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 have the opportunity to discover Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. It is an ideal destination, which combines the comforts of modern world, a versatile nightlife and adventure, a rich culture and historic settings.
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 Estonia is an emerging democracy looking at models around the world as they develop their own policies and system. With criminal justice as a backdrop, students will also experience Estonia and Finland through historical and cultural site visits.
The program is a good fit for students majoring in sociology, criminology and law studies, social welfare and justice, or political science.
Students will stay in downtown residence hotels for the duration of the program. The hotels have a microwave and small refrigerator.
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 Criminal Justice course titled 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 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 Estonia, Finland 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 Estonia and Finland.
VISA & TRAVEL INFORMATION
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