Thursday, September 5, 2013

Friday, September 6. 2013

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

A Block Law 9/10 - Today I want you to continue with our Crime Theories activity. I gave you a handout on Economic exclusion and Social exclusion and we read a fictional story about "Suzanne". Today, I'd like you to identify the factors that led her to a life of crime. The second part to the handout was on Classical, Biological, Sociological and Interactionist crime theory. In this activity I'd like you to evaluate them (what you like about them and what you disagree with them about)...don't worry we'll go through them together in class today. After, you'll have to complete part two of today's assignment - this means you need to create your own theory of why crime happens. Remember you need to use the brainstormed list we did in class along with part one of the assignment (analysis of classical, biological, sociological, and interactionist theories). I'll place more info on the blog tomorrow but for more help check out the Crime Theory Web Site found on this link.

B Block  Social Studies 10 - Today we'll look at latitude, longitude, and time zones. We'll brainstorm some class notes together on the topic. We'll also spend some time on Google Earth (right now I'm sitting at 49 degrees 42 minutes 32.62 seconds North and 124 degrees 59 minutes 51.09 seconds west). After this we will work in the Geographic Understandings book (they're the green geography books in the class). You'll need to complete the following questions on latitude & longitude, map grids, direction, and distance:

1.Page 3 and 4 questions 2, 3, 4, & 5a
2.Page 7 questions 1, 2, 3 and 4

Take a look at the following websites for help with time zones:
Time for Time
Time and Date
From Stargazers to Starships
NOVA: The Search for Longitude

Royal Astronomical Society Calgary: Latitude and Longitude
US National Atlas - Latitude and Longitude 

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll start with a brief history of criminology (from B.C.E up to and including the current theories). For Monday, you need to create your own theory of why crime happens. Remember you need to use the brainstormed list we did in class along with the notes you take today on the history of Criminology. Use the Crime Theory Web Site found on this link. To start next week, we'll look at the difference between deviance and criminal behaviour (acts that are criminal but not deviant and deviant but not criminal) and the three views on crime (interactionist, consensus, conflict).

D Block Law 12 - OK since we didn't get to it yesterday...we'll jump in to our Introduction to Law unit by taking down a few notes on the five functions of law and the divisions of Public (criminal, constitutional, and administrative) and Private law (tort, family, contract, property, and labour law). Lastly we'll take a look at the differences between Substantive and Procedural Law.

Your assignment afterwards will be to look up the penalties for a law (in the Canadian Criminal Code) that you disagree with and explain why we should have stronger or lighter penalties for this law. Consider "Mischief"

C.C. 430. (1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully
(a) destroys or damages property;
(b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;
(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or
(d) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.

(2) Every one who commits mischief that causes actual danger to life is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.

So if you are protesting the removal of old growth trees in a location and hammer spikes into trees then you are endangering the life of fallers (who would use chainsaws and chainsaws don't mix well with metal spikes)...that means you're eligible for life in prison much the same as if you tampered with someone's break lines in their car. Is that sentence too harsh or too light? Why? that's an example of what I'd like you to consider. You may use the pocket criminal codes in class or may use the computer to check the statutes on line.

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