Monday, December 16, 2013

Tuesday, December 17. 2013

Today's schedule is  C-AG-D-A-B

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we start our week long look at the Casey Anthony trial and media coverage in the United States. In June 2008 Casey's daughter Caylee went missing and was found dead later that December. Due to inconsistencies in her story, her delay in reporting her child missing, and increased public pressure and scrutiny, Casey was charged with Caylee's murder. A ferocious media storm ensued and Casey Anthony's trial was conducted both in a Florida courtroom and the national media in June 2011. After a month long trial, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse. She was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer, and sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

So this week we'll try to make sense of the crime (Casey Anthony), the media's coverage of the crime (particularly Nancy Grace), feminist perspectives on criminology, the bad mother motif, Schadenfreude, and the way fictional crime media repersented the story (Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit). Today, I'll give you a handout on the case and we'll go over it together. After that, I'll show you the Dateline episode above "The State vs. Casey Anthony" and we'll talk about it at the end of the video. Tomorrow will be Schadenfreude, HLN (Nancy Grace) and the commentary on that network's coverage of the case (including an excellent portion of the HBO series The Newsroom and skits from SNL). Thursday we'll look at feminist perspectives and the bad mother along with Law & Order Special Victim's Unit and on Friday we'll try to make sense of it all.

There are almost too many web pages dedicated to the Casey Anthony trial but to start with, take a look at:
Investigative Discovery "Casey Anthony: Mom or Murderer"
TruTV Crime Library Caylee Anthony
HLN Nancy Grace Essential Guide to the Casey Anthony Trial

D Block Law 12 - Today we have the class to continue working on our case study project; tomorrow and Thursday we will be back in the library. When we return from Christmas break we'll look at Intentional Torts and then shift our focus into family law.

A Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll continue our focus on violent crime looking at rape and sexual assault in Canada. We'll examine what a sexual assault is along with the three levels of sexual assault in Canadian Law. After I'd like you to focus on two questions: one on Groth's typology of rapist and the other on the causes for sexual assault.

1. Explain the three types of rapist according to Groth (anger, power, and sadistic)
2. Identify and explain the causes for sexual assault

You'll need to look at evolutionary and biological factors (remember Sigmund Freud's Thantos and Eros or instinctual drives that allowed species to be successful)? Look at modern male socialization (boys are taught to be aggressive, forceful, tough, and dominating...think about how boys play when they're young) and then at hypermasculinity (where some men have callous sexual attitudes and believe that violence is "manly"). Lastly consider both violent experiences (remember that those boys who were exposed to violence in the household are more likely to commit violent acts when they grow older) and sexual motivation (social, cultural, and psychological forces...think about the messages hidden in Axe body spray commercials).

For more info check out the following sites:
Teen Handbook on Sexual Assault (Sarnia Sexual Assault Survivor's Centre)
The Devastation of Sexual Assault (Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime)
Prevent Sexual Violence: Love Shouldn't Hurt Youth Zone
Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Centres
Consider the message that this commercial sends to people...

Now consider what the commercial indicates about sex in modern society. Who is the commercial targeted at and what are the sexual roles in the commercial. After you talk about this I'd like to share the CBC DocZone Documentary "Sext Up Kids" with you. The documentary exposes how growing up in a hyper-sexualized culture hurts our kids and sends the wrong messages that could potentially lead to sexual assaults. From the CBC site:

From tiny tots strutting bikini-clad bodies in beauty pageants to companies marketing itty-bitty thongs and padded bras to 9-year olds, images of ever-younger sexualized girls have become commonplace. Add to that: ever-younger boys with 24-7 access to hard-core internet porn. It saturates their lives - from skate parks to the school bus – by the time they’re eighteen, 80 percent of boys are watching porn online.

So we'll watch the documentary and use information from it to help with our blog entry from yesterday.

B Block Social Studies 10 - Since we didn't get to it yesterday, we'll discuss the numbered treaties on the Prairies and the Indian Act. I'll give you a few notes on the impact of the treaties and the Indian Act and then we'll look at the North West Mounted Police. It is important to note that in 1885 John A. Macdonald said of the Metis "If they are half-breed, they are [considered by the government to be] white". This meant that the Metis were not covered under the Indian Act and were not entitled to "Indian Status" and therefore did not have the same rights until the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the rights of the Metis in 2003. For more on the Numbered treaties and the Indian Act see:
Canada in the Making
U of C Numbered Treaties
Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
CBC Numbered Treaties Background
The Canadian Encyclopedia: The Indian Act
Henderson's Annotated Indian Act

Your work today is to complete questions 1 & 2 from page 173 along with questions 1, 2, and 3 from page 180 of the Horizons text.

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