Our program explores the similarities and differences between the cultural, social, and criminal justice institutions in Scotland, England, and Wales. We’ll visit three key cities: Inverness, London, and Cardiff-each an important location in their nations’ histories and cultural development. Students shall engage local law enforcement and legal authorities, visit historic sites, and consider the cities’ place in their larger societies, while also examining how American sensibilities influence students’ experiences in Britain. This 3-credit study abroad experience will introduce students to Britain: a state understood as one country, but in reality a fascinating, multi-faceted place full of dynamic cultures, competing aspirations, and difficult and exciting histories. Interrogating these realities through an American lens will challenge students’ assumptions and introduce them to a dynamic corner of Europe.
Program Capacity: 10
Required Credits: 3
Open to All Majors
Application Deadline: December 1st
- GPA of 2.3 or better
- Consent of Instructor(s)
- Good academic and judicial standing
HIST 490 or CJS 430: This course intends that the information and site visits making up this trip shall provide insight into city and national culture, including aspects social, political, and historical. Specifically, the course shall analyze Inverness, London, and Cardiff and their relationship with Britain. All three sites are important to the state’s history, but also sites of profound importance to their national communities: Scotland, England, and Wales. Just as important as the history and ideas presented are the activities you engage in beyond those we have planned.
This course shall also provide a cross-cultural context to the study and practice of criminal justice. The U.S. Criminal Justice System has deep roots to the history of Western Europe, particularly to places such as Wales and England. Important historical developments throughout Western Europe between the 16th-20th centuries impacted the political, cultural, and economic landscapes of the region. Laws and legal systems emerged to control problem behavior and “dangerous classes” during this period, and these developments impact our understanding of law and justice even today. This course will draw on the connections between this historical context, and contemporary notions of “crime” and “justice” in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
Please immerse yourself, if only even a little, in the local history and identities of these cities, as well as their cultures, norms, and outlooks. The course shall be much more enriching for it.
Student accommodations will consist of hotels located in the various traveled areas.
May 18, 2020 - May 29, 2020 (abroad)
Program Fee: $2,635
- Includes tuition, lodging, all travel in Britain, course site admission
- Does not include airfare
December 15: $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
February 28: Remaining Balance
Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below. Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.
The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit
The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)
Professor Jeffrey Meriwether, Associate Dean School of Humanities, Arts and Education
Office: GHH 308B
Professor Sean Varano, Justice Studies
Health and Safety:
Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to the program. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security.
All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.