Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday, January 8. 2012

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

C Block Crime, Media & Society 12 - This week we'll take a look at crime waves, moral panics and the media with a special focus today on age (specifically youth). We’ll look at the way the media turns “ordinary” criminal events into extraordinary criminal “panics”. This happens when the Mass Media (usually led by the press) defines a group or an act as deviant and focuses on it to the exclusion of almost anything else. This then focuses the public’s negative attention on the group or act and demonizes people associated with it.

When it comes to crime, young people are often lumped into one of two contradictory categories:
1. Tragic Victims or 2. Evil Monsters. We'll look at the media's portrayal of young tragic victims and evil monsters using the 1993 U.K. murder of James Bulger. The media's coverage of this case radically altered the view of childhood in the United Kingdom in an overwhelmingly negative fashion and is a "watershed" in terms of youth justice and the attitude towards children.

TruTV - Death of James Bulger
BBC News - Every Parent's Nightmare
We'll try to make sense of how the media covers youth criminals and victims and see what local examples we can look at (Reena Virk and Kimberley Proctor are two)

D Block Social Studies 11 - Today the focus for the class is on demography and  population. Yesterday I handed out a photocopied package of information and we talked about fertility (crude birth rates) and mortality (crude death rates). Today we'll examine the RNI (rate of natural increase), the demographic transition model and population pyramids. I'll have you work on Thinking Critically questions 1-5 on page 326 along with Reading a Graph questions 1-3 on page 327 of the Counterpoints textbook today.

B Block Geography 12 - Today we will continue our work on climatology. You will need to finish up the climate description activity from yesterday and questions 9, 14, and 19 from page 326 in your Geosystems text. After we'll look at how climate graphs are created and interpreted and then begin work on drawing and interpreting two climate graphs (Bahia, Brazil and Yuma, Arizona). For help on how to draw climate graphs see:
Climate Graphs
Interpreting Climate Graphs

A Block Law 12 - Since we were in the library yesterday...we'll look at intentional torts focusing on trespass to property and trespass to person (assault and battery & false imprisonment) along with defences to these intentional torts (consent, self-defence, defence of a third party, defence of property, legal authority, and necessity). We'll also look at defamation of character and strict liability in civil law. This gets us to the end of the torts unit in Law 12.
Duhaime Tort and Personal Law Dictionary
Saskatchewan Schools Law 30 Intentional Tort on line unit
Spark Notes on Intentional Torts
Personal Injury Intentional Tort website
Tomorrow we'll begin our look at family law. The following are library dates for you to work on your project: Friday, January 11; Tuesday, January 15; Friday, January 18; Monday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 23.

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