20 Open Courseware Classes about Homeland Security Worth Reading

by Administrator on Nov 30, 2010

Since its creation, the US Department of Homeland Security has been one of the busiest departments in the US Federal Government. There are often job opportunities available for those who have a good background in human services and security. If you’re interested in being part of the Department of Homeland Security, here are 20 open courseware classes you’ll find interesting. These courses offer lots of insight into the many issues that surround national security.

  1. Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier: This course from MIT discusses the evolving interaction between the law and the internet. Access to information and privacy concerns are covered. [MIT]
  2. American Foreign Policy, Past, Present and Future: Learn the history of America’s foreign policy, including how it has changed in the age of terrorism in this course from MIT. [MIT]
  3. Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle East: The Middle East has been a hot bed of terrorist action in recent years. Review the history and important developments in relationships and conflicts in this course from MIT. [MIT]
  4. Globalization, Migration and International Relations: This MIT course examines the development of international interactions in our ever developing global economy and political climate. [MIT]
  5. International Relations Theory: This course from MIT offers an overview of international relations by surveying major concepts and tactics used in this field. [MIT]
  6. Causes and Prevention of War: This course from MIT gives an overview of what causes war and the political measures that can be taken to prevent it. [MIT]
  7. Causes of War: Theory and Method: This MIT course, an adjunct to the course listed above, focuses on the preventable causes of war and how to utilize preventative methods. [MIT]
  8. Defense Politics: This MIT course covers the institutional relationships that affect the US military. It explores how politicians, defense contractors, and military officers determine the military might of the United States and analyzes military strategies. This course is a combination of military sociology, organizational politics and the political economy of defense. [MIT]
  9. American National Security Policy: This MIT course covers the problems and issues that plague American national security. [MIT]
  10. Comparative Security and Sustainability: This MIT course covers international relations and how they affect national security.[MIT]
  11. Reading Seminar in Social Science Intelligence and National Security: This MIT course This course covers the origins, structure and functions of the U.S. Intelligence Community and its relationship to the country’s national security policy. [MIT]
  12. New Global Agenda Exploring 21st Century Challenges Through Innovations in Information Technologies: This workshop introduces students to different perspectives on international politics in the 21st century. [MIT]
  13. Nuclear Weapons in International Politics Past Present and Future: This MIT course examines the history of nuclear weapons and how they affected the political climate, as well as how they affect today’s international politics. [MIT]
  14. Political Philosophy: Global Justice: This course from MIT examines the foundations and content of norms surrounding justice.[MIT]
  15. American Political Thought: This MIT course surveys the history of American political thought. [MIT]
  16. American Foreign Policy Theory and Method: This course from MIT examines the causes and consequences of American foreign policy.[MIT]
  17. Territorial Conflict: This course from MIT examines the politics surrounding territories: one of the most common reasons of war. [MIT]
  18. Innovation in Military Organizations: This course from MIT covers the causes of military innovation. It also examines actual military innovations. [MIT]
  19. Organization Theory and the Military: This MIT Course covers the organizational concepts and research methods that explain the performance and development of military organizations in peace and war. [MIT]
  20. Advances in International Relations: In this course from MIT you’ll learn about the advances in international relations during the age of global terrorism. [MIT]

There are many facets to understanding all the issues that face the Homeland Security Department, including international politics and foreign policy, as well as security and military defense issues. International security is a complex thing, as our country wants to maintain international relations and stay protected at the same time. Hopefully, by reviewing these MIT courses, you’ll get a better understanding of the complex issues that face our national and international security.

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