The Use of Supplemental Readings in Comparative Criminology Courses

Harry Dammer, Niagara University

With the growing interest in comparative criminal justice and criminology has come a significant increase in the publication of written materials within the subject area. Although there are now a core number of solid textbooks to ground students in a comparative course, even the best texts are unable to cover many of the key contemporary issues. One way to augment text material is through the use of supplemental readings. This paper will explore three kinds of supplemental readings--edited texts/monographs, government documents, and novels. The paper will include a discussion of their benefits and limits, and how they can best be implemented in the comparative criminology classroom.

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