Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday, November 7. 2011

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

A Block Criminology 12 - This is is the last day for you in Criminology 12. Today, we finish our seminar discussions on the topics you've been researching. Thank you to everyone who has presented so far and I am really looking forward to seeing what Criminological topic you're going to share with the class today. When we are finished, we'll quickly look at social order crimes. I'll remind you that we already looked at the difference between what is deviant and what is criminal and this topic covers crimes that straddle the line between the two. We'll look at the legal definition of "obscenity" so that we can understand the difference between the subjective and objective beliefs of obscenity. Immoral acts are distinguished from crimes on the basis of the social harm they cause. Acts that are believed to be extremely harmful to the general public are usually outlawed, whereas acts that only the harm the actor themselves are more likely to be tolerated. Acts that are illegal because they are viewed as a threat to morality are called public order crimes. People who lobby hard for their morals to become law are called moral entrepreneurs or crusaders. Think about Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD). From Craig Reinarman's article Social Construction of an Alcohol Problem:
The credibility of MADD, especially at its outset, was impeccable. The parents of children who have been killed in drunk-driving accidents are exceptionally strong symbols. There are few groups of victims who can inspire as much sympathy and adherence as the grieving mother. And this is one of the central foundations of MADD's success. The organisation was started in August of 1980 in Sacramento, California by a woman named Candy Lightner whose daughter had been killed by a hit-and-run drunk driver with multiple DUI (driving under the influence) convictions some 4 months prior. During the criminal proceedings Lightner was appalled by the apparent leniency and lack of concern demonstrated by the justice system towards drunk drivers and the rights of the victim. The campaign began with her tireless lobbying in the initial months and a strong push to make drunk driving a political issue where it had previously not been.

The power of moral entrepreneurs can be quite strong and we'll see that today.

B Block Geography 12 - Today 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 Thursday.
Great Sand Dune National Park Colorado, U.S.A.

Remember we talked about about what used to be under the Saharan desert sands? Check out the image and article on Visible Earth about ancient riverbeds below the Saharan sands and also Check out the article here about "lost" cities found underneath the Libyan desert

C Block Law 9/10 - Today is the last day of Law. We'll finish the Bones episode that we started last Friday, we'll wrap up the course and you'll need to hand in your URL for your forensic science web page project today.

D Block Social Studies 11 - Today we are back in the library to finish work on a World War One poster assignment. Although the cost in lives was great, the First World War helped transform Canada into a modern industrial nation with international standing. So, in a poster you need to assess and explain the Political, Economic, Social and Cultural changes to Canada, from the outset to the end of the First World War. Your over riding question is: What effect did Canada’s participation in the First World War have on Canadian society and its status as a nation?
Don't forget to use both print and digital resources for your poster. The Canadian War Museum has a very good online exhibit of Canada in World War One - here.

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