Oct 05, 2022  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

CRMJ 1374 - Transportation and Border Security

Credit hours: 3

Course Description:
This course provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges, as well as different methods employed to address these challenges.   The course covers a time period from post 9-11 to the present.  The course explores topics associated with border security and security for transportation infrastructure, to include:  seaports, ships, aircraft, airports, trains, train stations, trucks, highways, bridges, rail lines, pipelines, and buses. The course will include an exploration of technological solutions employed to enhance security of borders and transportation systems.  Students will be required to discuss the legal, economic, political, and cultural concerns and impacts associated with transportation and border security.    The course provides students with a knowledge level understanding of the variety of challenges inherent in transportation and border security. 

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of current threats to the civil aviation, maritime, railroad, trucking, mass transit, and oil pipeline industries and the technology used to perimeter security and intrusion devices.
  2. Be familiar with all domestic regulatory requirements pertaining to the transportation industry from TSA, DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the ICC, and the U.S. Coast Guard and be able to compare the U.S. Constitution’s 4th Amendment to the U.K.’s and E.U.’s search and seizure limitations placed on border searches and the applicable provisions of the Patriot Act and its international implications.
  3. Recite the nature and forms of the threat posed to transportation assets and facilities be they explosives, hazardous materials, chemicals, biological agents, and how x-ray equipment can facilitate the discovery of such unwanted cargo.
  4. Fully analyze recommended industry “best practices” regarding risk, threat, and vulnerability assessments to airports, ports, mass transit, trucks, and pipelines.
  5. Exhibit a basic understanding of access-control and perimeter-security in both physical and procedural controls.