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A Cross-National Comparison of Justice in Canada and the United States

In this study-abroad program to Montreal and Ottawa, students will gain a greater understanding of three justice models used around the world: adversarial, inquisitorial, and restorative justice. Through museum and prison tour visits, an academic lecture, and workshop, students will be able to critically assess the strengths of each and consider what the goals of a justice system should be and the most effective means of achieving them. Additionally, as Canada has a total jail and prison population that is two percent of the United States’ (World Prison Brief, 2020) special attention will be paid to what policies and practices led to the United States becoming the world’s largest jailer.




Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
Commitment Fee Deadline: March 12, 2021

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Course Description

This blended 5-week course is designed for students to critically analyze justice systems used in Canada and the United States. Most of this course will be delivered online through Canvas. In Week 3, students will tour the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. In Week 4, the course will travel to Canada for the study abroad component of the course.

Program Information

Course: CRI 351 Comparative Criminology

Liberal Learning:  Global; Behavior, Cultural, and Social Perspectives

Law, politics, and philosophy minor and the law and society concentration.

Dates: August 6, 2021-August 13, 2021 (Travel Dates)

Program Directors: Dr. Margaret E. Leigey Professor of Criminology  

Program Fee:
Undergraduate In-State: $5,006.60
Undergraduate Out-of-State: $5,630.52

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  • Montreal Walking Tour: See the Olympic Stadium,
    Notre Dame Basilica, McGill University, St. Joseph’s Oratory & S. Catherin’s Street
  • Pied du Courant Prison Tour
  • Notre Dame de Bonsecours,
  • Ottawa Walking Tour
  • ByWard Market
  • Canada Museum of History
  • Rideau Canal Cruise
City Skyline during Night Time


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course-specific questions, please contact: Dr. Margaret E. Leigey at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.