Month: April 2018

InS 9: Economic Disparity

We will begin a unit on development and disparity. Our statement of inquiry will be:

Disparities exist within and between countries but strategies can be used to improve standard of living

  • What does this statement mean to you?
  • What topics do you think we will cover in this unit?
  • What would you like to learn about these issues?
  • Think of the vocabulary terms you have learned in your previous I&S classes, what words come to mind when discussion these issues?

First, we will play the Trading Game

  • What have you learned from the game?
  • What was fair/unfair?
  • What can be done to make the game more equal?
  • What real world situations affect the equity of trade between countries?
  • How could we achieve fair trade?
  • How would you define poverty in terms of the game?

Review from gr. 8 I&S:

  • What is meant by development?
  • How do we measure development?
  • What trends have been observed in countries during different levels of development?
  • What is meant by disparity?
  • How would you define poverty in terms of development?

Let’s look at a new way of defining poverty?

In your groups, discuss Mr Rosling’s views on defining poverty.

  • Write down the dimensions of development. Identify which ones you think are means, and which are goals? Rank them according to how important you think they are.
  • How do your ideas differ from Mr Rosling?
  • Do you agree with him that culture is and should be the ultimate goal of any society?
  • Do you believe all societies in the world, including your own, can achieve their goals? What may be some obstacles they face? Explain.
  • How can we encourage different societies to achieve their goals?
  • How can we reduce disparity between countries?

In groups of 2 or 3

Considering everything we have discussed, the videos we watched and the game we played, discuss ways of encouraging development. Consider development in broader terms than just economic: How can countries develop to have a more equal, fair and sustainable society?

You can pick a specific country/city/village/region to base your answer, or answer in general terms, but you must describe specific methods that could be undertaken by governments, NGOs, civil society or individuals to help regional or national development.

You will present your ideas to the class.

InS 9: Intro to Economic Development

Types of Government:

  • What do we mean when we call people and their ideas right or left wing?
  • What is the difference between socialism and communism?
  • What are possible drawbacks to the various government systems we have discussed?

In groups, fill in the boxes below. You may use wikipedia.com

Definition Name a specific present example
Monarchy
Communism
Oligarchy
Socialism
Democracy
Republic
Anarchy

In groups, you will pick on form of government listed and create a 30 second ad, trying to sell your form of government as THE BEST for the people.

1. In groups of 2 or 3, research one of the government systems you have defined in question 1. (If possible, no 2 groups should research the same system.)

2. Create a 30 second, single shot TV advertisement showing your findings and persuading your audience that your system is best for them. (Even if you personally disagree)

3. Write the script for your advertisement:

  • include all text

  • include all visual cues (this can be written or drawn as a storyboard)

4. Be creative. You may choose to be overly enthusiastic, even exaggerate some facts ( but don’t lie) to get your point across.

5. We will shoot the commercial and present next class.

6. Hyperlink your video here

Part 2: UTOPIA (if time)
Before moving on, let’s think of what we believe would be a “perfect” government, if there is such a thing.

  • What is utopia?
  • What specific characteristics would be necessary to create a perfect government? A perfect world?

First, let’s think about what Utopia is. In groups, read one section of the Wikepedia page on utopia. You will the create a strand on this google doc. Explaining the main ideas related to your topic.

Then, you will work on creating your own perfect government. 

Here is a useful sparknote reading on Thomas More’s Utopia

InS 10: Disorder Poster

We have been discussing ways of defining abnormality, and symptoms of various disorders. We will now look at prevalence and how it varies between regions, cultures, age groups  and genders.

You will create 1-sheet comparative report or poster or pictogram on the prevalence of 1 disorder.

Max 400 words

  • Describe the symptoms
  • Explain the difference in prevalence over time between two countries or region in terms of :
    • Age
    • Socio economic level
    • Gender
    • Culture

LIST OF DISORDERS

  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction (alcohol/substance)
  • Bulimia
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (a.k.a multiple personality disorder)
  • OCD
  • Other, with teacher approval

TSC A

Topic choices

InS 10: Intro to Abnormality

Discuss:

  • What are phobias?
  • What causes phobias?
  • How are they treated?
  • Are they more nature or nurture?
  • What is the difference between fear and phobia?
  • What would you consider abnormal human behavior?
  • How can we measure such behavior?

Exercise 1:

  • Read the handout p.161 (read the rest for homework)
  • In groups, explain the following ways of measuring abnormality, using specific examples:
    • Statistical infrequency
    • Deviation from social norms
    • Failure to function adequately
    • Deviation from ideal mental health

Let’s Kahoot it up!

Exercise 2: Models of abnormality


Model: A set of assumptions or concepts that help psychologists and/or scientists explain and interpret observations

  • Spells out basic assumptions and sets guidelines for investigation and treatment
  • Some may conflict with each other or be better suited for certain conditions

Exercise 2:

In groups, use the handout to explain the following models of abnormality, as well as their ethical and practical implications.

Do some research of an actual case study where your model has been used, and explain it to the class, using the model to structure your explanation.

  • Medical model
  • Psychoanalytic approach
  • Behavioral approach
  • Cognitive Approach
  • Humanistic approach

Exercise 3: Bias in Psychological studies

We will look at the Li-Repac Study (1980)

Friday afternoon movies: Crash Course Psychology

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