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Advanced Topics in Terrorism PAD4375/5377 [3 credit hours]
(Requires Intro to Terrorism PAD 4374/5376)
This course provides an in depth look at the evolution of global terrorism and the foundational sociological theories that contribute to understanding terrorism.

Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) PAD 4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
(Requires Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management PAD4075/PAD5079)
This course will educate the student on the applications of UAS in emergency management and other aspects of public management.  The course includes flight time with a variety of multi-rotor UAS and provides in-depth discussion and experiences with this technology. Topics include data processing and analysis, crew resource management, and planning of flight operations. This class is offered as a 'weekend intensive'; class meetings happen on three designated weekends throughout the semester. (Core Course for Certificate in Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

Applied Emergency Management Studio: Exercise Design PAD4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
This studio format course provides students with a unique opportunity to develop an HSEEP compliant exercise with a real world client. At the end of the semester, students will be proficient in all aspects of exercise design, development, and conduct. For example, in Spring 2013 students developed the Seminole Storm exercise used by FSU for its hurricane exercise.

Business Continuity: Private Sector EM PAD 4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
(Requires Foundations of EM PAD4391/PAD5397 or permission from instructor)
This course examines the fundamental and unique features of private sector emergency management and business continuity planning. It covers important areas such as risk evaluation, business impact analysis, training, plan maintenance, and the role of business sector recovery in community recovery.

Disaster Management Planning for Urban Poor Communities PAD4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
The risk of disaster is increasing globally, particularly in under-developed or developing countries, due to population pressure and poverty. This course will discuss the elements that intensify risk where informal and non-permanent settlement housing is prevalent. Government policies and actions aimed at reducing vulnerability in these low income communities have produced very little effect on life and material losses every year. Government interventions, especially those involving urban planning actors will be studied and their repercussions to the social, economic and cultural networks of these communities analyzed.

Disaster Recovery and Mitigation PAD4382/5388 [3 credit hours]
This course provides an introduction to disaster risk. It begins with the theoretical framework of why some risks are accepted and others aren't as a precondition of where we choose to live/develop our lives leading into a discussion on the theory and practice of insurance and mitigation. The discussion then turns to the theories and frameworks behind the development and implementation of government-supported long-term recovery strategies.

Disaster Systems PAD 4395/5378  [3 credit hours]
(Requires Foundations in Emergency Management PAD4391/5397)
This course provides students an opportunity to understand real world disaster response efforts through academic study and interactive applied activities. In addition to operational systems and management frameworks this course also introduces students to the available IT resources such as GIS, wireless technology, web resources, computer modeling and weather IT systems.

Disasters: from Shock to Recovery PAD4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
This course utilizes multiple case studies to examine the complexity of disaster situations in the United States and internationally. In emergency management we say that disasters are first local and this course provides in-depth analysis of local context, and how these influenced the local impacts of disaster management. The course will cover a different disaster case study every week, focusing on event-specific conditions that created/contributed to the disaster, local preparendess, response and recovery in the aftermath of the event. Through real life cases and practitioners' exeriences students will build problem-solving skills that reinforce the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and tolerance to ambiguity in real life scenarios.

Emergency Management Planning and Policy PAD4393/5398 [3 credit hours]
This course describes the functional demands that emergency managers should be aware of in crafting effective emergency management plans, policies, and programs. It addresses the emergency planning process, how public policy choices impact emergency planning, and the consequences of a disaster event. (Core Course for Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security)

Foundations of Emergency Management PAD4391/5397 [3 credit hours]
This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive foundation on the history, terminology, structure, organization, key players, systems, and challenges that shape the management of disaster events. (Core Course for Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security)

Global Security and Fusion PAD 4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
This course will explore how nations come together for a common cause, political and strategic relationships that serve to streamline such activity when necessary, the importance of the United States’ security cooperation programs with our allies and partner countries, and, how armies support civil authorities through a vast spectrum of ways.

Homeland Security Policy and Practice PAD4890/5895 [3 credit hours]
This course explores formal emergency management and homeland defense programs discussing the political and policy environment that created the Civil Defense program and has culminated in the Department of Homeland Security.  

International Comparative Disaster Management PAD 4833/5835 [3 credit hours]
This course will discuss practical and theoretical issues associated with international disaster management. Risk, hazards, and disasters will be addressed from a global perspective with particular emphasis placed on the differences in key issues between developing and developed countries. The impact of climate change and non-sustainable land practices are also discussed.

