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  • Locations: Hikone, Japan
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Program Sponsor: Japan Center for Michigan Universities 
  • Budget Sheets: May Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Compare Japanese and U.S. law & order on this experiential-focused short program!



Length: 2 weeks (Mid-May through the end of May)

Credits: 3

Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Housing: JCMU Residence Hall

Eligibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Open to college students of all majors.

Language of instruction: English

Program fees: Community, Culture, and Social Order budget sheet



Summary: This course provides a comparative examination of social systems of organization and control in Japan and the United States. Both informal and formal cultural dynamics are explored. An examination of informal systems includes family, school, and workplace. Moreover, formal systems of control, including police, courts, and correctional subsystems are surveyed. Special emphasis is placed upon historical, philosophical, ideological, and cultural perspectives that make these two civilizations unique and similar to one another. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Field trips & other benefits: You will be provided with your own bike to use while on the program. In addition, you will have the chance to go on a field excursion with your classmates! The location & date of the excursion are subject to change on a yearly basis, but past students have been taken to Kyoto, Nara, Uji, and more.

Course objectives:
  1. To recognize various socio-cultural dynamics that influence organizational structures/processes and generally provide support to informal and formal social controls;
  2. To achieve a basic understanding of the historical, philosophical, ideological, and cultural issues that distinctively influence the development of Japanese and U.S. informal and formal systems of control/justice;
  3. To compare and contrast Japanese and U.S. justice systems from, 1) an aggregated perspective, and 2) across selected sub-systems (e.g., police, courts);
  4. To advance understanding of the structure and function of criminal justice systems in Japan and the United States.
Program Leaders: William Crawley (Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of West Florida) and Naoki Kanaboshi (Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University) have been working together for years providing students with a criminal justice-focused study abroad course through JCMU. Leaders in the field, their goal is to introduce systems of law & order in Japan and have U.S. students compare that with what they know about the American law system.


Want to learn what past students have said about their time in Hikone? Or do you want to read about what our recent students have been up to? Then visit the Alumni Testimonials and Events sections of the JCMU Official Blog!

Temple festivalWith younger Japanese studentsIn front of Hikone CastleBusy Japanese shopping center

This program is currently not accepting applications.