In this program, you will examine the legal systems of the United States and New Zealand to compare the policing, court processes, citizen rights, and incarceration and sentencing policies of the two countries. Although New Zealand's system is based on statutory and common law with a judiciary structure similar to Great Britain and Canada, its prison system faces issues quite similar to those in the United States, including disproportionate minority contact and high incarceration rates. A focal point of the course will be the intersection between the indigenous cultures and majority justice systems, which will allow you to compare the Maori experience with those of the Great Sioux Nation.
- Identify and articulate the significant differences and similarities between the criminal justice systems in the United States and New Zealand.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the traditional forms of social sanction used by the tribes with reservations located in South Dakota and by the Maori.
- Compare and contrast the experiences of the indigenous peoples in the majority modern justice systems in the United States and New Zealand.
- Demonstrate awareness of multiple perspectives within the global community.
- Investigate and analyze contemporary issues, phenomena, and ideas with global impact, considering their effect of the individuals, communities, and social or natural environments involved.
- Identify and utilize a theory of comparative criminal justice in completing a significant written research assignment.
May 12-26, 2018
CJUS 492 Comparative Criminal Justice: New Zealand and the United States, 3 credits (syllabus)
- POLS 492 Comparative Criminal Justice: New Zealand and the United States, 3 credits
Participants will stay in shared hostel accommodations arranged by the program.
Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
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To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.
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This program is open to students of all majors. Preference will be given to applicants from criminal justice and political science.
This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.