Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Willemstad, Curacao
- Program Terms: Fall- Embedded
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
CRIM 451 (Race, Crime, and Justice)(3 credits) focuses on the relationship between race and the law. In this embedded version of CRIM 451, we will feature online instruction and a one-week mandatory trip to Curacao, a Caribbean island nation that is a member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The great majority of our online instruction will concentrate on how American law and legal institutions have dealt with race. We will cover how the Constitution and courts have treated race from the beginnings of the United States to present. We will study the legal framework of slavery, its abolition, the rise and fall of Jim Crow segregation, affirmative action, and continuing disparities. We will examine specific criminal justice issues such as differences in incarceration rates and the death penalty,wrongful convictions, racial profiling, police use of force, and police relations.
Our trip to Curacao will occur during Thanksgiving break. Curacao has a racial history that parallels the American experience in some ways but is unique in many others. Curacao is a small island nation that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Although it is located in the Caribbean, its citizens hold European passports. However, it is quickly apparent that Dutch and other continental Europeans do not consider Curacaoans to be fully European and the Curacaoans do not enjoy the same luxuries and lifestyle experienced by Netherlanders. Our time in Curacao will be spent trying to understand how race has played a role in shaping the identity of the people of Curacao. We will examine the role played by Curacao in the slave trade, the nature of slavery in Curacao and the impact of slave rebellions there, contemporary race relations, human trafficking, and Curacao's Jewish community that was one of the earliest in the Western world. We will have daily site visits, tours, and lectures but will also provide time for personal exploration of the island.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must complete an online application. Please contact the program leader to request the link to the application.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall- Embedded||2019||08/21/2019 **||Rolling Admission||11/23/2019||11/30/2019|
|NOTE: NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Howard Smith by emailing email@example.com if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.|
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