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Citadel Maymester in Argentina

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2018
Program Starts: May 07, 2018
Program Ends: May 25, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $2,900
Link 1: Argentina Program Slideshow
Link 2: Criminal Justice Study Abroad Webpage
Program Locations: Buenos Aires
Contact Phone: 843-953-6882
Contact Name: Dr. Brian Norris
Contact Email:
What is Included: -Lodging
-Some meals
-On-site Transportation
-Tuition for 3 credits

What is not Included: -Roundtrip Airfare
-Passport Fees
-Personal Expenses
-Most Meals
Program Description


CRMJ 465 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Undergraduate) - 3 credits
CRMJ 510 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Graduate) - 3 credits

This course focuses on understanding the function of the major criminal justice institutions of Argentina, including police and criminal courts especially. Students will gain an appreciation of these institutions in cultural, historical, and regional context. The primary method will be informational interviews with various criminal justice professionals, including practitioners and researchers. The program will situate criminal justice issues in appropriate context by including interviews with journalists, economists, business leaders, and others not narrowly related to the criminal justice profession. It is estimated that we will have 25 to 30 interviews in two week time period. Readings include authoritative articles and book sections selected by expert with 20 years experience in Latin America.

Student Learning Outcomes:
-Demonstrate knowledge of Argentinian political, institutional, and criminal justice history and current function of institutions.
-Appreciate and identify authoritative sources of information on Argentina in general and specific technical areas in the country.
-Display knowledge of different informed perspectives on given topics of interest by having substantive interviews of different technical training, socioeconomic status, and ideology.
-Develop appreciation for non-internet based sources of information, in particular, daily newspapers sold in Buenos Aires


The group will be in Charleston for for class from May 7 to 11, and will travel to Argentina on Saturday, May 12, returning on Saturday, May 25. Students will study criminal justice institutions of Argentina through the methods and concepts of area studies and comparativism. Area studies takes seriously culture, history, and regional peculiarities in making sense of technical areas of expertise. This course will feature the reform of the Metropolitan Police of Buenos Aires, but will also focus on Argentinian institutions and culture broadly.

Argentina today is a 43-million person country and is important within the 580-million person Latin American region. The country is a democracy, with an economy based primarily in commodity exports. Historically, Argentina is younger than the ‘old’ colonial centers of New Spain (Mexico) and Peru, and as such has only a 350-year pedigree dating back to colonial times. Argentina lacked major indigenous populations such as the Aztecs and Incas, and further received heavy Southern European immigration in the late 19th century to complement the Iberian foundation of its population. This unique origin has given Argentina a distinctive set of institutions and political culture within the Western Hemisphere. We lack deep knowledge of Argentina in the US. The country is the furthest south of the Latin American republics, and it literally and metaphorically faces Europe. Unlike Mexico, about which we know a lot, Argentina is something of a cypher for Americans, and therefor offers a frontier of sorts for adventurous students and faculty.

-Students will have the opportunity to visit the following sites:
*Excursion to Junin
*Executive Mansion
*Supreme Court
*Census Bureau
*Major museums
*Universidad Torcuato di Tella and Universidad de Buenos Aires

Note: No previous Spanish instruction is required for this program.


Dr. Brian Norris
Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Norris has made 31 professional international trips since 1997 and lived five years in Latin America. He has organized five study abroad programs and has been the #2 faculty on two. His book, Prison Bureaucracies in the US, Mexico, India, and Honduras is based on 153 interviews with prison leaders in those countries, and research conducted over five years in ten international trips (seven to Mexico, two to India, and one to Honduras). In August 2017, he started a new line of research in Zambia.

Quick Facts

Population: 42192494
Capital: Buenos Aires
Per-capita GDP: $ 17700
Size: 2780400 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 03:00 hours) Brasilia

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