Travel, study and service learning opportunities in Ecuador

RIC and the Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) are offering a course – open to undergraduate and graduate students – that will provide service-learning activities in nonprofits in Quito, Ecuador, and intensive Spanish language immersion classes at PUCE.

2010 RIC Comparitive Criminology students in Quito, Ecuador. (Photo: Barry Thompson)
Comparative Criminology (SOC 350-01 for undergraduates; CONT 550-01 for graduates) will run during Summer Sessions I, from May 23 to June 24. Students will study in Ecuador from June 1-15.

Designed for students in a broad cross-section of programs and disciplines, the course may be of interest to students in sociology, social work, political science, nursing or foreign language. Previous course service-learning experiences have included working with abandoned children, rape victims, and victims of domestic violence.

RIC and PUCE students will study in English with Jill Harrison, RIC assistant professor of sociology. Her research compares marginalized and imprisoned men and women in Latin America and the United States to identify how gender, social class, race, and politics shape the criminal justice structure in both hemispheres.

“Having the opportunity to travel to another country to experience the culture and language has lifelong benefits,” said Harrison. “You gain perspective on your own country, culture and lifestyle, and are exposed to many experiences that help you learn about yourself as you experience the language and make friendships that can last a lifetime.”

Comparative Criminology is offered for undergraduate credit and for graduate-level continuing education units. Costs for travel, lodging, food and miscellaneous expenses are estimated to be $1,500 (in addition to the cost of the course). Enrollment is limited.

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