Faculty Leader: Ross Allen (rea11@camden.rutgers.edu), Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Travel Dates: March 11-20 2017 (Spring Break)

Class Meeting Times: 1:50-4:20pm; 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 4/7, 4/21

Course Number: 50:202:375

Program Cost: Approximately $3,100*

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Comparative Criminal Justice is a course that is designed to teach students about the similarities and differences between the United States and other countries with regard to the entire criminal justice system; courts, police (law enforcement), and corrections. This course, with the international aspect, will serve as a way for students to see, first hand, many of the things that helped shape and mold our criminal justice system while being able to learn about the development of criminal justice and how the criminal justice system is used throughout the world. This course is also designed to teach students about the history of the United Kingdom as foundational to understanding all components of criminal justice in America, the organization of the police, the structure of the courts, and the goals of punishment. Students will explore London, Glasgow, and Cardiff on foot and via public transportation to gain insight into the operation of the justice system, as well as the political system, whose differences from the American political system create different implications for criminal justice.

To help facilitate the learning of the students, the United Kingdom provides an ideal setting for achieving the learning objectives. The travel aspect will give students a way to apply what they have learned abroad to what they have learned in the United States and in the class. By seeing different court processes, speaking to police officers, judges, and other criminal justice officials, and by touring various jails, museums, and other related places, it will go a long way toward helping student visualize the different approaches in the United Kingdom and how the United States has used the United Kingdom Model in developing their own system.

Some of the highlights of the London part of the experience include: touring the Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court, eating lunch while visiting a maximum security prison, meeting with Metropolitan Police and visiting the Tower of London; tourist site visits to Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Shakespeare’s globe theatre; tower bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral; various museums; and much more. We are also going to take a day trip to Cardiff, Wales where we will also visit with police officers, and we will sit in on a court case. In Scotland, we will tour a prison, visit the Glasgow Sheriff Court to watch a trial, speak with police officers, judges, and other members of the criminal justice workgroup. We are also going to visit with a youth offending team and plan on visiting tourist attractions such as castles and museums.

For the three seminars to be held before travel, students will learn about the criminal justice systems from England, Wales, and Scotland. Also, these classes will be foundational in helping students learn about the criminal justice system in the United States. In doing so, students will be able to see the similarities and differences in the systems and how those systems compare and contrast.





Some meals

HTH Health Insurance




Visa (if applicable)


Passport Fee (for those without a valid passport)

Airport Exit Fees (if applicable)

*Program cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.