World Geography 412

About this class

In this World Geography class students are being asked to look at and comment on social issues from around the world.

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by dayna.macdonald on December 2, 2013
Venezuela’s economic plans to produce oil first appeared to be a great economic and political advancement. However, the plan is starting to fall apart as costs for construction increase, as well as the increasing debt. Many (if not all) of the countries in South America were involved in this plan, however when the prices increased, countries like Guatemala backed out of the deal saying that they did not agree to higher priced rates. Furthermore, countries like Colombia and Brazil came to collect on debts that had not been paid off, leaving Venezuela economically and politically weaker.

933 | 1 | 2
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by dayna.macdonald on December 2, 2013
African leaders have requested that they should have immunity to international laws. In this article, leaders have claimed that leaving their countries for court trials will leave their countries weak and could lead to a collapse of the country in their absence. However, the situations leading to these trials include genocides, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Requesting immunity means that they will not be reprimanded for their part to play in the violence against their own citizens. This is a social issue because it affects everyone in these countries.

820 | 1 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by PhilippeChassé on November 25, 2013
According to an article published in Montreal’s French newspaper La Presse on the twenty fifth of November, there would have been more than a million candidates who applied for a job in the Public Services at the national competition organized by the Chinese government last week-end. In fact, this competition is the modern form of a tradition old of thousands of years introduced by the Song dynasty (580-618 A.D) that had for purpose to reward nation’s greatest servitors.

1,600 | 4 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DThibault on November 24, 2013
Canada for some years have been dealing with a certain phenomenon which implies missing aboriginal women.Canada has pledge to its citizens that many nessesary steps will be taken in order to investigate on missing women.Some people such as James anaya has been taking this penomenon very seriously and is looking at all the cases where aboriginal women are gone missing and trying to solve them.Many families and children are devastated about the lost of a family member and at times most of the cases are not reported or not opened to investagtion.Many aboriginal groups are fighting against the

1,333 | 3 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by JessicaZytynsky on November 23, 2013
In this article written by CNN staff on October 15th 2013, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the country of Japan.  It was approximately 200 miles away from Japan, located in the Pacific Ocean. About three billion dollars of damages have been evaluated.  This is not the first time that Japan has had huge natural disasters hit them, making many casualties as well. In 2011, an earthquake with the magnitude of 9.0 hit the Fukushima prefectures, with about 15,000 deaths. This has had a huge impact on the country’s economy since they always have to rebuild.

8,605 | 20 | 3
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by DThibault on November 22, 2013
After the devastating typhoon in which Philippines have been strucked with,many people were left homeless without food not shelter.Many people are unable to obtain drinkable water due to its shortages.Many illnesses such ascholera,hepatitis,malaria,dengue fever and typhoid fever can be found in many victims today.Although many doctors and nurses are on scene, The amount of victims that were hit from the typhoon surpase the numbers of doctors therefore many death a occuring from the lack of doctors.Researchers have found out a new parasitic disease which is an epidemic could surge out any mo

3,875 | 11 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by jessica.chouinard on November 21, 2013
The purpose of this article is to show the improvements that china is slowly make to improve the living conditions of its population. China Hints that they are planning to make these changes in the next couple of months. One of the main points that is made in the article is that they were going to be less strict about the one child policy. Now, both parents that are an only child are eligible to have a second child.

5,303 | 16 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by NikitaRazzak on November 16, 2013
  It is known that China has been very strict concerning the amount of children that a Chinese woman can produce. This law is also known as the “One-Child Policy” and recently, it has been “loosened”. In fact, it has been stated in the BBC article named “China reforms: One-child policy to be relaxed “  that in  the future , couples wanting to have more than one child would be able to if one of them was an only child.

10,541 | 24 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by tristan B on November 16, 2013
In the article found on BBC News, entitled ''Reforming China's gulags'' written by Damian Grammaticas, we learn about the China's re-education camps, which were initially put in place in 1950. These camps are like prison, but to go through your ‘’sentence’’ you must do labor. There are many guards that are constantly watching over you, and walls and watchtowers are surrounding the place.

1,652 | 4 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by GLapierre on November 15, 2013
The article China's Philippine aid controversy, published by the BBC on November 14th, 2013, puts in light the controversial situation that arose following China’s initial announcement that it would give (only) $100,000 in aid to the Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Following an international outcry, Beijing later added an extra $100,000 to the balance via the Chinese Red Cross, before finally upping his bid to $1.6 million. Yet the spark was lit and there to stay.

