PSS5900EN - Transportation Protection and Vulnerability Assessment

Course description

This course examines the theories of physical protection and vulnerability assessments of critical infrastructures. Students conceptualize the meaning of security and espouse theory when analyzing the critical infrastructure sectors currently identified by the United States Department of Homeland Security. They research the humanitarian effects of past disruptions and formulate new strategies that could thwart malicious attacks and prepare for natural disasters.

How this course benefits students

This course extend students knowledge and understanding of components involved in threat assessment of the critical infrastructure sectors. They delve into the construct of each sector, explore a full spectrum of associated challenges, and contextualize the threat analysis process, authoritative responses, and recovery efforts.

Why this course is important

This course closely examines critical infrastructure and transportation threats and vulnerabilities. Students discuss the protection process to secure the protection of people, physical entities, critical information, and support systems in the event of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and accidental or intentional man-made critical incidents.

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.
Dr. Billy Moffett, Jr, Professor of Homeland Security

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Prominence is placed on the cultural context and methods to intertwine ministry within the public safety field. This course elaborates on biblical and theological models for assisting individuals within the area of public safety.

Missionally driven

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

Contextually informed

Transportation protection and vulnerability assessment is a multi-faceted career field. Students research public safety methods within their local communities and develop ministry approaches that offer strategic plans that minimize destruction from natural disasters and prevent malicious attacks.

Interculturally focused

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

Practically minded

Students gain an anecdotal insight of how missional ministry intertwines with the safety of transportation systems and critical infrastructures to help effectuate God’s protection to the populace as individuals live, work, and travel throughout the homeland.

Experientially transformed

Discussions and research are rigorous and require students to garner and synthesize evidence that allows them to speak to the profession and give informative opinions.