CIVICS. Fun with a capital F! Trish Brennan Trish.firstname.lastname@example.org. A Village Idiot. Ancient Greece Democracy Only citizens can participate in the political system > attend public meetings to discuss infrastructure, war, etc…
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> attend public meetings to discuss infrastructure, war, etc…
> vote on public issues such as whether to build (infrastructure) or engage in war, etc…
= 90% of the population
Source: Plato, The Republic. Editors Betty Radic and Robert Baldick. London: Whitefriars Press, Ltd, 1964
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs),
Democracy, constitutional monarchy, autocracy, absolute monarchy, dictatorship
> play hangman
In small group, give best guess to figure each
Source: Gordon, Doug, et. al. Civics Now. Toronto: Nelson, a division of Thomson Canada Ltd, 2006
1. Political spectrum – 3.5 wks2. Canada’s gov’t -2.5 wks3. Law in Canada – 2-3 days4. Global issues- throughout the course; current political events5. Culminating Task-2 weeksFinal exam** fit in reading daily newspapersfor stories as examples of concepts and points of discussion
the 9 week course
> System, where it is along the line, definition, example (article, film clip,…), pros/cons (aim for 3 minimum for each side) > slideshow of political spectrum
* Cut & paste personal political spectrum
Communism Socialism Liberalism Conservatism Capitalism Fascism
Saddam Hussein Rich Uncle Pennybags Mitt Romney Elizabeth May Karl Marx
Augusto Pinochet Mahmoud Ahmidinajad Tommy Douglas Bob Rae
George Bush Benito Mussolini & Adolf Hitler Barack Obama Thomas Mulcair
Pierre Trudeau Vladimir Lenin Stephen Harper Martin Luther King Jr. Fidel Castro Khalahari Bushman Jack Layton McCain/Palin
> Race competition, taboo, Who am I?
> Grid of Levels and Branches – Day 2
PROVINCIAL SEATING PLAN
Governor GeneralLieutenant GovernorSpeaker of the HousePrime Minister Premier Leader of OppositionLeader of Other OppositionCabinet/MinistryMayorMayor’s Executive Council City CouncillorDeputation
What is the city but the people?
True, the people are the city.
-Coriolanus, Act III, Sc. I.
> Great message about civic involvement
> Problem + solution by expert in that field > print off website info e.g. environmental issue > David Suzuki, climatecrisis.net