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Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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The Challenges of Developing a Homeland Security Discipline to Meet Future Threats to the Homeland

Linda Kiltz
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Published Online: 2011-07-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1547-7355.1899

This paper argues that homeland security education must continually adapt to future risks, threats and vulnerabilities. To do this, it will be necessary to look at the many ways of looking at homeland security thinking and practice from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Looking at the homeland security enterprise through a variety of perspectives, taken together and synthesized, can deepen understanding and shed additional light on the scope of the field or discipline. Next, this paper discusses the need for existing and future educational programs in homeland security that are inclusive of the theories, practices and research methods of emergency management, despite the current cultural differences between these fields. Finally, this paper highlights three challenges in the development of homeland security education programs: (1) the development and implementation of a standardized curriculum with core functions and competencies that are inclusive of emergency management, (2) the evolution into a new academic discipline; (3) and the adoption of multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.

Keywords: discipline; curriculum; multidisciplinary; interdisciplinary

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Published Online: 2011-07-18

Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1547-7355.1899. Export Citation

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