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CRIM 312 Emergency Management for Criminal Justice

This course examines the fundamental principles and practices of emergency management including how it functions within the homeland security enterprise. Mass shootings, acts of terror, infrastructure collapse, and natural disasters all are examples of emergencies examined in this course. This course also explores the human and economic costs of emergencies and the intended and unintended consequences of intervention.


Special information

Note: Formerly known as LAWE 312. Prerequisite: CJS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice, or instructor permission. Note: Must be a School of Criminology and Criminal Justice student, or instructor permission.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2023 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate the application of the emergency management cycle from an all-hazards approach;
  • A basic understanding of federal, state and local laws that govern emergency management;
  • Define and distinguish the role and function of major federal, state and local agencies that are responsible for emergency management in the United States;
  • Explain and apply the basic concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS) and how they fit within the National Response Framework (NRF);
  • Examine manmade and natural disaster scenarios and explain the role of local, state, and federal emergency management agencies;
  • Understand and explain the importance of emergency management as a function of homeland security;
  • Examine the specific emergency management needs of special populations, including communities of color and dispersed peoples.