International Conflicts and Terrorism PAD 4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
This course seeks to explore the relationship between conflicts and terrorism occurring around the globe.  Using case studies and class discussions we'll cover ISIS and the conflict in Syria, the FARC Peace Deal, the war in  Yemen and many other current conflicts that have spawned terrorism.  Students will explore how conflicts begin and the tools used end them.  At the conclusion of the semester students will participate in a mock round-table that gives them the chance to experience the complex path to peace in the Syrian conflict

International Terror Policy PAD4084/5837 [3 credit hours] 
(Requires Intro to Terrorism PAD 4374/5376)
This course examines international relationships between terrorist and governments in the context of global relations, politics, policy, and finance.

Introduction to Terrorism PAD 4374/5376 [3 credit hours]
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices of terrorism and terrorist events.

Leadership and Communications in Emergency Management  PAD4372/5373 [3 credit hours]
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles and practices of communications and media relations in a risk environment as well as effective leadership principles in an emergency management shared power context.

Public Health and Emergency Management PAD4844/5845 [3 credit hours]
This course examines global disasters and cascading public health consequences. Domestic and international disaster health policies, response and recovery practices are also explored.

Professional Pathways in Emergency Management PAD 4074/5076
(Requires Foundations in Emergency Management PAD4391/5397)
This course will explore best practices and theories regarding emotional intelligence, communication, behavior, and ethics in professional Emergency Management settings. Students will have at the conclusion of this course the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a professional setting. In addition to course material, guest lecturers from local, state and federal emergency management agencies will speak on expectations for the next generation of emergency managers currently entering the field.
This course is "required" to gain EMHS assistance or placement into these EM agencies for internships. Interested students must take and pass the course the "semester prior" to when they want assistance in internship placement.

Terrorism and Security in Africa PAD 4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
This course provides an in depth look at the nature and evolution of terrorism in Africa. Topics covered will include recruitment, anti-terrorism agencies/initiatives, the ramifications of colonialism on modern day terrorism, the state of security on the continent, gender roles in terrorism, and state sponsored terrorism.

The Third Sector - Nonprofits, Non-Governmental Organizations and Disaster PAD 4891/5828 [3 credit hours]
This course introduces the role of nonprofits and NGOs in Disaster Risk Management. The course covers both domestic and international players, roles, partnerships, and practices.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Emergency Management PAD 4075/5079 [3 credit hours]
This course will discuss regulatory and training requirements, aircraft capabilities and limitations, data collection planning and workflow, and effective uses in real-world scenarios. Students will gain hands on experience planning UAS deployments, planning missions, and processing data. This does not include actual UAS flight time or operation as part of the curriculum. (Core Course for Certificate in Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

U.S. Intelligence Community PAD 4843/5848 [3 credit hours]
There has been rapid growth in demand for intelligence professionals since 9/11, the "War on Terror", Afghanistan, and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. With this growth there are career opportunities for those interested in the field of intelligence analysis. This course serves to acquaint student with the U.S. Intelligence community, the processes and platforms for information/data gathering and analysis and how the subsequent "intelligence" is used by policy/decision-makers. Throughout the course students will be given opportunities to gather, analyze and report their findings to case studies and then compare their conclusions to real-world outcomes. Upon completing the course, student will have a broad knowledge of U.S. intelligence operations and the social, economic, military and covert actions that can result from intelligence community recommendations.

U.S. Intelligence Analysis PAD4936/5935 [3 credit hours]
This course explores the variety of intelligence analysis tools and techniques common to U.S. federal, state, and local agencies, using simulations and activities to understand how raw information is transformed and presented as intelligence. Emphasis will be placed on OSINT analysis, but other-source intelligence will be included based upon industry needs. Additionally, plain language writing and intelligence presentations will be included in learning materials.

U.S. Intelligence Policy PAD 4842/5849 [3 credit hours]
The Intelligence Policy course is an introduction to the United States Intelligence Community (IC), its significant role within the U.S. government and how intelligence informs and shapes U.S. policy. This class is designed to prepare students interested in national security for additional education in intelligence studies, homeland security, and international affairs.

Latest Updates

Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be Offered in Fall 2016

June 25, 2015
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The Dilling McDaniel Scholarship for Veteran’s and Active Duty Service Members

January 12, 2017
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EMHS and CDRP Deploy a UAS for Statewide Hurricane Exercise

May 22, 2015
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UAS Course in the Media

December 19, 2014
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Emergency Management & Homeland Security Program | Florida State University
113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, FL 32309