Thursday, February 1, 2018

Friday, February 2. 2018

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

A Block Law 12 - Today we'll start with an episode of Law & Order. We'll watch "By Perjury" from season 19 (January 2009). A plaintiff in a class-action suit against an airline is murdered. Assistant District Attorney Cutter finds himself pitted against a lawyer whose manipulation of the legal system keeps letting him get away with murder, and Detective Lupo's mistake risks both the case and Cutter's life. After we have a discussion you may work on the questions I had on the blog yesterday, from page 21 of the All About Law textbook:

  • Question 2 How did the English common law system develop? 
  • Question 3 How is the rule of precedent used in today’s system of law? and 
  • Question 5 Explain the significance of statute law as a source of law? 
B Block Introduction to Law 10 - Remember, you need to create your own theory of why crime happens. Use the handout I gave you on crime theories and for more help check out the Crime Theory Web Site found on this link.

After some time, we'll share your own theories of why crime happens (yes I'd like to have volunteers rather than voluntolds). We'll see if there are any similarities amongst the different theories we made and try to understand just what that may mean.

Lastly, I'll ask you to create an interview where you are a famous Canadian criminologist being interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos on his CBC television show. What you'll need to do is come up with some crazy, creepy or absurdly normal crime that gained huge notoriety in Canada (murder, treason, assault, embezzlement, kidnapping, criminal harassment - AKA stalking, drug trafficking, gang related activities or some minor crime perpetrated by a major Canadian celebrity - oh just imagine Justin Bieber being charged with what). After you create a crime story idea, you'll need to have five questions that George will ask you (no "what's your name" doesn't count as one). Try to come up with questions that you can reasonably answer within three to four sentences..."So what do you think motivated (person X) to commit (action Y)"?

What should this look like? A brief paragraph that introduces the crime and gives a brief biography of you is the start. Next write out the five questions George will ask you about the crime, the perpetrator, the kind of person who commits that crime, the motives of that person, an explanation of your personal crime theory and then try to answer them using your theory.

Here's an example of what George does for the "bio" (this could be your intro paragraph, right?)

C Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll continue with a brief history of criminology (from B.C.E up to and including the current theories). For Tuesday, you need to create your own theory of why crime happens. To end the class we'll watch a really cool video on the roots of violence from NOVA called Inside the Mind of a Rampage Killer...

What makes a person walk into a theater or a church or a classroom full of students and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? Can science in any way help us understand these horrific events and provide any clues as to how to prevent them in the future? As the nation tries to understand the tragic events at Newtown, NOVA correspondent Miles O’Brien separates fact from fiction, investigating new theories that the most destructive rampage killers are driven most of all, not by the urge to kill, but the wish to die. Could suicide–and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory–be the main motivation? How much can science tell us about the violent brain?  Most importantly, can we recognize dangerous minds in time—and stop the next Newtown?

D Block Human Geography 11 - Okay so I'm not a huge watch-a-"list" video kind of teacher (you know like buzzfeed's "top 10 ________ that will make you ______") but our topic for the day is "Why is each point on Earth unique?" I do like the opening for the Netflix series Sense8 as an example of the diversity of regions and for an visual explanation of why each point on earth is unique...

There are some good things to help with the concept in The Richest's "The Most Beautiful Places in the World" list video

We'll figure out the difference between place and region (hint think scale) and talk about toponyms, site and situation and look at the differences between formal, functional and vernacular regions. You'll have two questions to work on for me:

How do people shape places? How do places shape people?

Lastly, I'll ask you to map out the locations of McDonalds, Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, A&W, and Subway in the Comox Valley and I want you to identify a pattern (if there is one) and to explain why that pattern exists using the geography terms site, situation, and region.

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