We’ve discussed for a long while the Social Contract that societies have to negotiate and adapt to suit their needs and wants as a group. It is the give and take relationship between government and the people, determining what each is responsible for in working together.
A society’s Social Contract will also relate to their Economic choices – determining how much or little government is involved in the main economic issues of What to Produce, Who to Produce it for, and How (best) to Produce it.
The following are resources to help support your learning/understanding of the main approaches to economics for countries.
Planned Economy: also known as a Command Economy, since the government takes full command of the decision-making and planning for meeting the wants and needs of its society
The Balance Website: explanations, pros/cons, and examples of countries using a Planned Economy method
Canada has the good fortune to exist from “sea-t0-sea-to-sea”, so we benefit as a whole from the various types of geography, resources, settlements across a wide scale.Consider what it’s like, though, for a small country whose borders are surrounded by other countries. Geographically and resource-wise, they may be very similar, but because of differences in style of government, corruption, equality of the people, and other reasons, the living conditions in the two countries can be very different. One citizen of country A can live in comfortable wealth, while the citizen of country B only 20 kms away may live in extreme poverty.
Why can there be such differences between the living standards of citizens? That’s your question to find an answer to in today’s inquiry study.
I’d like you to organize yourselves into two groups, Group A and Group B.
You can join a Breakout Room and plan together how to break up the study information. OR
You can join a group (A or B) and decide to study individually and then later share together what you each discovered.
In either group, discover the following:
Take notes and keep track of the websites or sources you were able to use information from. (They can be added to a Google Doc or written down)
Group A: Study the difference between Botswana (a wealthy country) and Zimbabwe (a poor country)]
Group B: Study the difference between Haiti (a poor country) and the Dominican Republic (a wealthy country)
Search to understand the following for each country in your group:
their government style and method of decision-making for the citizens
where the government leaders in power sit on the political spectrum (L Center R)
what resources in the country do they have to produce and sell/trade?
what is the state of Rule of Law in their country – is society orderly, is it chaotic, is there great corruption?
has each country’s wealth been much the same for a long time or has it changed within recent decades? Is there a cause of that change, if so?
what is it like for citizens to live in each country – do they have homes to go to? some wealth? do they rely on social programs to provide for them? is there great poverty?
Send a note through Teams if you are stuck and need support!
Research the end-of-life experience in palliative care (people places in care and made comfortable until their inevitable death). Documentary link – End Game
Study the effects of a person going into sensory deprivation for three days – no access to devices, time tracking, etc, that Psychologists believe leads to brain damage as a result. Documentary linked – Isolation
Some Gathered Resources for Initial Source Studies (Step 1)
You can filter your search in YouTube to look for longer videos on your topic of interest, which may bring up TV Episodes, Podcast recordings of interviews with knowledgable speakers, or Documentaries)
Additional Research (Step 2):
You Can do a Google Search for Scholarly Journals on your topic; these usually show up at the top of a Google Search. Examples below for: Gender Conditioning in Children
Notice in the second image you can sort the articles by most recent or most relevant. You’ll also see highlighted in yellow some articles have been Cited more often by other publications. These are articles from Psychology or similarily-focused studied, so they’ll include many statistics, anecdotal examples, and supports for your Part 2 of your research. (You can click on these images to make them larger/more clear to read).
Step 3: Published Product Options (do this as your ELA B30 Multimedia Video Assignment?)