Northern Illinois University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Department of Sociology announce:
Orlando, Florida, January 6-11, 2013
Illinois Field Trips, January 02-May 11, 2013
Students will participate in an engaged learning field school which compares strategies and services available in the Northern Illinois area with those in Central Florida that increase local alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders, including such specialized programs as Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts and other Problem Solving Courts.
Due to the highly intensive nature of this course, students are expected to have completed substantial readings by the first session. The first portion of the course will consist of a theoretical and conceptual overview of the problem solving courts and restorative justice literature. We will apply basic sociological constructs to the real world of alternative sentencing.
Before traveling to Florida, students will participate in mandatory Mental Health First Aid Training which will be provided by Linden Oaks - Edward Hospital. Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Training will be held at the NIU-Naperville campus on Thursday, January 3 and Friday, January 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided.
The travel seminar in Florida occurs during the week of Jan 6-11, 2013, with a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers, and site visits to select organizations in Illinois and Florida. After returning from Florida, there will be several mandatory local visits scheduled in Illinois. Students will be expected to participate actively in one of several group research projects and present their group's findings in a formal report to the appropriate local service providers.
This year our applied research projects will be with the Kane County Court Services Adult Redeploy Illinois project and the Ogle County Juvenile Drug Court project. We will be assisting with the gathering of relevant criminal justice data, including current services offered, potential eligible populations, local governance issues, data collection and analysis capabilities, and estimated costs of alternatives to incarceration (e.g. specialty courts or probation programs).
Faculty Leader: Jack King, NIU faculty member and internship coordinator in the Department of Sociology since 1987.
Tentative Schedule of Visits (subject to adjustment and addition)
Most of the meetings and visits will take place prior to the beginning of the semester in Florida. Illinois visits will be scheduled to minimize conflict with other coursework and work and home life responsibilities. However the expectation is that substantial time will be allocated by the students to successfully complete the projects for the designated organizations.
Cudas Unhooked Homeless High School Program
Volusia County Adult Drug and Family Dependency Court
Volusia County Juvenile Drug Court
Volusia County Teen Court
City of Aurora, IL Youth Court
Cook County Prostitution Court
Kane County Courts
Escape the gray, winter days of Illinois in January at the Best Western Hotel and Suites in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, balconies offer a breathtaking view of the ocean where you can sip a cup of coffee while watching the sun rise or enjoy the activities on the beach. The Seascape Restaurant has the coast's best view of the ocean.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Orlando (Florida) International Airport (MCO). Ground transportation to and from the Best Western Hotel and Suites and MCO will be provided as part of the package. Please note that you should arrive at the MCO no later than 3 p.m., Sunday, January 6, 2013. Return ground transportation will arrive at MCO approximately 4 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2013.
Academic Credit Option
NIU students may register for 3 academic credits for this program. Students choosing this option should register for SOCI 395/395H through MyNIU. This is a permit-only course, for more information and/or a permit number, please contact Jack King at (815) 753-6440 or email@example.com. Graduate students may also be eligible for independent study credit by contacting one of the graduate faculty members in the Department of Sociology. Regular off-campus tuition and fees will be applied to your NIU bursar account and are in addition to the program travel fee.
Program Fee: Only $695 includes Florida and Illinois service organization visits, ground transportation for program-related activities in Florida and Illinois, five nights lodging in Florida (triple occupancy), and all breakfasts. Please note that round-trip transportation to/from Florida, lunches, dinners, and study materials arenot included in the program travel fee. The program fee does not include tuition and fees; you will be billed separately by the Bursar's office.
Please Note: NIU's fee for the package combines organization visits, accommodations, meals specified above, and program related ground transportation. Fee reduction(s) or refunds CANNOT be made for unused portions of the package. Round-trip transportation to/from Florida, lunches, dinners, and study materials arenot included in the program travel fee. The program travel fee does not include tuition and fees; you will be billed separately by the Bursar's office.
Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required with a completed registration form by Friday, December 7, 2012. A permit number will not be issued without full payment of the deposit. All program fees must be paid in full (no exceptions) by Monday, December 17, 2012.
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