Thursday, March 22, 2018

Friday, March 23. 2018

Welcome to the last day before Spring Break. Today's schedule is C-D-A-B

C Block Criminology 12 - Today you need to work on your shoplifting poster. Remember:
You work for the Retail Council of Canada and have been hired to create a poster campaign about shoplifting. The poster campaign has two purposes:
  1. To help employees identify people who are shoplifting and
  2. To explain how to reduce shoplifting in stores (target hardening and target removal strategies)
Look at yesterday's blog entry for tips on how to spot shoplifters

D Block Human Geography 11 -Today we'll try to answer the key question, "Why Do Folk and Popular Culture Face Sustainability Challenges?" The international diffusion of popular culture has led to two issues, both of which can be understood from geographic perspectives.
  • First, the diffusion of popular culture may threaten the survival of traditional folk culture in many countries. 
  • Second, popular culture may be less responsive to the diversity of local environments and consequently may generate adverse environmental impacts.
So we'll examine these two things today. We'll start with the potential loss of folk culture through assimilation which is a process of giving up cultural traditions and adopting social customs of the dominant culture of a place, acculturation which is a process of adjustment to the dominant culture of a place all while retaining features of a folk culture, and syncretism which is the creation of a new cultural feature through combining elements of two groups. To help think of:

Or the story of Chanie Wenjack set to the music of Gord Downie (the Tragically Hip singer who died of brain cancer last fall)

After we'll look at the creation of uniform landscapes, landscape pollution and resource depletion. We end with a big thinking question:

Placelessness and uniform landscapes …… With the spread of pop culture throughout Canada (specifically restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, national chains), are cities throughout our country losing their local diversity?  Are we becoming a nation that looks the same no matter what city you are in?  Explain.

Consider this quote to help:
Stroll into your local Starbucks and you will find yourself part of a cultural experiment on a scale never seen before on this planet. In less than half a century, the coffee chain has grown from a single outlet in Seattle to nearly 20,000 shops in around 60 countries. Each year, its near identical stores serve cups of near identical coffee in near identical cups to hundreds of thousands of people. For the first time in history, your morning cappuccino is the same no matter whether you are sipping it in Tokyo, New York, Bangkok or Buenos Aires.
This is one example of many chains that populate many cities all across Canada...all where you can get the same product in a store that looks the same in a place that looks the same....same same same.

A Block Law 12 - To start today you'll have time to finish up yesterday's Actus Reus/Mens Rea activity and then for the remaining portion of the class we will watch a Law & Order episode on Alzheimer's disease and the required Mens Rea for a crime to be committed ("Sundown" episode 9 from Season 10). Is a man with Alzheimer's Disease competent enough to stand trial for murder? And if he is found guilty, should he be subjected to the near-inhumane conditions common for prisoners of his type?
Are Persons With Dementia Responsible for Crimes They Commit?
People with advanced dementia have no place in court
When Frontotemporal Dementia Leads to Crime—Prosecution or Protection?

B Block Introduction to Law 10 - Today I have the library booked so that you may work on the Clue Us In crime scene investigation project. 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. If you are finished then you may work through the Rookie Training simulation on the Rice University's CSI: The Experience Web Adventure . Please do the training for Forensic Biology (DNA), Toxicology, Firearms and Toolmarks (Ballistics), Medical Examiner (Pathologist) and CSI Ethics. When you are done you may work through Case Two (Canine Caper) - I'll have a lab/work sheet for you to complete as you progress through the case.

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