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EDMG501 - Emergency Management and Public Law

Course Details

Course Code: EDMG501 Course ID: 2829 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course identifies the public law, regulation, and associated policy that facilitates and in some cases restricts emergency management planning, recovery, and relief. Topics include national, state, and local issues and examples of public law. The course also covers issues associated with intergovernmental (fire, police, EMS, emergency management, military, etc.) action in emergencies as such action relates to regulation or public law.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to
LO-1. Investigate the major legal, regulatory, and policy framework that encompasses emergency and disaster management in the United States.
LO-2. Extend this understanding to international political, commercial, and non-governmental institutions.
LO-3. Be able to use legal case studies to elucidate emergency and disaster management issues and principles.
LO-4. Explain key terms, approaches, and concepts of emergency and disaster management policy, laws, and regulation.
LO-5. Assess interconnections among emergency and disaster management policy, laws, and regulations, and between them and emergency and disaster management and other disciplines.
LO-6. Understand and apply procedures and consequences of declarations of emergency.
LO-7. Find, evaluate, interpret, and use published information including the internet.
LO-8. Devise successful emergency and disaster management strategies that are legal.
LO-9. Develop basis for working with attorneys on legal aspects of emergency and disaster management.
LO-10. Trace the development of and highlight the important milestones in the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
LO-11. Identify the significant laws and/or statutes in the student’s state or jurisdiction that provide for the development of a state agency to manage an emergency event and the significant laws and/or statutes in his or her local jurisdiction that provides for the development of a local emergency management agency.
LO-12. Understand and apply Posse Comitatus Law to military support of civilian authority in emergency and disaster management.

The required readings will be covered throughout this eight week (8) course. As a student, you are expected to read each of the assigned readings and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignments vary from writing papers, creating presentations, and conducting field observations. Throughout the course, you should keep one thought in mind. Earning a master’s degree requires you to master the literature and as such, this course is intended to familiarize you with the Emergency Management literature. Thus, when completing assignments (posting on discussion board, composing reflection papers) you need to ground your thoughts and summations using the literature so as to demonstrate that you have conducted the necessary review of the literature and to show others where they may find that material. As this course is about mastering the field's literature, personal opinions not based or supported by the published literature are not acceptable. All writing assignments to include discussion assignments require researching the academic literature and utilizing citations and a reference page. Your success in this course is based on your command of the field's literature and your ability to communicate that grasp of the literature to diverse audiences. As this
course is designed to familiarize you with the field's literature, there are no wrong or right answers; there are just complete and incomplete answers.
Note: You must ALWAYS comply with the course writing standards, as they are outlined in the course announcements.
Discussion Participation:
There are various required discussion assignments. For most discussion assignments you are required to post a minimum of 500 words concerning the assigned readings. The discussion includes student replies using research. The research assignments require you to do additional research concerning the corresponding readings and your peer's postings. Your peer postings should consist of a minimum of 250 words and utilize reference support for your content. For all discussion postings, a complete post will include adherence to the posted writing standards. The key is to be thorough and use your academic voice to ground your summations using the literature!
Keep in mind that all assignments are designed to sharpen your writing skills and your research skills and as such all writing assignments require providing additional research that support your conclusions. Thus, you will always need to include citations in APA Style (most recent edition); however, instead of a References page you may put the bibliographic entries corresponding to your in-text citations at the bottom of each post.
Each discussion assignment will require you to respond to at least two classmate postings in order to earn full credit for the discussion. Please submit your initial reply by Thursday and your two classmate replies by Sunday in order to receive full discussion credit. Late responses to the initial response will be subjected to a 5 point per day deduction per day after initial due date.
Note: You must comply with the course writing standards as they are outlined in the course announcements.
Assignments are designed to sharpen your writing skills and your research skills and as such, all writing assignments require providing additional research that supports your conclusions. All assignments should be well-written and formatted in APA Style (most recent edition). All assignments must
have proper citations of any source(s) used and be accompanied by an APA References page.
All assignments must be submitted for grading before they will be considered properly submitted for grading.
Thus, you will always need to include a title page, citations and a reference page. Your assignment submissions should be approximately 8-10 pages in length excluding title and reference pages.
Final Research Paper:
Earning an MA degree requires you to master the literature, this assignment is intended to familiarize you with Emergency Management Theory and its literature. Thus, when completing this assignment you are required to research the literature and complete a traditional term paper. For this course, the overall theme of the term paper will be your assessment of the history, present status, and future of some aspect of emergency and disaster management law that is significant to today’s world and that interests you. You can choose some policy, law, or regulation that promotes or hinders sound emergency and disaster management. You can choose to present a case study like the ones in the textbook, presenting the program with your analysis and predictions. You may support the law, policy, or regulation you choose, or disapprove of it, but you must give your logic and evidence to support your conclusion.
This project is due by the end of the course. By Week 2, you must submit your topic and proposed approach to it through the link on the Assignments page, and you must get my approval before proceeding. I will not accept any topics that are significantly similar to concepts we have covered in the course in the Forums and in other assignments.
There is no required length for this paper, but I expect the paper to be complete. Typically, a term paper in this course will have 18-20 double-spaced pages in the body of its text not counting the title page and References page(s). You must include at least 10 sources in addition to sources in the assigned reading.
The term paper will be graded by the provided rubric located in the assignment section of your assignments section (See: term paper assignment for details).
Your term paper must be formatted in conformance to APA Style (most recent edition). You can find the APA Style guide in the APUS Online Library. No other formatting and citation style will be accepted.
Your assignment will automatically be submitted to for an originality report when you submit the assignment – nothing further is required from you.

Supplemental Readings
Supplemental readings are located in the course Resources folder and will be used throughout the course.
Web Sites
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.
Site Name Web Site URL/Address
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Natural Hazards Center
Emergency Management Forum
International Associations of Emergency Managers
Centers for Disease Control

Book Title:Law in Times of Crisis : Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice (E-book available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Cambridge University Press Lib
Author:Gross, Oren
Unit Cost:$181.40
Book Title:Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (E-book available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Cambridge University Press Lib
Author:Ramraj, V. and Ramraj, V.
Unit Cost:$130.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.