Hodges University professor, Dr. Joseph Kibitlewski, has been invited to the prestigious Oxford Round Table to present a paper. The annual forum will take place in July at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University. His paper, “Meeting the Challenge,” discusses the education of criminal justice students in counter-terrorism and the development of a Homeland Security degree.
As chair for the Criminal Justice program at Hodges, Dr. Kibitlewski has led the University in developing this type of curriculum. “It was designed under the rubric of intelligence/terrorism courses,” he said. “Such courses look at the emerging changes made to the legal fabric as they reside within the framework of our Constitution. These measures will, by and large, address the needs of identification, investigation, apprehension, and therefore prevention of future terrorist attacks.
“The ideal student would be well versed in politics, culture, religion and geography; needed ingredients because all of these areas have evolved over time into the conditions that allow for the present state of terrorism around the world to exist.
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