Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday, September 13. 2011

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

C Block Law 9/10 - Today we are going to finish our look at the biological and sociological reasons for crime. After, we'll talk about the victims of crime. Crime Victimization is a huge area of study in Criminology and we'll try to make sense of some victim statistics. You'll need to bring your coloured pencils tomorrow as you will be drawing what you think the typical victim of an assault looks like. You will need to keep in mind the demographic statistics about victims and the factors that add to the risks of being a victim. This will be due on Friday and then you will have a quiz on Monday. The quiz will be on the first four pages of your notebook (the topics we covered in Law 9/10 this week).

D Block Social Studies 11- Yesterday we continued our look at the government structure by focusing on our Federal system of governance. We'll start today by going through your definitions from the end of yesterday's class, then we'll begin looking at the "Division of Powers" and then we'll finish our look at Federalism with challenges to it (think regionalism from yesterday). We'll take a diagram down about the structure of our government and then we'll look at the legislative branch of government. No homework tonight!

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll start by looking at the work from yesterday - the difference between deviance and criminal behaviour (acts that are criminal but not deviant and deviant but not criminal). I'll have you share your ideas together as a class and then you can hand in your work on deviance and criminality. Next, we'll take a few notes down on important people in Criminology (Beccaria & Utilitarianism; Lombroso & biological positivism; Durkheim and social structures; and Marx and conflict) and then we'll look at the three perspectives of how criminologists view crime:

Consensus = the belief that the majority of citizens in society share common values and agree on what behaviours should be defined as criminal.

Conflict = the belief that criminal behaviour is defined by those in a position of power to protect and advance their own self-interest.

Interactionist = the belief that those with social power are able to impose their values on society as a whole, and these values then define criminal behaviour.

B Block Geography 12 - Today we move on to systems and spheres. This is an important class as everything we look at in geography will be through the lens of systems science. We'll look at systems, feedback, equilibrium, and thresholds. After, we'll move on to geographic spheres within the Earth system (the Lithosphere, the Atmosphere, and the Hydrosphere). Your homework will be to look at figure 1.8 (p.13) and figure 1.9 (p.14) in the Geosystems book and try to interpret the relationships amongst the four spheres as a result of humans burning fossil fuels. If you're having trouble with this consider the carbon cycle (pages 634-5 in text) or look at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/CarbonCycle/. You could also look at Annenberg Media's "The Habitable Planet" Carbon Cycling website.
for more help with positive and negative feedback loops take a look at Chapter 2 of Gerry Martin's on line Human Ecology textbook.

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