Course Summary
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4 days (32 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 2 organizational behavior, leadership, or human resources


The course objective is to improve professional capabilities to manage and exercise leadership within disaster situations and emergency management related services through the analysis and application of lessons learned from a series of selected historical cases that occurred during The Battle of Gettysburg.

Learning Outcomes:

  • debate the merits of the "five critical tasks of strategic crisis leadership" in the emergency management environment to reduce a community's vulnerability to hazards and increase its capacity to cope with disasters
  • assess how emergency management leaders inspire development of a shared vision and champion policies that synthesize abstract concepts in order to implement the organization's vision and influence other key players, networks, and environments
  • analyze strategic perspectives of the Gettysburg campaign in 1863 and apply these lessons of exercising leadership to frame an operational environment for operating within an emergency management senior executive role
  • critique selected case studies of events that occurred at the Battle of Gettysburg and apply well-informed decision-making concepts to diverse communities when confronted with complexity in times of both disaster and steady-state situations
  • draw lessons from and assess shared experiences and historical events and grasp opportunities to reconsider and reform emergency management related activities that help the agency build upon and implement best practices and apply them to strategic planning
  • compare theories of how complex systems relate to decision making and emergency management leadership
  • evaluate outcomes for situations in emergency management that can be simple, complex, complicated, and chaotic; reflect on the ethics underlying personal leadership behavior and explore ethical dimensions of leadership challenges often experienced during disaster situations
  • explain how to balance maintaining systems and procedures and encouraging managers to recommend strategies for creating positive change
  • identify and analyze the laws, regulation, policies, and doctrine that establish governance for emergency management organizations at the SLTT and federal levels
  • assess the importance of shaping strategic vision and public policy within a civics and governance context
  • express insight, meaningfully respond, and objectively apply knowledge of the competencies and their relevance to leadership in emergency management by incorporating them into a presentation on your group's selected capstone project topic

General Topics:

  • Strategic leadership, civics and governance, mission critical leadership, leading change in a complex environment, and complex systems literacy
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials