Crowd Control and Disaster Procedures

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 277

       Course Name: Crowd Control and Disaster Procedures

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines group and disaster situations.  Content includes behavior of various groups of people under extreme environmental conditions such as riot, natural disaster or wartime attack; preventive measures, and techniques for restoration of order.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To appreciate the Citizen's right to assemble (1st Amendment).
  2. To distinguish between crowds, mobs, and demonstrations.
  3. To define crowds.
  4. To select the characteristics of a crowd.
  5. To identify the types of crowds.
  6. To identify a mob according to the Illinois Revised Statutes.
  7. To describe types of mobs.
  8. To evaluate conditions affecting a mob.
  9. To indicate how mobs form.
  10. To formulate the personality types in mobs.
  11. To define Civil Disobedience.
  12. To define Demonstrations.
  13. To distinguish the characteristics of a Demonstration.
  14. To detect the intention of the crowd.
  15. To list methods used to express views.
  16. To learn methods used to incite people.
  17. To describe techniques employed against authorities.
  18. To identify the intent for tactics used against authorities.
  19. To evaluate conditions at the scene of a natural disaster/disaster.
  20. To devise and implement appropriate procedures to minimize loss of life.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction
    1. Course overview
      1. U.S. Constitution
      2. Government's responsibility to its citizens
      3. Types of disasters
      4. Methods used to control various social situations
    2. Psychological Dynamics
      1. Individual psychology
      2. Group psychology
        1. Profile of a rioter
        2. Characteristics of a crowd
        3. Types of crowds
        4. Motives of Participants
        5. Mob behavior
          1. Conditions affecting individuals
          2. Conditions affecting mobs
  2. Legal Issues
    1. Federal Statute
      1. Crossing State lines to incite a riot
      2. Constitutional guarantees
      3. Government's authority to act
    2. State Statute
      1. Legal definition
      2. Authority of local government to react
  3. Patterns of Disorders
    1. Control of Disorders
    2. Civil Disturbance Control Procedures
  4. Hostage Situations
    1. Hostage Negotiations
      1. Types of hostage situations
      2. Role of the negotiator
      3. Transference
      4. Toch's Violent Man
  5. Disaster Control
    1. National Disasters
      1. Types of disaster
      2. Stress
      3. General emergency
    2. Accidental Disasters
      1. Traffic accidents
      2. Plane crashes
      3. Radioactive spillage reactions plans

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, group discussion, demonstration/projects. A/V materials, guest speakers.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Selected reading assignments, projects, attendance participation, written report.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

To be selected

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Written exams (2), Quizzes, class projects, attendance and participation.

XI.   Other Course Information

Class Attendance Required

Class Project Paper

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