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Study Abroad To
Santo Domingo, Dominican REpublic
Summer 2013 (June 1st-June 30th)


“Latin American Critical Geography”
Directors: Prof. Luis Barrios and Prof. Hernando Estevez

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This sixth Study Abroad Program in the Dominican Republic is designed to give students a comparative view of Latin American, through the lenses of crime, philosophy, culture, history, politics, religion, and language. We chose Latin America as the most appropriate site for the summer program because of the high number of John Jay students from this region. In addition, many other of our students have been exposed to or influenced by Caribbean culture living in New York City. Therefore, our student population generally has a strong interest in or ties to the region, but often few opportunities to visit or study any of the countries found in the Caribbean. Even in the case of students who have experienced life in Latin America in general and the Caribbean in particular, they typically have not studied it from a criminological/philosophical standpoint. This Study Abroad program combines rigorous academic study, practical on-site learning, seminars, and structured reflections that engage students in some of today’s most urgent social, ethic, political, economic, and ecological matters.

Course descriptions:

Undergraduate courses
LLS-290-Special Topic-Latin American Cultural Geography: This is a 3-credit course that will be taught by Prof. Barrios, a faculty member from the Department of Latin American & Latina/o Studies. The purpose of this course is to explore Latin American as a geographical unit, by surveying some of its vernacular artistic, sociopolitical, philosophic and psychological knowledge formations. Issues include the basic methods by which people exert power or influence over others, the creation of political identities such as nation state, an empire, or sub-nation region, and political struggles over territories, natural resources, trade routes, urban spaces, land uses and other valuable assets. Important players in these struggles include states (government from the national down to the local level, numerous specialized government agencies, the court system, etc.), corporations and other large companies, powerful religious institutions, oppositional citizens’ organizations, and resistance movements. The venue for the field research site/topic is the Dominican-Haitian Border.

PHI-292-Special Topic-Philosophy of Crime and Punishment in the Caribbean:This is a 3-credit course that will be taught by Prof. Estevez, a faculty member from the Philosophy Department. This course will present an overview of the most representative problems facing the criminal justice system in the Caribbean. In the broadest terms, this class’ objective is to introduce students to the full range of Caribbean societies and cultures, then attempt to make historical and philosophical sense of the region as a whole through the analysis of the social, cultural and judicial conditions conducive to crime and their punitive response. We will examine common patterns of socio-economic, cultural and legal adaptations beneath the outward diversity of the region. Class methodology develops from a conceptual understanding of the diverse conditions defining the Caribbean to the difficulties and complexities of the ideas of crime and punishment as they operate on a practical level.

CRJ 769- Deviant Behavior: This is a 3-credit course taught by Prof. Barrios.This course examines the variety of ways in which deviance is defined, sustained, responded to, tolerated, controlled and suppressed. The course explores contemporary deviant subcultures, centering on drug taking, sexual behavior and gang membership. It will trace tendencies towards deviance versus conformity back to social structures, social processes and differential law enforcement. This course has been developed to help students think through possible thesis topics and/or articles for publication. 


  1. LLS-290: ENG 101 and sophomore standing or permission from instructor
  2. PHI-292: ENG 101 and sophomore standing or permission from instructor
  3. CRJ 769: Good Standing in a MA program

Field Activities: The program will offer various field trips in the afternoons, which will be designed in direct connection to the program curriculum. These trips will include, among other things, visits to the Dominican-Haitian border, Dominican prisons, the Dominican court system, the National Police Headquarters, and youth organizations in the barrios of Guachupita, Capotillo and Cristo Rey, Museum of Dominican Man, Museum of Modern Art and Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance. Some of these field trips will take several hours. Thus, when appropriate, teaching will be intertwined with the arranged visits.

institutional affiliation: This Study Abroad Program will be housed again at the Santo Domingo campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo-Escuela de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas (UASD-Autonomous University of Santo Domingo-Judicial and Political Sciences School) in collaboration with two other institutions: the Instituto de Criminología (Criminology Institute) and Solidaridad Fronteriza.

LiVING aRRAnGEMENTS: The first week, we are planning to stay in El Masacre Hotel, in the city of Dajabón ( The next three weeks we are going back to the city of Santo Domingo and we are planning to stay at the Residence Apart-Hotel Plaza Colonial, Santo Domingo( Similar to the past five programs, the UASD is going to take the leadership in preparing the breakfast and lunch from Monday through Friday.

FINANCIAL AID/Scholarships: Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid office to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program.

Undergraduate students may also be eligible for a Study/Travel Overseas for CUNY Students (STOCS) Scholarship. Inquire at the International Studies and Programs Office for information about STOCS. If you are a John Jay student, you can apply for the Study Abroad Scholarship at John Jay College. Contact Michael Scaduto for more information at 212-237-8872 or email him at

Further inforamtion: For more information, contact Prof. Luis Barrios at, Prof. Hernando Estevez at, Anderson Rosa at or Maureen Brady Coyle at


Applications and deadline:
Applications are available from the Office of International Studies and Programs, offices 1101-1105 North Hall or click here to download application.
Application deadline: Monday, March 18, 2013



Estimated Costs for Santo Domingo Program:

$ 1,258

Undergraduate Tuition (In State Tuition) **
$ 1,380 (6 Credits at $230/credit)

Graduate Tuition (In State Tuition) ** $ 1,090 (3 Credits at $365/credit)

Out-of-POCKET ( estimated, not included in program fee)
$ 600 Airfare
$ 10 Visa
$ 420 Dinner and weekend meals ($15 per day)

Estimated costs of attendance
$ 3,668 Total Cost for Undergraduate Student
$ 3,378 Total Cost for Graduate Student

Note that personal spending money is NOT calculated in this budget.

*Program fee includes: Transportation within Dominican Republic, housing, breakfast & lunch (Monday to Friday only), and health insurance.

**Tuition: Out of State students will be required to pay tuition at the out of state rate.