Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wednesday, November 20. 2013

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

B Block Social Studies 10
- Today I'll need you to work through questions 1-4 on page 149. After a bit, we'll take a look at the Metis, Louis Riel, William McDougall, Thomas Scott, the Metis Bill of Rights and the Red River Rebellion of 1869-1870. I'll show you two Canada: A People's History episodes, give you a few notes on the background to the Rebellion and then I have five questions you need to answer:
  1. Who were the National Committee of the Metis and what were their goals?
  2. Who was William McDougall and what conflict did he get involved in at the Red River?
  3. What is a "provisional government" and why did Riel establish one?
  4. What was the Metis Bill of Rights (list out the 5 points the text addresses). Was this Bill reasonable? Why or why not?
  5. What was the Thomas Scott affair? How did it affect both the Metis and the the settlers in the Red River? How did the Canadian government respond?

A Block Criminology 12 - Today I have one question for you to answer but first, we'll look at 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.

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 defences you can use and what the goals of criminal law are for society. Tomorrow we'll discuss crime trends and how we tabulate crime statistics (UCR, PRVS, Self-Reports).

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?

D Block Law 12 - Yesterday we talked about juries and I asked you to complete questions 1 & 4 on page 194 of the All About Law text. Today After we'll focus on the presentation of evidence (Crown first then Defence), the rules of evidence (including voire dire), and types of evidence (circumstantial, hearsay, privileged, and character). I'll have you work on questions 1, 2 and 4 from page 200 as well as questions 1, 2 and 3 from page 207 of the All About Law text

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today you'll have time to work through your media consumption activity connected to the handout I gave you last Friday and that we looked at yesterday. Don't forget that over the next week we'll look at Mass Media Theories and Media Literacy. Also don't forget that for Friday I'd like you to evaluate your own personal consumption of media and try to figure out all the various forms of media that you consume for one day...yep everything in 24 hours.

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