This first half of B30 continues to study the Human Experience – one of the most essential parts of that is our interactions with each other in the form of relationships. One of the most obvious reasons why the entertainment industry is so popular and financially successful is because the audience is drawn to unique and complicated relationships between characters.
Resources for this section:
Visualization Pre-View: Porphyria’s Lover
What do you think is happening in this image?
Audio narration of the poem (if it helps you for comprehension)
Compose and Create: Google Doc link
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Canada’s beginnings were the result of struggles between three founding cultures: the French, First Nations, and British. One of the main ideas of this section is understanding the cause and effect of Quebec becoming a distinct province within Canadian Confederation. To this day, culture and the idea of “being Canadian” is practiced differently (with some limitations) within the province of Quebec.
Recent Event Examples of Quebec Interaction with the Country:
Pros and Cons of being either a Visual or Non-visual Minority in society (*developed by a previous group of students)
Non-visual: when there is a quality of your being that people cannot visually recognize or notice, but that might cause some people to see or treat you differently. (Ex: religion not including features that are visually noticeable (like being Jewish), sexual orientation (could be same-sex oriented without people knowing your personal feelings/attractions), mental disability, race (some people may be of a race group without distinguishing features, like fair-skinned Metis)
if your minority identity is hidden, you can’t be discriminated against so easily
you could choose to hide the part of your identity you fear people wouldn’t accept, and feel a sense of being safe
if you eventually choose to reveal your whole self to others, that acceptance, if gained, means so much more
you have a chance to build up relationships that you may not otherwise have if they knew some private qualities of yourself (like a Jewish faith or same-sex attraction)
it is your choice to disclose parts of yourself – you have some control of who knows and when they know
it could free you to be yourself openly among others without people judging you
you’d maybe always have a worry that it would be discovered; you’d have the hurt and lose after and existing relationships may change
you wouldn’t ever really know if you were truly accepted, if those around you didn’t know a private part of your identity
you would always be withholding or protecting a part of yourself from others
there is the fear of that discovery moment, repeated over and over again throughout your life, if you kept part of yourself from others
your potential membership in a community of people you have things in common with would potentially be hidden; you wouldn’t get to know people who could support you because you wouldn’t know of each other
could hear insults related to your identity from those around, maybe even friends, without them knowing it hurts you (ex: David hearing his friends make Jew jokes)
over time, it could become a toxic environment you’re in, where you silently endure and struggle with your sense of acceptance
could end up perpetually hiding part of your true identity; repressing it (same-sex identity)
Visual minority: when there is a quality of your identity that can visually be recognized (and potentially judged in society) Examples: sex ( male or female), physical or mental disability (blindness, wheel chair-bound), religion (with religious clothing like a nicab or turban), race (some people of a different racial group may be recognized while others may not, depending on their features)
if your quality if visual, people around you would likely know they’re targetting you with insults, rather than make jokes that relate to you without them knowing it
you may accept yourself sooner – live life being yourself, your whole self
first impressions made would filter out the people you would want in your life or not; they either accept you or not
people would see you as you are, so if someone doesn’t accept you there wasn’t an attachment making it more disappointing a loss
you would be able to be part of a group or community of people who share your qualities (ex: community of believers in the same religion)
people may think they know you, based on assumptions or stereotypes (face criticism or harsh treatment, like targetted comments to hurt you)
you don’t have a choice to hide parts of yourself from those who would be unaccepting of you. (Ex: “Shopping While Black” behaviour – negative bias of shop workers towards people shopping based on prejudice)
you might have a hard time developing relationships, because people may judge you or you might feel self-conscious that they might be less accepting
you might feel/face exclusion, feeling left out of groups
may have a greater sense of of isolation, feeling on the outside
there’s the mental process a child has to go through when discovering or slowly understanding why people may see them differently, despite of who they actually are
Some links and resources posted here that go along with our section.
Watch the Without Rule of Law video (below) – open it in YouTube to play it and watch to 16 minutes worth.
Personal Inquiry Search: Select one of the two following options and develop a personal summary – either in written form (half page typed) or an audio reflection (4 minutes min) – of what you have or can learn from the topic selected.
Research to learn whether Venezuela has Rule of Law right now and if not what is causing WROL (without rule of law). Consider, too, how long the situation there has been escalating – long term or mostly recent? Was there a specific trigger that’s changed things?
Explore the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2017-2018 and read the Report Highlights. You can search certain country pages (Canada vs Denmark or U.S.A) to see how they’re rated differently. Develop a personal summary of your findings/what you can learn from the site.
Viewing Activity:“You Should Have Stayed Home”Fifth Estate documentary on police use of force during 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. Even countries with high Rule of Law function can fall victim to moments of WROL. Watch and take notes of significant details or comments you’d like to make to add to the discussion.
Cultural Relativity: Articles referenced in the discussion on the burka, legal, required, and considered Just in some countries, while banned in others.