FEMP Course Descriptions

Below are the general course descriptions for our FEMP graduate program.  

POLS 5013 Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis.

Required of all graduate students. Fundamental methodological issues in the scientific study of politics. Logic of science, principles of research design and computer data manipulation and analysis.

POLS 5103 Research Design.

Overview of research design, including conceptualization and operationalization, literature review, deductive and inductive theorizing, hypothesis testing, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

POLS 5303 Introduction to Fire and Emergency Management.

Examines the content and historical evolution of fire and emergency management including terminology, concepts, theories, and methods employed.

POLS 5320 Seminar in Public Budgeting and Finance.

Major processes and practices involved in governmental budgeting in the United States at national, state and local level.

POLS 5343 Seminar in Fire and Emergency Services Administration.

Introduction to policies, procedures and administrative process required to deliver fire and emergency services; detailed examination of the social, political and economic issues that have an impact on service delivery and organizational approaches.

POLS 5353 Seminar in Design, Structure and Processes of Public Organizations.

Administration in the public sector, stressing traditional and emerging organization structures. Awareness of administrative processes and environment that include program design, implementation, and administrative accountability.

POLS 5363 Public Sector Dispute Resolution.

Labor relations and employment issues in the public sector, and the various methods for resolving government personnel conflicts without resort to violence or litigation. Focus on labor law, employment law and Alternative Dispute Resolution as they apply to government employment.

POLS 5383 Disaster Recovery.

Processes, conditions and components of recovery in disaster contexts. Topics include environmental, economic, housing, infrastructure, and policy. Roles of voluntary organizations; securing and managing resources.

POLS 5393 Politics of Disaster.

Situates disaster phases in the political context at the local, national, and international levels. Examines research on specific events and their interactive effects between the political system and various phases of disaster.

POLS 6003 Proseminar in Fire and Emergency Management.

Examines scope of the fire and emergency management field as an area of academic inquiry.

POLS 6013 Qualitative Methods for Fire and Emergency Managers.

Qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing data from fire and emergency management field.

POLS 6123 Quantitative Methods for Fire and Emergency Managers.

Descriptive, inferential, and non-parametric statistics with collection and analysis of data from fire and emergency management field.

POLS 6133 Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management Research Survey.

Survey of the academic literature in the fields of fire and emergency management. Development of a research article for submission to a professional journal or conference.

POLS 6143 Methods for Disaster Research.

History and scope of methods for disaster research.

POLS 6153 Pedagogical Methods for Fire and Emergency Management Instruction.

History of FEMA education, review of instructional methods, and research on educational methods in field.

POLS 6203 Comparative and International Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Management.

Comparative analysis of the organization, management, and policies of fire and emergency response services in other countries.

POLS 6213 Political Context of Fire and Emergency Management.

Analysis of political environment impacting fire service including federalism and intergovernmental relations, interest groups, other public agencies, and private sector organizations.

POLS 6300 Advanced Special Topics Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management.

Specialized topics in fire and emergency management for doctoral students.

POLS 6303 Populations at Risk.

Describes populations at risk for increased injury, death and property loss. Identifies policies, programs and resources for risk reduction. Applies research for purposes of planning and capacity building.

POLS 6313 Mitigation.

Structural and non-structural mitigation approaches to hazard reduction; description of policies, programs, and planning methods relevant to all governmental levels; and review of research and case studies of mitigation efforts.

POLS 6343 Organizational Behavior in Disaster.

Theoretical overview of organizational behavior in a disaster context. How organizations respond, adapt, fail and succeed when disrupted by disaster. Role of formal and informal organizational structures in confronting disasters.