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Forensic Psychology in a Global Perspective

PS 598 (3 credits)
June 14-21, 2014
London, England

This intensive summer course in London, sponsored by the Center for Global Education, offers students an opportunity to spend a significant amount of time observing the criminal justice system in London. Students will observe trials in criminal court, visit other forensic sites, hear lectures/presentations from criminal justice professionals, and discuss issues with fellow Forensic students in London. Students from the Forensic Psychology programs at Marymount and London Metropolitan University are eligible to take the course.

The course will include four mandatory pre-departure classes followed by a one-week intensive course in London and one follow-up session upon return. Students will be expected to maintain a journal of their experiences and write analyses of various issues after returning home.

Students are encouraged to travel before or after the course to pursue their own interests as the course is intensely scheduled to achieve the three credits and does not include a lot of free time

Course Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the criminal court system in the UK.
  • Students will compare the role of forensic psychology in the UK to that of the United States.
  • Students will analyze the British approach to fighting terrorism.
  • Students will write a cultural self-study which demonstrates an understanding of their own internalized cultural values and assumptions.
  • Students, working in small groups, will analyze and discuss selected controversial issues in the British legal system, compare them to related American problems, and propose solutions.

Faculty: Dr. Mary Lindahl
Dr. Mary Lindahl is Professor of Psychology at Marymount University, where she developed and chaired the Department of Forensic Psychology from 2001-2008. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1984, with a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University in sociology. Since that time, she has taught at Duke and Marymount as well as working in private practice as a clinical and forensic psychologist.

She has a subspecialty in PTSD, child trauma, and child abuse, and frequently serves as an expert witness providing an opinion to the court on the best interests of a child. In her Spring 2013 sabbatical, she studied children’s rights issues in Sweden and the United States, and is currently working on a paper advocating the incorporation of international human rights standards into child psychology in the United States.

Dr. Lindahl has a long-standing interest in global education and frequently takes Forensic Psychology classes abroad, with past trips to London, Israel, and Sweden. She is planning to take a class to Israel in January 2015, where students will study and participate in programs that work to solve the Middle East conflict by encouraging peace and cooperation between young Israel and Palestinian children.

Tuition: $2550 (3 credits)
Program fee: $1050

  • Hotel room (double occupancy)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Ground transportation
  • Programmatic cultural activities and site visits
  • Emergency Travel Insurance

Program fee does not include airfare, textbooks and personal expenses. Please do not purchase any airline tickets until enrollment for the class is confirmed in late January.

*MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. You are responsible for making all timely payments to Marymount University.

To apply for any study abroad program, you must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and not be on disciplinary probation.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2013

Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Learn more about the application process