Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Today's schedule is D-C-Lunch-A-B

C - Criminology 12 - Today we will continue on with the causes of crime activity we began yesterday. This should take us through to the end of class today and I'll have your blog assignment up on the board for you today (personal theory of crime activity). Tomorrow we'll go through the history of criminology and discuss the difference between deviance and criminal behaviour.

A - Social Studies 11 - Today we will look at the five themes of geography culminating with the concept of a region. Next, we'll try to figure out what is regionalism and how it causes challenges to Canada as a country. I will be posing a critical challenge question to you based on our discussion of regionalism.

"In BC we have more in common with someone from Seattle or San Francisco than we do with someone from Saskatoon or St. John's. What is good for BC is not necessarily what is good for Saskatchewan or Newfoundland and Labrador. We are more concerned with hospital beds in Kelowna, stumpage fees for trees pulled out of Clayoquot, schools closing in Vancouver, ferry costs from the Island and wether the Canucks will make the playoffs. We're more concerned about BC than what's east of the Rockies. The same could be said for southern Ontarians, Quebecois, Albertans, Maritimers, Newfoundlanders, and people of other regional areas. Canada isn't a country, it's a patchwork of self concerned regions so much so that Canada doesn't make sense as a country. Now tell me I'm wrong and tell me why."

B- Social Studies 10 - Today we'll continue drawing our large scale mental maps of Canada in partners. You need to include as much detail about the political geography (provinces/territories/borders/capitals) and physical geography (lakes/oceans/mountains/rivers/islands) as you can. When we finish, we'll share our maps and discuss why it is difficult to conceptualize and graphically represent our country. In the time remaining we'll begin a lab exercise on latitude, longitude, and time zones. We'll finish that activity tomorrow and start looking at the five themes of geography.

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