Fall 2021  |  PA 3985 Section 001: Physical Election Security (34723)

Class Component:
2 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Meets With:
PA 5985 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
10/26/2021 - 12/15/2021
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (9 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
U.S. Homeland Security designated election security as a "critical infrastructure" after threats from foreign governments, and collaborates with states in detecting and responding to foreign interference. This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the current security context and best practices and processes for physically safeguarding elections based on 2016 and 2020. Students will learn the difference between physical and cyber threats to U.S. systems; tangible steps to protect election offices and their equipment; the use of audits to ensure the accuracy of elections; the integration of security into vendor relationships; and the connection between physical election security and citizen trust in elections. Content will be explored through readings (including government documents and studies), videos, discussions, and writing assignments.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.

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