Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday, September 14. 2011

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

B Block Geography 12 - Today we'll move on to geographic spheres within the Earth system (the Lithosphere, the Atmosphere, and the Hydrosphere). After a few notes, you'll need 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 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. After, we'll begin our look at latitude, longitude, GPS, and GIS.

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll get to the stuff we didn't get to yesterday...dealing with 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.
Once this is done we'll turn our focus to the history of crime and law (looking at Hammurabi, the Mosaic Code and the development of Common Law in England).

D Block Social Studies 11- Today we'll look at the Legislative Branch of the Federal government in Canada starting with the House of Commons. You'll draw a simple form of the diagram below in your notebook and then I'll have three questions for you to answer:

  1. What is "Caucus" and what does it do?

  2. What is "Cabinet", what is "Cabinet Solidarity", what happens when you break "cabinet solidarity", how do you get to be a cabinet member, and identify three ministries covered in the federal cabinet?

  3. What is the "Official Opposition" and what do they do?

Here are some websites to help:
Current Canadian Ministry (Cabinet)
Privy Council Office: About Cabinet
Liberal Party of Canada Official Opposition Critics (Shadow Cabinet)

C Block Law 9/10 - Today we are going to 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 as you will be drawing what you think the typical victim of an assault looks like. I want you to think about STEREOTYPES...What would the stereotypical victim of an assault look like and behave like? An assault is any unwanted application of force so who would be the typical person in school that would be punched, shoved, or picked on? 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 you will also have a quiz on Tuesday. The quiz will be on the first four pages of your notebook (the topics we covered in Law 9/10 this week).

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