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Drexel Spring Break in Germany & Czech Republic: Legacies of Nazi-era Policing
Munich, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Class Eligibility:
Freshman, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:

The Program Crim Justice Nazi era

Take a walk through Munich, Germany to witness the birthplace of the Nazi party and the dawn of the Third Reich. Then see for yourself how this resilient and pragmatic city recovered from its darkest days to become one of the most vibrant and livable modern cities in Europe, while retaining the best parts of its Old World architecture and Bavarian history. And yet, close inspection will show where the remnants of its Nazi past survive in surprisingly public places. Travel to the medieval city of Nuremberg to experience the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the never-fully-completed Congress Hall. Spend the day exploring the Documentation Center, one of the most comprehensive museums of Third Reich Germany. Continue on to Prague — widely regarded as a jewel of Eastern Europe — to explore a city that was occupied by the SS during World War II, "liberated" by the Russians in 1945, only to become a “protectorate” of the Soviet Union, closed to much of the world by the Iron Curtain. Soviet tanks put down a demonstration for democracy in 1968 at the height of the Cold War, during which Prague was subjected to Soviet “justice” until the Velvet Revolution of 1989 shined a new light onto this resilient city.

For a visual taste of this program, watch this program video from Spring Break 2014.

Program Highlights Include:

-Marianplatz in MunichCrim Justice Castle
-Haufbrau House in Munich
-Dachaue Concentration Camp
-Nuremberg Nazi Party Rally Grounds
-Nuremberg Documentation Center
-Charles Bridge - Prague
-Prague Castle
-Prague Museum of Kommunism
-Prague Jewish Quarter and Old Jewish Cemetery

The Academics

Credit: Students will be registered for CJS 380 The Legacies of Nazi-era Policing and Soviet-era Justice, 3 credits as part of their spring 2015 course load. There are no  pre-requisites for this class. Click to view the academic assignments  for this program.

Instructor: This program is led by Professor Dr. Robert J. Kane, Director of Drexel’s Program in Criminology and Justice Studies. Dr. Kane’s expertise include democratic policing, police authority & accountability, and comparative justice systems.

Program Calendar

Prior to departure, students are required to attend an introduction/preparatory session during winter term. Details TBD.

Departure: March 20; Arrival: March 21, 2015
Return: March 28, 2015
*Students may choose to extend their travel with days before/after the scheduled program, but must arrange independently.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday):
Morning arrival in Munich. Train to hotel for check-in.  Orientation walking tour of Marianplatz. Lunch on the square. Introductory discussion of the rise of the Nazi party. Free time to explore, then eat a relatively early dinner at Haufbrau House. Back to the hotel for evening.
Day 2 (Sunday):
Weather permitting, walk through English Garden down to Marionplatz. Depart from Central Station to the village of Dachau. From Dachau station, catch bus to KZ Dachau. While there, participate in discussion of how Hitler created the Nazi police state. Take bus and train back to Munich.
Day 3 (Monday): 
Morning: Walking tour: "Legacy of Third Reich Symbolism in Munich." End in Marianplatz, free afternoon and dinner. 
Day 4 (Tuesday):
Check out of hotel, take a chartered bus to Nuremberg. Spend several hours exploring the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Documentation Center (museum). Board bus and continue to Prague. Check into Hotel. 
Day 5 (Wednesday):
Take a morning orientation tour of Prague. Lunchtime discussion of the Nazi occupation of Prague. Visit Jewish Quarter and Old Jewish Cemetery. 
Day 6 (Thursday):
Tour Prague Castle in the morning. Lunch at riverside restaurant. Participate in discussion of non-democratic policing during the Soviet Era. Free late afternoon and dinner.
Day 7 (Friday):
Visit Museum of Communism. Make sure to ride the Prague Metro. Free afternoon, farewell dinner on The Terrace.
Day 8 (Saturday):
Travel to airport for morning departure from Prague.

2015 Program Fee: $970

--Due Nov 1st: $25 application fee + $500 Advance Payment
--Due Jan 1st: $470 Final Payment
--All program fee payments are only refundable if student is not accepted or program cancels due to low enrollment.

Included in Program Fee:Crim Justice Munich

--Hotel accommodations in Munich and Prague
--All ground transportation overseas including subways, trains, busses, and airport transfers
--Charter bus from Munich to Prague
--Breakfast daily
--Welcome dinner (first night in Munich)
--Closing dinner (final night in Prague)
--Admission to cultural heritage sites and museums

Estimated Expenses Not Included in Program Fee:
--Roundtrip airfare ($1300)
--Lunches and most dinners ($250)
--Emergency Insurance ($36)
--Passport ($140)
--Spending Money ($150)
--Non-US citizens may be required to apply for a visa
**Students will be provided a suggested flight itinerary with arrival into Munich and departure from Prague

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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