1,289 | 2 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Celia Mekid on November 15, 2013
For decades now, certain policies of China defined their state as having a lot of power on the citizen’s lives. These policies include the one-child family restrictions and the “re-education through labor” camps. In the article ‘China to Ease Longtime Policy of 1-Child Limit’ published on November 15th, 2013 and written by Chris Buckly, new motives in China are being discussed.

1,125 | 2 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Camille Le Saux on November 15, 2013
A huge disaster, a Typhoon named Haiyan, happened in Philippines. For the moment there is about 2,300 victims, and this number is expected to rise. A lot of people lost members of their family and friends, some children are now orphan. Bodies are lying everywhere, even on the side of the street. Survivors are waiting at the airport for a flight out of the city. Aid workers are there to help them but they struggle to help the survivors. Apparently, employees from medecins sans frontiers said that the issue of distributing aid was enormous.

1,438 | 5 | 1
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by gagnonpamela on November 15, 2013
Don’t look now, but China has its own demographic dilemma written by Linda Nazareth demonstrate the lack of young people in China, in other words, the population of China is aging which creates a lot of economic problems. After the Second World War II, there was a major baby boom in China which means that less and less people work because they are older, therefore, less Chinese pay the taxes from employment income since a lot stop working at a certain age and depend on the government to help them with money as they do not have jobs anymore.

1,829 | 4 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by jmckoymarchand on November 15, 2013
     The article “Rethinking China's one-child policy” on behalf of CBC news highlights the present situation concerning the issues in relation to China’s population and its one-child policy. The purpose of the article is to inform the general public that China’s one-child policy stands to cause a negative impact on the population. Meanwhile, it furthermore notifies its readers to be acquainted with the fact that circumstances will only get worse given that nothing is done to solve and/or diminish the severity of the issue.  

1,001 | 2 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Mich.Raposo on November 15, 2013
LINK: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-relaxes-one-child-policy-abolishes-prison-labor-camps/2013/11/15/a3f3f476-4df7-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html

705 | 1 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Bryan McGaw on November 15, 2013
        In this article posted by The Guardian on November 6th 2013, there are plantations of Palm Oil trees and the companies running them are destroying the tropical forests, the wildlife, and not respecting human rights.

1,161 | 4 | 0
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by AlmaghrawiN on November 15, 2013
This article discusses the aftermath of the disastrous typhoon that hit the Philippines. This disaster created a lack of sanitation, fresh water, and emergency health teams, lead up to many deadly diseases, such as cholera, malaria, hepatitis, and typhoid fever. It has been said that the chances of leptospirosis and polio making a comeback to the country is very high.

1,138 | 3 | 0
Student

|
1 year 7 months ago

It is hard for people like us, in Canada to see any sense in the practices that take place in South Asia. Unfortunately, these practices have become part of their cultural norms. They are values and traditions that are not recognized by our society and are even frowned upon. Canadian citizens, for the most part cannot fathom individuals being stripped of their autonomy, ability to make choices and freedom. Similar practicies happen in Kyrgyzstan called "bride kidnnapping" where women are taken from their families (sometimes at will, sometimes not) and forced to marry the men by whom they have been kidnappes by. All to say, that cultures are different worldwide, it is important to realize such things in order to be able to make change happen.

1 year 7 months ago

It is hard for people like us, in Canada to see any sense in the practices that take place in South Asia. Unfortunately, these practices have become part of their cultural norms. They are values and traditions that are not recognized by our society and are even frowned upon. Canadian citizens, for the most part cannot fathom individuals being stripped of their autonomy, ability to make choices and freedom. Similar practicies happen in Kyrgyzstan called "bride kidnnapping" where women are taken from their families (sometimes at will, sometimes not) and forced to marry the men by whom they have been kidnappes by. All to say, that cultures are different worldwide, it is important to realize such things in order to be able to make change happen.

2 years 7 months ago

The U.S.A should definitely consider creating more bike paths in order to give the opportunity for more people to have the option of either taking their bike or even rollerblading. I'm sure it is really dangerous in some parts of new York where there is heavy traffic and cause people to shy away from using a bike. Bikes and other means of transportation that doesn't evolve fossil fuels could be a great deal in the reduction of carbon emissions released and fossil fuels used. In terms of raising gas prices I don't agree with this point because it would cause many other problems within the community but I do see your idea because it would make people think twice about spending a lot of money on gas and figure out ways to get to their destination. Overall great summary.

2 years 7 months ago

I really enjoyed reading this article because it was very informative and brought up great points. I am glad to see that some places are trying to make more of a environmental impact for the purpose of protecting our planet and using our knowledge to be more efficient with the way we do things. Also cities seem to be liking the idea that Pint Claire has and seen that it is indeed a great way to reduce cost of electricity and use our resources more effectively so it is causing a snowball effect.

