Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden
- Program Terms: Spring
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
|Type of Program:||Intensive Course Abroad|
|Type of Program:||Intensive Course Abroad|
The Scandinavian and American approaches to justice are distinct and reflective of deeply embedded social and public policy systems. In particular, the welfare states in Norway and Sweden provide a robust system of social support that informs the treatment of many marginalized populations, including people involved in the justice system. This course will provide students the opportunity to explore the ideological and practical foundations of these systems, with an emphasis on understanding the role of social services, educational institutions, and public agencies. Beginning with a visit to a correctional facility in Pennsylvania, students will be given the opportunity to compare and contrast parallel policies and institutions in Scandinavia. By visiting both Sweden and Norway, participants will experience, first-hand, an alternate practical and theoretical framework for criminal justice, as well as the cultural context necessary to support that system.
During their time abroad, participants will tour prisons facilities, including Halden Fengsel, a world-renowned rehabilitative prison in Norway, and a juvenile detention facility in Uppsala, Sweden. Students will also speak with criminal justice policy-makers, meet with peers from Stockholm University and tour law enforcement, courts, and other related institutions. During the course, students will also immerse themselves in Swedish and Norwegian history and culture in order to better understand the divergent cultural norms that support the American and Scandinavian criminal justice systems.
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Upon completion of this course, students will:
• Be able to describe the modern Swedish, Norwegian criminal justice systems
• Understand the historical and cultural factors that have shaped these justice systems
• Distinguish and apply social and criminological theories and purposes within these systems
• Be able to compare and contrast these systems to the American/ domestic approach to crime
• Become familiar with emerging issues justice-involved populations in Scandinavia
• Appreciate Scandinavian culture
Student Testimonial: I want to share with you my final thesis book for my prison project... This was overall such a fulfilling project, and something that I am truly passionate about. I will forever be grateful for my experience studying abroad -- so much of what I saw informed my design process and helped me to curate design solutions for all people who experience the carceral setting.
Credit/Registration: Students accepted to this program will be automatically registered for CJS 380 Scandinavian Perspectives on Justice 3 credits for spring term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 3 credits for this program are not optional.
Pre-Travel Requirements: There will be one mandatory, preparatory class meetings during the winter term.
Arrival Date: March 16th, 2024
Departure Date: March 24th, 2024
Tentative Itinerary Overview
|Fri||15-Mar||Travel||Departure flight from US|
|Sat||16-Mar||Swedish Culture and Context||Arrival + orientation + group dinner|
|Sun||17-Mar||Youth Justice I||Lecture + city tour|
|Mon||18-Mar||Youth Justice II||Closed youth detention facility site visit|
|Tues||19-Mar||Travel||Lecture + Travel|
|Wed||20-Mar||Norwegian Culture and Context||Lecture + museums|
|Thurs||21-Mar||Criminal Corrections I||Adult prison site visit|
|Fri||22-Mar||Criminal Corrections II||Site visits to Kriminalomsorgen and Røde Kors|
|Sat||23-Mar||Norwegian Culture and Context||Museums + group dinner|
|Sun||24-Mar||Travel||Return flight to US|
Due November 15th, 2023 $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15th, 2024 $1,400 Final Payment
All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
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|NOTE: This program is Freshman Friendly so First Year students are welcome to apply.|
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