Faculty Leader: Ross Allen, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Travel Dates: March 8-18, 2017

Class Meeting Times: Fridays from 12:30 PM - 3:20 PM (2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 4/6, 4/20)

Course Number: 50:202:375; cross-listed with: 56:606:613l5, 56:202:673l1

Program Cost: TBD (2017 Cost: Approximately $3,200)*

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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 regarding the entire criminal justice system; courts, police (law enforcement), and corrections. This course, with the study abroad 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, Leeds, Belfast, and Dublin 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.

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, castles, 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 tour include: touring the Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court, visiting Old Bailey, Scotland Yard, a maximum-security prison, meeting with Metropolitan Police and visiting the Tower of London; tourist site visits to Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; tower bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral; various museums; and much more. While in London, we also will be taking a day trip to Leeds to visit West Yorkshire Scientific Support, a visit that involves going into a police unit, and seeing/hearing about how forensics work with the police. In Belfast, we will be sitting in on a criminal justice class at Queen’s University, we will meet with the Belfast Organized Crime Task Force, meet with local barristers, judges, and meet with parole and/or probation officers.





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.