This program will teach students how to think critically about contemporary crime and justice issues in the U.S. compared to two countries on two continents – Morocco in Northern Africa and Spain in Southern Europe. While these two countries are different in terms of histories, economic development, language and culture, political systems, and international relations, they share one interesting feature -- they have historically had less crime than the U.S. The course offered on this program will examine why that is and ask what Americans can learn from other countries to improve public safety in the U.S.
Morocco and Spain are especially interesting for criminologists because of their geographic locations. They are at continental and international crossroads, which presents unique challenges for transnational crime problems like human and drug trafficking. Students taking this course will explore how different cultures, legal systems, institutions, social conditions, and geographies affect both the occurrence of crime and crime prevention. Not only will students experience living in both of these countries, but they will also meet criminal justice professionals and see how the criminal justice systems in these countries work first hand.
Speak with police professionals in both Morocco and Spain.
Meet social service providers who interact with the criminal justice system (e.g. youth workers, women's rights organizations).
Tour the historic underground prison built by Sultan Moulay Ismail in the 17th century.
Compare different government systems and legal institutions across countries.
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This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
For More Info, contact:
Dr. Janet Stamatel, faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky, email@example.com.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
Undergraduates will enroll in SOC 351: Global Sociological Topics: Crime and Justice at International Crossroads (3 credit hours).
All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
Housing & Meals
While in Casablanca, Meknes, Tangier and Madrid, students will reside in shared rooms at a hotel. While in Granada, students will reside with host families.
Breakfast will be provided each day while at a hotel. Students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals with the exception of any group meals listed in the program itinerary. In Granada, three meals per day will be provided by the host families.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the"Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and International Studies Abroad (ISA). Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.