PSS5410EN - Risk Assessment and Management

Course description

This course will provide students with an examination and analysis of how risk assessment and risk management issues relate to community resilience, social, economic and political vulnerabilities, and ethical responses. Students will also analyze the role of public managers engaged in the safety of their local communities to the national level.

How this course benefits students

This course provides a foundation to students from various disciplines for understanding issues related to risk, safety and emergency management issues in the public sector. It is also an introduction to all phases of emergency management. Students will learn core risk assessment and management principles, processes, and best practices.

Why this course is important

This course will help students learn how to understand, analyze, assess, control, and manage risks from the individual to the operational front. To understand these issues and themes, the student will explore the political system, administrative law, ethics and the various theories of administration that guide public managers in risk assessment and management. They will develop the practical knowledge and skills in making judgments and decisions about which risks to control and how to control them.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Public Safety & Security
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Risk Assessment and Management will place a prominence on the cultural context and methods to intertwine ministry within the public safety field. This course will elaborate on biblical and theological models on assisting individuals within the field of public safety.

Missionally driven

This course will allow students to discuss how to go where God is already working among public safety and homeland security professionals.

Contextually informed

Risk assessment and management is a multi-faceted career field. Students will explore and research methods within their local communities to enable them to develop ministry approaches for their local contexts within the field of public safety.

Interculturally focused

Students will recognize that the public safety profession will take them out of their own cultural comfort zone. Students will discuss how to express their faith in their own social context in culturally-appropriate ways within this career field.

Practically minded

A free and truly democratic society that values life and liberty will not survive without God's moral law. Students will discuss how missional ministry, public safety, homeland security can be intertwined.

Experientially transformed

Discussions will equip students with the ministry and missional skills needed to enhance God's will through the discipline of public safety.