Thursday, September 26, 2013

Friday, September 27. 2013

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

D Block Law 12 & C Block Criminology 12 - This morning you do not have class as it is post-secondary liaison day here at Vanier. There will be representatives from the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, Trinity Western University, Royal Military College, North Island College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology here at the school (along with a few others).

If you are interested VIU offers a Bachelor of Arts major and minor in Criminology, NIC offers a Criminology Diploma, while Camosun offers a Diploma in Criminal Justice.  Other Criminology options include Victoria's Royal Roads University (B.A. in Justice Studies), Burnaby's Simon Fraser University (B.A. in Criminology), Surrey's Kwantlen Polytechnic University (B.A. in Community Criminal Justice), and Abbotsford's University of the Fraser Valley (B.A. in Criminal Justice). The three Law schools in British Columbia are the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Thompson Rivers University. You can also find more information about careers in Law from the Law Society of British Columbia.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today I'd like you to use all of the geographic work we've looked at, as well as the text, and try to answer the following:

"How has Geography shaped the culture of Canada?"

This is a big question and I really want you to try hard to think like a geographer here. Thinking like a geographer is thinking spatially in a systems manner. This involves looking for patterns, relationships and connections in order to comprehend large, complex self regulating systems. So what patterns, relationships and connections exist between people and places that help to shape Canada today?

In order to help with the question above, I will have the Over Canada  video on for you to watch; WARNING it's a bit cheezy with overdramatic monologues extolling the wonders of the country and its regions. The video is, nonetheless, really good to show the country especially if you've not been to the locations it shows.

A Block Law 9/10 - Today I'll have you watch a Fifth Estste episode called the Unrepentant, from the CBC Fifth Estate website...

They are marked by their ability to kill without passion and without remorse. Some are called psychopaths - a term that evokes nightmare images of murderers and monsters. But the label can also apply to men and women who are successful, intelligent, charismatic, charming and amusing - and so all the more dangerous. This week on the fifth estate, Linden MacIntyre looks at what makes a psychopath through the fifth estate's close encounters with of four of Canada's most frightening criminals.

The fifth estate begins with "Lightning" Lee, a former kick-boxer who brutally victimized women and children who was described as a "textbook psychopath." The other criminals MacIntyre takes on didn't outwardly seem to be the type - the respected commander of an air force base, Russell Williams; and Karla Homolka, who convinced police and a psychiatrist she was a victim, even though she helped her husband assault and kill young girls, including her own younger sister. Finally, MacIntyre revisits the harrowing story of two teenaged friends who conspired to murder one of their families and were caught in a controversial RCMP sting. They are all disordered personalities, whose lack of empathy and shame inspires both fear and fascination.

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