Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wednesday, September 11. 2013

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

Today's classes are shortened for the first PLC/X Block day of the year. You'll be dismissed at 1:45 this afternoon and the buses will be arriving early to take you home.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Today we'll continue with our work in the Geographic Understandings book (they're the green geography books in the class). Today I'm going to ask you to draw two maps for me, so you'll need to work through questions 1 and 2 from page 21. Read the descriptions and then draw both maps...The Natural Resources Canada website Toporama is a great resource to understand topographic map basics. Check out their Tips and Hints site here. There is a good tutorial on building topographic profiles on the Idaho State University Department of Geosciences website here. There's also a great tutorial here as well. Topographic Map symbols can be found here.

After this we'll go through what the Five Themes of Geography are (part of the map conventions handout that you got last week).

A Block Law 9/10 - Today you have the class work on the following assignment: Every day we have specific routines we engage in. Many of these routines are tailored to preventing us from becoming victims of crime. We do things like lock our doors, watch where we walk at night, or avoid walking alone. We take these actions because at some level we are afraid of the possibility of being a victim of crime. Despite taking these actions people often fall prey to crime in Canada.

Is there a “typical” victim of crime? I would like you to explain and draw the typical victim of that crime now. I want you to think about STEREOTYPES...What would the stereotypical victim of an assault look like and behave like? An assault is any unwanted application of force so who would be the typical person in school that would be punched, shoved, or picked on? You will need to keep in mind the demographic statistics about victims and the factors that add to the risks of being a victim. This will be due on Friday. You will need to look at the following factors when determining who might be a target for violent crime in Canada:

• Gender
• Age
• Social Status (wealth and social cohorts)
• Relationship status
• Behaviour / Demeanour
• Location

So there are two things you need to accomplish:

A) Identify the characteristics listed above of the most likely victim of that crime (you may cheat and look in the course handout/booklet I gave you to see some characteristics - look at page 4)

B) Draw what you believe the typical victim of the violent crime, that you chose, to look like (11 x 17 paper will be provided for you).

D Block Law 12 - Yesterday we ended with case citations and looked at  R. v. Kerr, 2004, and Grant v. Dempsey, 2001. Today, we'll discuss the "rule of law" and quickly review the Social Studies 11 topics of our constitution and how laws are made. I'll have you work on questions from page 21 of the All About Law textbook: Question 2 How did the English common law system develop? Question 3 How is the rule of precedent used in today’s system of law? and Question 5 Explain the significance of statute law as a source of law?

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we will 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. Today, we'll examine where we get our information about trends in crime (UCR, PRVS, Self-Reports). We'll look at the BC Crime trends from 1998 - 2007 and then we'll talk about the disparity (difference) between the public perception of violent crime and the actual rates of violent crime in Canada. This will set us up for our first blog entry on Monday.
UVIC Study on Violent, Property and Drug crime rates in BC

Some people think that since there is so much crime happening they feel the need to take on crime themselves. There are some costumed "super-hero" vigilantes in Seattle - members of the Rain City Superhero Movement. Check out the Seattle PI article on them here. You can see the article on "Phoenix" Jones with pictures here. You can check out the article and video from Good Morning America on Phoenix Jones broken nose here. You can watch the Young Turks video on the Rain City Superheroes here.

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