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Comparative Crime and Punishment
Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; Tampere, Finland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Type:
Faculty-led Program
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Marquette Credit
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College of Arts and Sciences
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Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Program Coordinator:
Brock Price
Program Description:

Thursday, February 5th @ 4:30
4th Floor Holthusen Hall


With over 200 lakes winding through the city, the views Tampere, Finland, has to offer are breath-taking. In addition to its theaters, which have an international reputation, it offers a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities, including the modern Municipal Library, the Lenin Museum, numerous parks and lakes, and the Särkänniemi amusement park. Tampere is a booming technologic hub. With a growing student population, studying here is the perfect place to learn and socialize.

Neighboring Tallinn, Estonia is a vibrant city that has fused the modern and the medieval boasting a culture that is both Nordic and Russian. Estonia was long under Soviet rule, but joined the European Union in 2004. It is home to a large Russian population yet is closely tied to Nordic Europe - a short ferry ride away. It showcases a mix of ancient church spires, glass skyscrapers, palaces, eateries and cafes. Tallinn also boasts a mostly intact medieval city center with watchtowers topped by red roofs.



Students will study issues of crime and social justice alongside European students from Tampere University in Finland. Individuals studying criminal justice will benefit from experiential learning through prison tours, museum visits and interactions with criminal justice organizations. Students will hear from guest speakers including criminal justice practitioners, former inmates, and academic experts in the field. Finland is a current model of social justice in managing crime. They are focused on human rights and take full responsibility for those brought into the system working hard to rebuild families and reintegrate individuals into society. Likewise Estonia will offer a unique perspective through its policies and models. With criminal justice as a backdrop, students will also experience Finland and Estonia through historical and cultural site visits, including local guided tours, traditional cuisine, a summer cottage experience with a smoke sauna.

Tentative Itinerary
5/12     Depart Milwaukee
5/13     Arrive in Tampere. Check in to student housing. Orientation. Class begins.
5/14     Lectures/discussion in morning and afternoon. Cultural activities in the evening.
5/15     Lectures/discussion in morning and afternoon. Free time in the evening.
5/16     Cultural activities in Haapasaari Cottage
5/17     Return to Tampere - free day.
5/18     Classroom session at the University of Tampere
5/19     Visit to Huittinen prison. Documentaries shown on bus ride to and from prison.
5/20     Lectures/discussion in morning and afternoon. Cultural activities in the evening.
5/21     Departure to Helsinki, ferrty to Tallinn, Estonia. Lecture by Dr. Hilborn and guided tour of old town.
5/22     Tour of Estonian prison, reflection and cultural activities
5/23     Prison tour in morning. Departure to Helsinki and return to Milwaukee.


Students will participate in a comprehensive orientation prior to departure. Additional orientation will take place upon arrival in Finland.

Courses offered

Students will complete a three-credit course titled SOCI/SOWJ/CRLS 4951: Comparative Crime and Punishment. The course will be taught by Marquette professor Dr. Richard Jones and Dr. Ikponwosa Ekunwe from the University of Tampere. The program is a good fit for students majoring in sociology, criminology and law studies, social welfare and justice, or political science.

The focus of this course is on how deviance and criminality are embedded in the larger socio-political economy, as well as a reflection of it. The course will be divided into three parts.
Part one will explore the social construction of reality, with specific focus on how crime is conceptualized, what myths are created regarding crime and criminals, and the role of government and media in constructing crime myths. Part two will explore the response to crime, with specific focus on corrections in Finland, Estonia and the United States. Part three will provide a practical component, with guest speakers (including criminal justice practitioners, former inmates, and other experts), videos and tours of prisons in Finland and Estonia.

Assessment will be based on a class journal and reaction paper that builds off course materials or reflects upon those materials.



In Finland, students will primarily stay in a three-star downtown hotel in shared rooms (two per room) with a breakfast buffet. Two nights will be spent in summer holiday cottages. In Estonia, students will also stay in a three-star hotel.


Click on the link below for visa & travel details specific to Finland.

Visa and Travel - Finland

This program is currently not accepting applications.