Singapore University of Social Sciences

Terrorism, CBRNE Incidents and Major Health Crises

Terrorism, CBRNE Incidents and Major Health Crises (PAR301)


Examine case studies related to terrorism, CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) incidents, and major health crises. Analyze responses to these types of occurrences and assess related laws and regulations. Explore radicalization and decontamination as well as environmental and psychosocial considerations. Consider communication strategies for mitigating panic and fear in mass casualty events. Leave with a new understanding of past occurrences as well as potential threats facing Canada today. This course is conducted by the Justice Institute of British Columbia. It does not carry a Grade Point Value (GPV), but it will count towards fulfilling the credit requirements of the degree.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Overview of terrorism, CBRNE and major health-related occurrences
  • Terrorism in historical context
  • Radicalization
  • Terrorist-based laws and regulations
  • Terrorism and hazard risk and vulnerability analyssi
  • Mass casualty incidents
  • Case studies in mass-casualty incidents
  • Decontamination
  • Psychosocial considerations
  • Environmental considerations
  • Communication strategies
  • Health-related events
  • Responder safety and security

Learning Outcome

  • Recognize distinguishing features of terrorism, CBRNE and major health-related incidents
  • Discuss terrorism in a historical context
  • Describe the root cause of radicalization and strategies for recruitment of terrorists
  • Analyze relevant terrorist-based laws and regulations
  • Analyze the importance of including terrorism within a hazard analysis and capabilities assessment
  • Explain key factors to consider in dealing with mass-casualty incidents and case studies
  • Summarize key concepts regarding decontamination
  • Identify key psychosocial considerations during decontamination
  • Assess environmental risks and practices in CBRNE events
  • Explain the myths of panic and fear in mass casualty events
  • Describe communication strategies in mass casualty events
  • Identify primary concerns for responder safety and security in the workplace
  • Analyze past occurrences and identify potential threats in Canada for planning and response
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