Liverpool, England is a joint study abroad program shared between Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public and International Affairs. Arriving in Liverpool near the end of June for a three-week term, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and history of Northwest England. Day excursions range from a tour to view the childhood homes of the Beatles to a visit to a much earlier era: a 2,000 year-old Roman walled city in nearby Chester. The program provides an overnight trip to North Wales that includes trekking along the mountainside in Snowdonia, walking through preserved medieval castles in Conwy and Caernarfon, crossing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and strolling the pier in Llandudno. Students live in single occupancy en suite rooms with shared kitchens on the campus of the University of Liverpool. Ranked in the top 1% of universities world-wide, the University of Liverpool is centrally located with a five-minute walk to shops and restaurants.
Students enroll in two courses that focus on law, justice, and crime. Criminal Justice Systems in the US and UK (POLS 4781, taught by Dr. Susan Haire) uses a comparative approach, drawing on the U.S. experience, to develop students’ understanding of the British criminal justice system. Crime in the Global Context (SOCI 4590, taught by Dr. Jody Clay-Warner) surveys many of the major issues in criminology, including the nature of crime, causes of crime, and societal reactions to crime across different cultures and societal contexts. Both courses include online assignments to be completed before arriving in Liverpool. In addition to instruction by UGA faculty, these courses will include guest lectures from resident experts on faculty at the University of Liverpool. Students will also visit nearby English trial courts and the West Midlands police force.