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Brazil - 2019

Study Abroad in Brazil from May 24 to June 6, 2019.

Please contact Dr. Vandiver for more information.



We plan on going May 24 to June 6th and students can receive 3 independent study hours of credit for this.

There are three CJ faculty attending: Dr. Donna Vandiver, Dr. Angela Jones, and Dr. Stafford.  Dr. Stafford and Dr. Vandiver have led several successful trips to Brazil, Cuba, and Russia.


The tentative costs (*pending final approval): 

1.       Tuition + $200 study abroad fee + insurance: $1,908

2.       Airfare: $1,500

3.       Program Costs: $2,562


The program costs include hotel, transportation, academic support, and most meals while we are there. There are scholarship opportunities (more on that later).

We spend most of our time in Belo Horizonte (a big city, about 2.5 million) and then we will head to Rio de Janeiro the last few days. Here are just a few of the highlights while we are there. Yes, we will attend a soccer game, visit local museums, go on a few city tours, and visit a beach in Rio. We have EXCELLENT academic support while we are there, including several seminars by professors and experts in Brazil. We also have some site visits scheduled to the juvenile courts and will meet a judge for the regular courts (and see a trial).  Just like any other course, students will have assigned readings and be expected to complete assignments.

We are hosted by Dr. Corinne Davis Rodrigues, who is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department and Director of the Center for Urban Studies at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Her teaching areas are crime causation and research methods on the undergraduate and graduate level. She has done research on conflict resolution in Brazilian shanty-towns.  Her current research focuses on intra-urban variations in Brazilian crime and the impacts of economic and racial spatial segregation in urban areas on crime and safety.  

A typical day includes a seminar/discussion at the Federal University of Minas Gerais given by an expert in a criminal justice-related topic in the morning and an afternoon visit to a courthouse or other culturally/academically related site.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

1.   Compare the similarities and differences between the American criminal justice system and the Brazilian criminal justice system in relation to forms of injustice and inequalities inherent in the two systems.

2.   Describe cultural aspects that are inherent in both the United States and Brazilian criminal justice systems.

3.   Analyze the theory, history, research, legislation, and policy implications related to the construction of the Brazilian criminal justice system.

4.   Identify and explain current national and international trends concerning the Brazilian criminal justice system.

These objectives will be achieved through various activities, including attending pre/post departure meetings and meetings/activities during the study abroad, reading assigned material, participating in discussions, completing assignments, and attending meetings in Brazil.