Teaching Comparative Criminal Justice in the 21st Century

Mitchel Roth, Sam Houston State University

With innovations such as the INTERNET and the globalization of organized crime it has become more important for criminal justice programs to integrate comparative criminal justice into the curriculum. Unfortunately, professors face many obstacles in teaching such courses. Chief among them is the dearth of knowledge among today's students (and faculty) about other legal traditions (besides common law) and other criminal justice systems. This paper examines the more positive aspects of incorporating a comparative approach to criminal justice education whenever possible and suggests several techniques for teaching such courses. In addition it will address methods for teaching courses to students by incorporating the INTERNET and group projects.

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Updated 05/20/2006