Monday, March 13, 2017

Tuesday, March 14. 2017

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

C Block Social Studies 11 - Today we are going to finish the Laurier Era work we started yesterday on attitudes and commonly held beliefs for Canadians in the Laurier Era (population of 5,301,000 British 58%, French 31% and Other 11% -Italian, Irish, Eastern European, First Nations, Japanese & Chinese). Simply put we were a predominantly White, British, Anglican, Rural, Labourer, Uneducated society. In addition we were a Dominion (in essence a colony) of the British Empire and as such were insular (inward looking – isolationist) and proud of it so there were challenges to the First Nations, African Canadian and Asian Canadian populations (not to mention the different ethnicities from Europe that weren't British too). For the remainder of the class we'll take a look at the changes to the economy of Canada in the early 20th Century. We'll talk about advances in technology and the resource extraction economy. We'll talk about unions and the gap between wealth and poverty. I'll need you to finish up yesterday's questions on assimilation of aboriginal culture, restrictions on Asian immigration, and fear over the changes to Canadian culture - which are questions 1-4 on page 13 (look through pages 9-12 in the Counterpoints textbook).

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll discuss murder and homicide. We'll discuss the divisions of murder in Canada (1st and 2nd degree and manslaughter), the extent of murder in Canada, and murderous relations (acquaintance and stranger homicide). After, we'll try to make sense of mass and serial murder and I'd like you to:

Explain the types of serial and mass murderer along with the reasons why they commit these crimes.

You can find the answers to this in the work of Jack Levin and James Alan Fox "Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Mass Murder". The summary of their work is on pages 209 and 210 of the textbook in the Criminological Enterprise section. For more info look at the work of John Douglas (former FBI profiler) on mindhunter.com (look in the article section and there is a great read entitled "So, you want to become a profiler..."). To better understand the people that commit heinous acts of murder, we'll also review what a "psychopath" is. Too often people throw the term psycho around without really understanding what it means so we'll look at Dr. Robert Hare's PCL-R (Psychopathy Checklist Revised). The diagnosis "Psychopath" is closely related to Antisocial Personality Disorder in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition).

A Block Introduction to Law 9/10 - I have the library booked so that you may work on the Clue Us In crime scene investigation project. Pl;ease note that your library time is coming to a close so please don't waste time. Remember you need to create a crime...replicate the crime scene...investigate the crime as if you were an R.C.M.P. officer...and prepare a dossier file to hand over to Crown Counsel so that they may prosecute the case. It's due Friday...Good Luck. Check out the Crime Museum (Crime Library Forensic Science) website for sweet info


B Block Law 12 - Today I'll have you read through "Our Criminal Court System" from pages 134-136 and complete questions 1-5 on page 138. After, please read each scenario and determine what court would address the issue.

  1. A trial is taking place for a person who is charged with the summary conviction offence of pretending to practice witchcraft contrary to section 365 of the Criminal Code.
  2. An issue of national importance has been dealt with by the provincial supreme court and the provincial court of appeal. The party that lost at the court of appeal wants the issue reconsidered.
  3. A trial is being held about an intellectual property matter.
  4. The Crown thinks that a sentence given in the provincial supreme court for a person convicted of sexual assault is too lenient and is appealing the sentence.
  5. A person is charged with the indictable offence of aggravated assault and is having their preliminary hearing.
  6. A person is on trial for the indictable offence of impaired driving causing death.
  7. A person loses their copyright case and wants to have the decision reviewed by a higher court.
  8. A person was convicted of a summary conviction offence and is appealing the decision.
  9. The provincial court of appeal makes a decision. What courts are bound to follow that decision?
  10. In a split decision, the court of appeal affirms the conviction of a person charged with murder. The convicted individual wants the case considered by a higher court.

To end the class we'll watch an episode of Law & Order from Season 10 called "Sundown". In the episode, a patient is found beaten to death in a hospital lounge -- and the resulting case involves infidelity, Alzheimer's disease and a ladies' man. An interesting question arises here...does Alzheimer's disease eliminate the Mens Rea for a crime? Hmmmmmmmm....

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