gw mps ssl - course description

pssl 240 political violence and terrorism (3 crs.)
the evolution of terrorism and politically motivated violence. shifts in the operational tactics of guerilla, terrorist and insurgent groups and rogue states. approaches to the formulation of counterterrorist strategies.

pssl 241 globalization of threats and international security (3 crs.)
the conduct of national and international threat assessment. the various international legal and strategic options available to public safety agencies.

pssl 242 security and civil liberties (3 crs.)
issues that arise as states attempt to reconcile maintenance of civil liberties and human rights with the control of crime, prevention of terrorism, and protection of its citizens.

pssl 243 intelligence and strategic analysis (3 crs.)
the structure and components of the intelligence and law enforcement communities. international intelligence cooperation. analysis of counterterrorism policies and strategies and the international, national, and regional levels.

pssl 244 information systems protection (3 crs.)
the various types of cyber crime and the vulnerability of government computer systems and information networks. mitigation strategies for the protection of information and computer systems.

pssl 250 strategic planning and budgeting (3 crs.)
the adaptation of strategic planning and performance measures beyond budgeting for the requirements of government agencies that deal with long-term security issues.

pssl 251 inter-agency cooperation (3 crs.)
cooperation initiatives across agencies through mutual assistance agreements and regional, national, and international structures. issues of technology interoperability and legal and inter-organizational challenges.

pssl 252 emergency management and crisis communication (3 crs.)
basic principles of emergency planning, including development of an across-the-board response plan involving all levels of government and the private sector. strategies for ensuring that communication channels are open and secure during a crisis situation.

pssl 253 managing the politics of leadership (3 crs.)
an in-depth look at the role of power and influence in organizations. case studies demonstrate the necessity of mobilizing the political support and resources needed to implement objectives.

pssl 254 strategic change leadership (3 crs.)
the challenges, techniques, burdens, and successes associated with initiating and implementing major changes within an organization. the process of organizational change from multiple theoretical vantages.

pssl 260 methods of analysis in security (3 crs.)
methods and problems of data collection in security fields, with emphasis on analytical design, instrument utilization, sampling, and measurement.

pssl 270 capstone project (3 crs.)
development of a research project integrating theoretical and analytic perspectives applied to improving organizational effectiveness in public safety agencies.

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