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Class Moves Overseas to Study Criminal Justice issues in Ireland, Great Britain

University of Houston-Downtown faculty and students will be in Ireland, England and Scotland from May 16 to 28 visiting prisons, courts and police departments as part of their International Criminal Justice class.
The 27 undergraduate and graduate students met from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 12 to April 30, discussing the criminal justice issues they will encounter during the trip. The trip leader is Mark Kellar, associate professor of criminal justice. Other criminal justice faculty participating are Lance Hignite, assistant professor, and Judith Harris, lecturer.

"The class offers students a unique face to face experience with criminal justice systems from both a cultural and an academic point of view," Harris said.
For the class, undergraduate and graduate students are responsible for writing research papers and must complete in-class and at-home examinations before taking the trip abroad, Harris said. Graduate students have more rigorous requirements and are responsible for presenting their research on a particular component of the Scottish, Irish and English Justice Systems, she said.

Andy Pryce, British Deputy Consul General in Houston, spoke to the class on the English criminal justice system and provided the students with contacts to help them enter English courts, police departments and a prison.

In Scotland, the trip will start in Edinburg. The group will then travel to the Scottish Highlands where the class will meet with a Scottish police superintendent and the Dornoch constabulary in northern Scotland. Class members will stay at the famous Dornoch Castle.
When the group lands in Dublin, Ireland, they will visit with barristers from the Supreme Court of Ireland and learn about Irish trial procedures. During the last session, the class will see Irish dancers perform.

 

Source: UHD Skyline Newsletter

Last updated or reviewed on 8/19/11

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