Contemporary Issues Winter 2015
About this class
This course is designed to introduce students to the essential concepts of Sustainability; a cross disciplinary field, integrating the economic, environmental, and social (socio-political) concerns. Students will conduct inquiry into the social, political, environmental and economic impact of contemporary and emerging global issues through the lens of sustainability. This course consolidates learning across the disciplines to empower students as agents of change for a sustainable and equitable future.
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Thank you for your post. I agree with you that in the United States it is far too easy to get a weapon. This coupled with the role media plays with violence leads to a lot of aggression. Media plays a huge role in the promotion of violence, guns and fights with various movies, video games and even popular rap music. This has a huge effect on how children, especially males, view the relationship of violence and power. I agree with you and believe this plays a role in this shooting.
Another factor that has an effect on acts of violence nowadays is discrimination. The shooter does show signs of religious discrimination. He did not like organized religion and acting violently against it in this shooting. He may have viewed other victims as inferior to him depending on their answer when asked what religion they believed in, and then shot them.
I believe that there is more to this issue than violence, discrimination and guns. I believe that there is an underlying issue. I believed that the gunman suffered from a mental health disorder or an imbalance. In order for a man to be so angry that he kills 9 people, there must be something wrong. People with good mental health do not react that way to hatred, they would not be able to kill 9 people because of their religious beliefs. I believe that hatred like this stems from a lot of pain and anger. This could have happened from a traumatic event which affected how he viewed religion. He could have suffered manipulation by people on the internet as well which led him to be discriminatory. He could have also been born with a chemical imbalance which made him susceptible to his. Regardless of which mental disorder and why, I believe that this man was truly sick in order to be able to feel such hatred for people. I think that the gunman was also a victim. He killed 10 people including himself. This man was not able to process anger and hatred properly and was not able to act rationally. I believe he suffered from a mental disorder.
I believe there should be programs in place in attempt to stop this kind of hatred. Often people who are bullied commit acts of violence like this in schools. If teachers worked alongside social workers in order to discuss students behaviour, perhaps there would be less violence at school. They should make this part of the school curriculum. Teachers and parents should work together in order to assess if a child's behaviour is normal and what steps they should take when a child is excluded or shows signs of this type of behaviour. This kind of behaviour does not show up overnight, it is a long process and I believe we could stop it before anyone gets hurt.
Last week people around the world were again notified with news regarding Terror. Although we often hear that these criminals committing these horrible acts are muslim. Although the real question is that since there are 1.6 billion muslims around the world that it is not because of their religion. Maybe think about mental health?. According to most authorities it is believed that these people have been so called “radicalized” which in my opinion is someone playing with your mental state. Clearly its been proven that people who are suffering from a disease like schizophrenia often have voices talking to them leading to put them and other people at risk. My opinion, is that these people who committed these acts of terror whether in California or in Paris were clearly suffering from mental health issues. Also all of the terrorist caught in these acts were born in western areas of the world clearly proving that they’re place of bir Thus this reconfirms the fact that mental health should be a top priority in schools and communities in order for us to diagnose people at an earl stage. By early diagnosis not only will we minimize these horrible terror attacks but also help cure these people. In the long run, I am convinced we will see a change as mental health is becoming a more pressing issue. The only problem is we have to keep raising awareness in order to relieve the stigma related to mental health. Therefore the fact that everyone is losing their mind over some sort of online radicalization is completely absurd, the real people we should watch out is the people that are getting radicalized over the internet. Clearly these people who are getting convinced over the internet are the ones that pose a risk to our society.
I didn't realize that become a nurse could face some serious moral problems. I agree with you, and I think maybe sometimes people do not want to divulge the private information of their patients, but their some actions are unintentional. Social media bring us a colourful life and convenient way to achive news, but at same time it brings us some bad effects that we should really pay attention on this problem .
Hello, I agree with your idea that the virtue ethics is the ideal theory for nurses. Sometimes we do something in order to help someone, but if this thing is opposite with the person's desire, we are not doing an absolutely good thing because that person is not happy. Contrarily, if we simply follow that person's wish, we cannot say we are doing a good thing. So the virtue ethics is ideal theory. The perspective of virtue ethics is more individual.
In today's progressing society, we seem to try to use technology as an answer to everything. Technology cannot always replace human interaction, there are several things technology cannot do better than human beings. Although the concept of the app is good because it can raise awareness and help people feel comfortable enough with their mental disorder to go speak to a therapist, this app cannot be the sole treatment a person with illness receives. Mental health is something to be taken very seriously and is very complicated and different for every individual affected. People with mental disorders should not be relying on their cellphones for help. If anything it can just make them more isolated from the world around them, which is the last thing they need. People with mental health problems need to try to have normal social interactions and being on your cellphone constantly will not help with that. Mental health problems need to be properly addressed.
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Oil sands is a very delicate topic in Canada these days... In my opinion this is an unsustainable activity that will not be able to go on for a very long time because drilling oil from the sands is detrimental to the environment. Even though there is a good profit to be made, the world is in a very fragile state and we cannot be finding new ways to destroy our environment. The other issue is that the politicians in Alberta are planning an increase in production which will cause more harm in the future. In the end, I believe that they will need to use the increase in investment, in order to find a sustainable way of producing oil.
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As you stated, the benefits of having GMO crops heavily outweigh the moral issues. Those who are against GMO crops represent a minuscule portion of those who consume the crops, and their opinion should not be taken into consideration.
I do agree with what you said, but personally I think that the nutrition guidelines should first start to be more focused at home. After that parents focus on a nutritional and healthy lifestyle their kids would be more able to accept the nutrition guidelines in school. I don't think that Keenan Shaw had to be suspended for a week, it's a bad way to show how they care about their students. They could have explained to Keenan why it is not acceptable to sell such food in school and what's the effect of selling junk food.
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