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.
Students will also explore St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia and grand city of the czars. It is Russia's second-largest city with 5 million inhabitants and rich in historical and cultural traditions. Summer brings the famous "White Nights," approximately 80 evenings of nearly round-the-clock daylight. It is a time for celebration as the city's residents leave the long, cold days of winter behind them. Cultural excursions, including a tour of the State Hermitage Museum, the former winter palace of the czars; a cruise on the rivers and canals that make up the city; and visits to St. Petersburg's famous cathedrals, will open students' eyes to the vibrant Russian history and culture.
Students will study issues of crime and punishment 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 Russia will offer a unique perspective through its policies and models. With criminal justice as a backdrop, students will also experience Russia and Finland through historical and cultural site visits.
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, Russia 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 Russia and Finland.
Students will stay in downtown residence hotels while in Finland. The hotels have a microwave and small refrigerator. In Russia, students will stay two nights in a three-star hotel.
VISA & TRAVEL INFORMATION
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