Social 10 Activity: Sorting News Events into Elements of Social Contract
We’ve discussed the Social Contract that exists in a society, the agreed upon rules citizens and leaders accept to help keep the society running smoothly. Four of the essential elements to maintain that balance and structure are:
- Freedom: practicing and protecting our freedoms
- Order: trying to establish/maintain order in society
- Equality: maintaining and fighting to keep equality among groups
- Hierarchy: the levels of responsibility some take on to provide for society
To get a better sense of what each of these provides for society, a list of events are compiled below. Consider each and decide which of the four essential elements of our Social Contract they fall under.
- Read the title carefully
- Skim the beginning of the article to get a sense of what the news article is informing readers about
- Consider your four possible element options
- Discuss with your partner(s) – what decision do you come to together?
News events/articles – samples of events in society that show evidence of the Freedom, Order, Equality, and Hierarchy that exists in Canada.
- Teachers “warned off” from voicing concerns about pond where kindergarten student drowned 1 year ago (says lawyer)
- Case of Toronto van attack suspect put over to May
- B.C. stock promoter charged with tax evasion
- Second Canadian judge suspends (blocks) Quebec’s face covering ban
- Loblaw’s tax case goes to appeals court
- Animal-rights group PETA’s beef with lobster industry comes to Canada
- Iranian Canadian woman says she’s trapped in her marriage
- Coerced-sterilizations a “crisis” that needs a public inquiry
- Canada has taken in almost 300 million extra in tariffs on US imports
- Trump/Trudeau praise USMCA trade deal saying it will grow the middle class