Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

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

B- Social Studies 10 - Today we will continue working on the Explorers Map that we started yesterday. The map is due on Monday so try to accomplish as much as you can today. I'll photocopy pictures of the explorers but if you're at home here are a few:

A Great website to use is the Library & Archives of Canada "Pathfinders & Passageways" site

A - Social Studies 11 - Today we are in the library for our last day to work on the Dictatorship for Dummies project. This assignment is due on Monday and you will have no more computer room nor class time to work on it.

C - Criminology 12 - Today I want to continue with our look at the nature vs. nurture debate that we started yesterday again focusing on the history of psychological and sociological criminology. We'll look at the difference between deviance and criminal behaviour (acts that are criminal but not deviant and deviant but not criminal). What is deviant behaviour? A simple explanation of deviant behaviour could be any action that violates cultural norms (formal norms like laws - or informal norms like nose picking). This is a difficult concept because what an individual or sub culture in society defines as deviant is contextually situated (meaning what I think is deviant may be different for you; it is subjective - influenced by personal considerations).

Take smoking in public. You may think that this behaviour is acceptable because an individual has the choice to consume a cigarette and they are merely harming problem right? You may, however, think this behaviour is unacceptable. Second-hand smoke is hurtful to others because they could be harmed by someone else's behaviour. So what is deviant in many cases is subjective. What is criminal is the codification of what a society as a whole deems as deviant. Homicide is criminal because as a society we believe that taking another life is unacceptable and deviates from the accepted cultural norm that we wish our country to be like.

So using the text and your brains you need to come up with a list of things that are deviant but not criminal and a list of things that are criminal but not deviant. After you'll need to take one act from either list and explain why it should be criminalized or why it should be decriminalized.

If there's time we'll look at the three perspectives of how criminologists view crime (interactionist, consensus, conflict).

Don't forget for Monday you need to create your own theory of why crime happens. You need to use the brainstormed list we did in class along with the notes you take today on the history of Criminology. Use the Crime Theory Web Site found on this link. Tuesday we'll look at the difference between deviance and criminal behaviour (acts that are criminal but not deviant and deviant but not criminal) and the three views on crime (interactionist, consensus, conflict).
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