Study Abroad in Criminal Justice in London and Rome, Study & Travel Program

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Criminal Justice in London and Rome: Academics

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the Criminal Justice program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Unexcused absences are not permitted.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

CRIM 333 (3)
Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course will provide a global, comparative approach to the study of criminal behavior and criminal justice systems. It will debate the causes of crime and law enforcement practices and outcomes, with particular focus on the impact of ethnicity, gender, race and social class. Applying both a sociological and scientific approach, the course will analyze types of crime and its control, examining corrections, courts and policing around the world, with special focus upon Italy, the U.K. and the U.S. Teaching methods will be by lecture, discussion and fieldtrips to help students better understand the history of crime and its control in Italy and the U.K.

Italian Mafias: History and Evolution

This course examines the multifaceted world of the Italian Mafia from the historical, social, cultural, criminological, and political perspectives, from the creation of the Italian state in 1861 to today. The course begins with a general introduction to Italy, Southern Italy, and Sicily. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the activity of the Italian mafias within the international context including the American Mafia. The course covers the connections between Mafia and politics in Italy, the corruption system, and personal relationships in the context of the mafia organizations.

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