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Florida Field School

Florida Portion: January 7-12, 2007

Jack King Seminar Coordinator

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This is the ninth year for this popular, intensely interactive field school. This year’s topic is Perspectives of Juvenile Justice. It will be led by Jack King from the Department of Sociology with co-facilitators Deanna Cada, Executive Director of the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau and Keri Nelson, juvenile probation officer and Mentoring Coordinator from DeKalb County Court Services. Students will participate in a field school, which compares strategies used in the 15th and 16th Judicial Circuits of Illinois to strategies used in the Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami metropolitan areas for addressing juvenile crime and to reduce the number of juveniles entering the criminal justice system. Students will have an opportunity to observe and participate in projects designed to impact on juvenile justice programs in a meaningful way. Due to the highly intensive nature of this course, students are expected to have completed substantial readings by the first session. This course includes a travel seminar with a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers, and site visits to selected organizations in Illinois and Florida. Students will be expected to participate actively in one of several group projects and present their group’s findings in a formal report to the appropriate ”County Juvenile Justice Council” and local service providers. In addition to the Florida travel portion of the course, there will be several mandatory local visits scheduled in Illinois.

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Seminar cost is $1300, which includes course costs for three semester hours of undergraduate credit, instruction, field visits, and ground transportation for course-related activities in Florida, five nights lodging with three person occupancy. Cost does not include round-trip transportation to Florida, meals not already listed, books, or personal items. This is a permit-only field school. You will not receive a bill for this course from the Bursar’s Office. Instead, payment must be made directly to the Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming office located in the William R. Monat Building, Room 152, 148 N. 3rd St., in downtown DeKalb (at the corner of Third and Locust Streets). To reserve your space, you must complete the form and submit it with your deposit of $150 to LA&S External Programming by December 2, 2006. The rest of the payment must be received in full by December 18, 2006. Your space is guaranteed when LA&S External Programming receives your full payment.

Important Information

  • Seminar cost of $1300, which includes housing in Florida from January 7-12, 2007, five breakfasts at the Holiday Inn in Boynton Beach, local transportation for course activities in Florida, instruction, three hours of undergraduate academic credit, and participation in site visits.
  • Students must pay for their own lunches and dinners, personal expenses, and round-trip travel to Florida.
  • Enrollment limited to 16 students.
  • Students must be in good academic standing and eligible to enroll in SOCI 495 or SOCI 495H during the spring 2007 term. (Students must be in honors to enroll in SOCI 495H.)
  • A deposit of $150 is required with registration.
  • December 2, 2006: Registration and deposit deadline.
  • December 18, 2006: Payment in full is due.