Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 42 - Tuesday November 9. 2010

D - Geography 12 - Today I'll quickly review yesterday's work on glaciers with you and show you some Google Earth footage of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. Check out the directions to the Comox Glacier hike here or here. After, we will look at deserts and desert environments. We'll see what Tim & Moby have to say about deserts and we'll analyze the different types of deserts. I'll show you the Namib desert and the Skeleton Coast and then you'll define alluvial fan, playa, yardang, and sand dune. You'll have a question on desertification and there are some good websites to help here:

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
USGS Desertification page
Green Facts Scientific page on Desertification

If there's time we'll watch the Planet Earth video on Deserts. Do not forget that you have a unit final test on Monday.

C - Law 12 - Today we will begin our look at criminal law defenses focusing on alibi and self-defense and I'll give you a few notes on both defenses. Next, we'll watch a video on the Kenneth Parks homicidal somnambulism case (sleepwalking murder R. v. Parks, 1992). There is a great read on TruTV (used to be called Court TV) about the case. It is interesting to note that the same defense was attempted in Arizona in 1999....it failed. You can read about the case involving Scott Falater who stabbed his wife 44 times and claimed he was sleepwalking here. Tomorrow we'll look at automatism as a defense as well as intoxication, legal duty and excusable conduct. Friday we'll look at mental disorder and I'll stream Bus 1170 on line for you to watch. More on that Friday.

A - Introduction to Law 9/10 - Welcome to Introduction to Law, also known as Law & Order: Vanier and sometimes known as CSI: Vanier. This term class is a very short but exciting look at criminal law in Canada. The course is organized much like an episode of Law & Order. The first two weeks of the course deal with criminological studies (the study of crime - we will focus on why crime is committed). The next month of the class deals with criminal forensics and detective investigation. The last three weeks of the class deal with the "order" component of Law & Order where we'll follow the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing for crimes committed. Each week we spend Monday in the Library either doing some research on a specific topic or preparing our major project. We also spend each Friday watching an episode of of CSI, Law & Order, Cold Case Files, Millennium, Criminal Minds, or Forensic Files (but there's always a question about what you watch). There are only 41 classes in the term so attendance and keeping on top of your work are crucial elements of a successful grade in the class. Today I want you to brainstorm a list of all the reasons you can think why someone would commit a crime and we'll collect all of your ideas on the board for a discussion.

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