Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24. 2012

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

C Block Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our look at weather, the best topic ever! Like every day in our unit, we'll start by looking at the synoptic chart for North America and begin to understand weather station plots. The two sites we'll use are the Weather Office (Environment Canada) and Data Streme. For the rest of the class we'll look at the composition and vertical structure of the atmosphere focusing on the bottom two layers (Troposphere and Stratosphere) through this we'll complete the Atmosphere in the Vertical activity along with a few questions on the atmosphere. I'm so excited to be starting weather! Hail, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes are four on "the list" get ready, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll get to the stuff we didn't get to last week...dealing with 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.

This is all connected to the difference between crime and deviance. 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). We'll learn what Actus Reus, Mens Rea, Mala in Se and Mala Prohibitum mean along with taking a look at the differences between Indictable, Summary Conviction and Absolute Liability Offences. We'll see what defenses you can use and what the goals of criminal law are for society. You'll need to work on question at the end of class and then tomorrow we'll discuss crime trends and how we tabulate crime statistics (UCR, PRVS, Self-Reports). The question at the end of the class is...

In order to stay safe from crime, would you want to live in a country that has harsh penalties that are swift, certain, and severe or would you be willing to risk crime being done to you and not have harsh penalties for criminals that are swift, certain, and severe? Why?

 A Block Social Studies 11 - To start the class today I'd like to quickly review Japanese internment here in BC with you andd give you a bit of time to work on questions 1 a & b from page 127. After this we'll take some time to talk about the Holocaust during the Second World War in Europe. We'll talk about the Wannsee Conference in January 1942, after which the Nazis began the systematic deportation of Jews from all over Europe to six extermination camps established in former Polish territory -- Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Majdanek. We'll then watch two sections of the movie Schindler's List. The first section we'll watch is the liquidation of the ghetto in Krakow by the Nazi Einsatzgruppen. The second section we'll watch is when a group of women are taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Hopefully we'll have some time to talk about the sections afterwards.

B Block Law 12 - Today we'll talk about bail and pre-trial release and finish our pre-trial section of Criminal Law. I'll go through this with you and then I'd like you to work on questions 2, 4, and 5 from page 178 and together as a class we'll talk about question 7 from page 179 as a class: The plea negotiation has become the primary means of dispensing justice in Canada. It is effective, both for accused criminals looking to minimize their punishment and for prosecutors coping with the torrent
of cases sloshing through the courts. Is it morally correct to trade the legal rights guaranteed by the Charter for convenience and cost savings
? This question deals with Plea Bargains in Criminal Law and will connect to the Law & Order video that we watch this Friday (based loosely on the Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka case in Ontario...more to come)

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