Monday, April 17, 2017

Tuesday, April 18. 2017

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

C Block Social Studies 11 - Today we'll look at the end of the war in Canada and see what the short term impact on the country was like. We'll look at the 1918-1919 Spanish Influenza epidemic that killed between 30 million to 100 million globally (30,000 to 50,000 dead in Canada). FMI:
Canadian Encyclopedia: Influenza
Toronto Star: Remembering the Spanish Flu
Time: Spanish Flu History
The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

With the remaining time left in class you'll be able to work on on the following:
What effect did Canada’s participation in the First World War have on Canadian society and its status as a nation?
Think about:

  1. Role of women
  2. National unity
  3. Independence from Britain
  4. Technology
  5. Changing ideas about war
  6. Economy (Canada becomes industrial)

If you need help check out this very fine article about the War's Impact on Canada from the Canadian War Museum

You have your unit final test on World War One this Thursday (April 20th)

D Block Introduction to Psychology 11 - Welcome to Intro Psych 11 at Vanier which is a quick one term course that deals with the basics and framework of Psychology. Psychologists ask, and answer, fundamental questions about a wide range of topics, from the nature of the mind to the causes of discrimination, and everything in between. For our class we'll take a look at:

  1. Historical & Contemporary Psychology and Psychological Perspectives 
  2. Neurons; the Brain, the Nervous and Endocrine Systems 
  3. Sensory systems; dreams; states of consciousness; and altered states produced by psychoactive drugs, hypnosis, and meditation
  4. Cognition and measurements of Intelligence; Stages of human growth and development; and How we learn
  5. Motivation (why we engage in a given behavior); Affect (the experience of feeling or emotion); Universal facial displays of emotion; and Traits and Personality Types (MBTI)
  6. Classification of psychological disorders & the DSM-V; Anxiety, Mood and Personality disorders; Psychotherapy and Biomedical Therapy

Today we'll go over the course outline and expectations and then we'll work in partners on an activity on the psychology of rock, paper and scissors (yes research into the predictions of human rational decision-making using Rock-Paper-Scissors is an area of psychological study...see the Paper Social cycling and conditional responses in the Rock-Paper-Scissors game). Believe it or not this actually will lead us into a conversation about B.F. Skinner, Operant Conditioning and the behavioural and cognitive influences on
decision making.

After we'll look at common sense myths in psychology and I'll have you work through a question/response quiz to unpack some of the reasons why we have myths about psychology.

Finally our two textbook resources are on line and you can access them at home or on your digital device. They are at OPENSTAX and at OPENTEXTBC

A Block Introduction to Law 9/10 - Welcome to Introduction to Law, also known as Law & Order: Vanier. This term class is a very short but exciting look at criminal law in Canada. The course is organized much like an episode of Law & Order. The first two weeks of the course deal with criminological studies (the study of crime - we will focus on why crime is committed). The next month of the class deals with criminal forensics and detective investigation. The last three weeks of the class deal with the "order" component of Law & Order where we'll follow the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing for crimes committed.

Today, I want you to start by brainstorming a list of all the reasons you can think why someone would commit a crime (you should have a minimum of 10). We'll do this as a Think-Pair-Share activity where you will come up with a list of your own, then partner up with someone and share/compile your lists together into one big list. After you've done this your partner group will get together with another partner group into a group of 4. I will then give you a large sheet of poster paper and you may use markers to combine your lists on the large sheet of poster paper. I'd like you to cluster (group) your reasons why people commit crime into categories (emotions, poverty, culture, etc...) and see what biological factors and sociological factors may contribute to crime. We'll then share your ideas together as a class and see if there are any common ideas that we may have.

B Block Law 12 - Today we are in the library to begin work on a Canadian Criminal Defense project. Find two recent (in the last two years) criminal cases where a defense discussed in the class was used. The defenses are: Alibi, Non-Insane Automatism, Intoxication, Insane Automatism, Battered Woman Syndrome, Self-defense, Necessity, Duress, Ignorance of the law, Mistake of fact, Entrapment, Double jeopardy, and Provocation.

Summarize the cases by answering the following questions:

1. What are the facts of the case?
2. What are the criminal charges?
3. What defense was raised, and what arguments were presented to support the defense?
4. If there was a decision in the case, identify whether or not the defense was successful. If there is no decision yet, provide an opinion on whether you think the defense will be accepted by the courts or not.
5. Provide a personal opinion on the case

Make sure you include:

Name of Case: Give the complete case name indicating all parties. Ensure the appropriate format is used, depending on whether the case is civil or criminal.

Name of Court: Refer to the name and particular level of court where the case was heard.

This is the legal case reference from the law-reporting series or online case-reporting site. Use this complete and accurate citation when first referring to the case.

Summary of Key Facts: Summarize the key facts and events of the case in one to two paragraphs. Make sure all the information you include is legally relevant. This is point 1 above.

Applicable Laws: Refer to the legislation that was at issue (for example, section 235 of the Criminal Code or Section 11d of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms). This is point 2 above.

Issue: Identify the issues to be decided by the court in a clear and concise manner, and express these issues in question format. For example - Was the search unreasonable and therefore a violation of section 8 of the Charter? Did provocation occur, and, if so, should the charge be reduced from murder to manslaughter? This is point 1 and point 3 above.

Case Decision or Judgment: Identify the decision of the court (e.g., the appeal was allowed, a new trial was ordered, the accused was found guilty of the crime, etc.). This is point 4 above.

Reason for the Case Decision or Judgment: State the rationale for the judgment by clearly summarizing the factors considered by the judge in his or her decision. This is point 4 above.

Places to find cases - CanLII is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII's goal is to make Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet. Click through the databases on the side (provinces and territories) and search by year (2012-2011-2010)...anytime you see Supreme/Superior court or court of Queen's Bench you'll find serious criminal cases (remember look for R. v. in the case citation). Canoe is is a leading Canadian internet portal offering news, sports and entertainment from Sun Media. Crime news stories can be found in the Crime portion of the News section.


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