Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday, November 7. 2017

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

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today you'll have the first part of class to finish your major religion poster/fact sheet that you worked on in groups yesterday. We'll present these to the class today (volunteers not voluntolds). After we'll go through the key question "Where Are Religions Distributed?"in the week 10 package. In addition to the religions for your presentations we'll look at Confucianism, Taoism, Bahá’í, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Cao Dai and Jainism.  To end you'll have the following questions to work on:

  1. How are the differences between universalizing and ethnic religions similar to the differences between folk and popular culture? List several similarities.  
  2. Refer to the small pie charts in Figure 6-3. Which regions have enough adherents of each of the three universalizing religions that all three appear on the pie charts?
  3. What are some similarities and differences between Buddhism and Chinese ethnic religions?

D Block Criminology 12 - Last week we started learning how to identify a pyramid / ponzi scam (for more take a look at How Stuff Works). Remember the pyramidal structure? Next we'll look corporate crime. We'll watch the first eight sections of the movie "The Corporation". Please do not forget that the documentary is an opinion is trying to persuade you that a corporation acts like a psychopath. Not all business is bad but we do need to understand the "corporate view" of white collar criminal activity. What is it that makes a successful business person and what kind of ethical behaviour is valued by corporate culture? You will need to work on the following questions:

  1. Should corporate executives be found guilty of murder if they fail to take reasonable measures to protect their staff and an employee subsequently dies?
  2. Is it fair to blame a single executive for the activities of a company that has thousands of employees?
  3. Can Corporations Commit Murder? If a corporation is considered as a person in law (as it is in the US) who can be held liable (responsible) if a corporation kills people?  
  4. Recall 10 or more brands, their logos, their jingles, slogans, and any memory of the product (think Nike = swoosh = "just do it"). Do you know who owns the brand? What is your perception of this "brand"?
  5. According to individuals interviewed in The Corporation, the problem is with the corporations themselves, not necessarily with the people who run them. What evidence does the film use to make this point? Do you agree or disagree? Explain using examples from the film.
  6. The documentary raises important questions about ethics and personal responsibility. One of the fundamental messages in the film is that corporations are irresponsible because in an attempt to satisfy corporate goals, everyone else is put at risk. To what extent is a person responsible for what they do even when within a company? Is a person morally culpable for their actions when satisfying the goal of profit within a corporation? Why or why not?
For more on the movie go to the official site here

From the Business Ethics Forum blog site:

An outstanding in-depth article on the Value of Corporate Values can be found in an article by Reggie Van Lee, Lisa Fabish, and Nancy McGaw in this month's S+B. Based on a survey at 365 companies in 30 countries, the authors claim "increasingly, companies around the world have adopted formal statements of corporate values, and senior executives now routinely identify ethical behavior, honesty, integrity, and social concerns as top issues on their companies’ agendas". The highlights of the survey and article are:

  1. A large number of companies are making their values explicit. That’s a change — quite a significant change — from corporate practices 10 years ago. The ramifications of this shift are just beginning to be understood.
  2. Ethical behavior is a core component of company activities.
  3. Most companies believe values influence two important strategic areas — relationships and reputation — but do not see the direct link to growth.
  4. Most companies are not measuring their “ROV.”
  5. Top performers consciously connect values and operations.
  6. Values practices vary significantly by (continental) region.
  7. The CEO’s tone really matters.
The article provides quantitative data about these 7 findings and concludes with "A commitment to corporate values may be in vogue, but the public will remain suspicious until corporations both understand and can demonstrate that they are committed to using values to create value". What we are looking at is what makes people abuse the public trust in corporations.

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we're looking at glaciers and we'll make sense of how they erode the landscape and examine the land forms they create. We'll understand the differences amongst the various alpine and continental glaciers and we'll define: cirque, arete, pyramidical peak, hanging valley, truncated spur, esker, drumlin, kettle lake, and fjord; along with questions 3, 8, and 12 from page 587 in your Geosystems text.

For glacier websites check out:
Geoscape Nanaimo ice age legacy
Canadian Geographic Mountains of Canada: Glaciers
USGS Glaciers of Canada book
National Snow & Ice Data Center All About Glaciers
Tongass National Forest Icefields & Glacier facts
USGS Glacier terminology
Eastern Illinois University Department of Geography glacier notes
Encyclopedia of the Earth: Glaciers
Rocky Mountain National Park glacier basics

Gradation Unit Test Review:

Weathering & MW

Names of MW (Big 3 – flows slides and falls – speed and consistency)
Chemical & Physical Weathering (Frost Action, Oxidation & Solution – Carbonation)
Karst (Carbonation created it – found in limestone) – features (stalagmite, stalactite & flowstone)
Slopes – causes of slope failure

H2O & Streams

Water Cycle terminology (condensation, evaporation, precipitation, transpiration, percolation, infiltration, aquifer, zones of aeration and saturation)
Where is most of fresh water
Transportation of sediment in water (bed load & suspended load)
Drainage Basins (Dendritic and Deranged)
Young – mature – old profile (what’s going on in terms of erosion & deposition) and features of young & old
Deltas (4 types)
Floods * (causes, damages, impact) *hint hint
Cross section of a river (meandering profile page 10 of week 8)

Coasts, Glaciers & Deserts

Longshore Drift (swash & backwash) – depositional coastlines (spit/barrier bar)
Erosional coastline (Cave-Arch-Stack)
Continental vs Alpine erosion (scouring & plucking) – features cirque, horn (pyrimidical peak) & hanging valley, U Shaped valley & truncated spur, drumlin & fjord
Deposition – moraines
Deserts – erosion (Aeolian) & transportation & desertification (increasing sizes of deserts – causes)
Playa – alluvial fans

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