and can failed states turn around? These questions form the backbone to this course on nation building.
In the first section of the course, we will cover foundational theory of state-building, as well the difference between a “nation” and a “state” and how the distinction plays out in various regions on the globe with a focus on the developing world. Second, we will talk about the functions or roles that a state plays, examining each of five functions in detail. We will then cover the interplay between economic and state development in section three looking both at the theory behind them, and at the role of natural resources in helping or hindering development. In section four, we will examine the role that external actors – other governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, and private companies – play in supporting or undermining state formation. Finally, we will examine more recent attempts at state building, looking at state failure and reconstruction, the role of ethnic conflict, and globalization.
The purpose of this course is to examine how hazards are managed through a mixture of lectures, case studies, and classroom discussions. The program is offered in an educational context that invites comparison of how the United States and Europe cope with known or potential hazards to human health, safety and the environment. The intellectual style of the course will be interdisciplinary, with significant reliance on disciplinary contributions from environmental science, public health, public management, non-profit management, policy analysis, political science, economics, and law.
This is not a technical course in the methods of risk assessment or risk-benefit analysis. It is a management course. However, some of the lectures and case material will have significant scientific and quantitative content. Pre-course reading requirements include some background on the European Union and some background on risk analysis. There are no course prerequisites.
Identify the major sources of information about risk, the analytical methods used to quantify risks, the circumstances that motivate use of one method as opposed to another.
Distinguish risks that are uncertain from risks that are known yet variable in a population.
Demonstrate an intuitive appreciation of probabilities, particularly in the case of low-probability, high-consequence events.
Classify the different types of harm or damage that are commonly assessed in formal risk assessments.
Please see your academic advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The undergraduate advisors office has preapproved this course to fulfill these specific academic programs:
Graduate and Doctoral students, please see your faculty advisor to determine which concentrations this will apply to.
*Program still being reviewed for these majors.