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  • Locations: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Dartmouth Students Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Homestay Areas of Study: American Studies, Criminal Justice, Peace/Conflict Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, Spanish Studies
Program Category: Study abroad Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:
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CJS 257/350 Foundations in Justice Studies, 3 credits
(Optional 3 credit Spanish courses at a local university for additional charge) 

Travel Dates: May 15-June 6, 2019
This is a spring semester course with a travel component to Mexico in May and June.

By looking at topics such as the War on Drugs, domestic violence, race and racism, and alternative forms of justice, students explore how justice in Mexico compares to that in their own communities. In this highly interactive class, students will examine the nature of contemporary justice systems as well as restorative, transformative, and indigenous justice approaches in Mexico. The comparative case of Mexico enables students to see very different understandings of crime and justice, even as they will trace how the U.S. – and New England – are intimately connected to Latin America and the Caribbean. The 2019 trip will also include an extended discussion about ethnicity and racism in Mexico, including with local Afro-Mexican organizations.

This course is led by CJS Asst. Prof. Eric Larson, who has lived and done research in this area for many years.

Oaxaca (pronounced “wuh*’ha*ka”) is a highly diverse state with 16 different indigenous groups. For you reference, here’s a web site about the location of CJS 257/350 course in Mexico this spring. We are based in Oaxaca City, the capital of the state.

Study Abroad Travel Requirement
Students participating in faculty-led programs must travel with the group on the pre-determined dates of the program.