2 years 7 months ago

I really enjoyed reading this article because it was very informative and brought up great points. I am glad to see that some places are trying to make more of a environmental impact for the purpose of protecting our planet and using our knowledge to be more efficient with the way we do things. Also cities seem to be liking the idea that Pint Claire has and seen that it is indeed a great way to reduce cost of electricity and use our resources more effectively so it is causing a snowball effect.

2 years 8 months ago

I think that your summary was well written and that it is very important to question ourselves toward such issue. Is it “okay” to tolerate such names in school, institutions, or in sports? What people usually see or hear becomes the norm and therefore is often considered as acceptable. However, both are not the same. Too many times people (and by saying people I include myself) are inclined to follow the movement of thought, the mentality of their environment and to adopt the flaws of it including racial prejudice. And this occurs unconsciously and since a young age. Therefore, considering that some sport team names such as “Redskin” is still existing, is definitely not helping the problem. I would not imagine being a native men or women playing in this particular team. I would feet terribly uncomfortable and confused. I would be uncertain if I should be proud to represent that name, which portrays a negative image of the Native people. It is simply racist and unfortunately, so commonly acceptable in society. The good news, is that, as you stated earlier, some people who are aware of the racial issue especially in the United State, make concrete actions in order to solve the problem and to improve society.
In an article entitled: Achieving Consciousness and Transformation in the Classroom: Race, Gender, Sexual Orientations and Social Justice, it is written that it is possible to transform people perception. And it is important to not only identify the problem but to find a way to solve it. It says that critical thinking is strongly linked with self-awareness, which could also help to appreciate differences and reduce racial prejudice. By encouraging people by talking about racism and other form of discrimination instead of just hiding the problem, more people can be aware and take concrete action for the good of all

Dhillon, Manpreet, et al. "Achieving Consciousness and Transformation in the Classroom: Race, Gender, Sexual Orientations and Social Justice." Sociology Mind 5.2 (2015): 74-83. ProQuest. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.

2 years 8 months ago

This article was ver well done. I completely agree with many of the arguments made about how people over exploit a resource as though they are running a race and whoever catches the most fish first wins . I find that people can be a bit rediculous and need to realize that by catching all these fish it's causing more harm than good in the long run considering the fact that fisheries are closing down . In terms of the technology advancements it plays a huge role in how we fish because we can catch more fish and reel them in faster with huge nets and machines . This creates a more efficient way of fishing but it adds to the problem of the replacement theory because we don't give enough to time for this semi renewable resource to regenerate. The only thing I don't agree on is the separate fishing area for certain regions because it seems like a complex idea in the sense that other regions may argue about the area they get and that they should be in the same area as another country . Overall I really enjoyed reading your article and it raised a few questions in my head

2 years 8 months ago

This article was ver well done. I completely agree with many of the arguments made about how people over exploit a resource as though they are running a race and whoever catches the most fish first wins . I find that people can be a bit rediculous and need to realize that by catching all these fish it's causing more harm than good in the long run considering the fact that fisheries are closing down . In terms of the technology advancements it plays a huge role in how we fish because we can catch more fish and reel them in faster with huge nets and machines . This creates a more efficient way of fishing but it adds to the problem of the replacement theory because we don't give enough to time for this semi renewable resource to regenerate. The only thing I don't agree on is the separate fishing area for certain regions because it seems like a complex idea in the sense that other regions may argue about the area they get and that they should be in the same area as another country . Overall I really enjoyed reading your article and it raised a few questions in my head

2 years 8 months ago

Your article caught my attention mainly because of the fact that gmo's can be in the majority of food we eat and aren't labelled. I agree that we should know what we buy and what we put in our mouths , that should be our right. GMO'S in general are unpredictable because they can spread on to other crops which haven't been purposely sprayed with this substance which means that a lot of other foods that we eat can be contaminated with GMO's and we would necessarily know. It worries me to not know the exact ingredients I am eating and knowing that there safe to eat, it makes me wonder if this has been going on for ages . Overall I believe that crops should be regulated more frequently and contained to make sure that those specific crops are of GMO and they should be all labeled in stores to ensure that we are aware of what we are buying. Health comes first overall and we want to preserve ourselves for as long as we can without getting sick and dying , thus your article brings up important arguments that I think we should all take into consideration.

2 years 8 months ago

This article is quite interesting by the fact that it helps people to not over generalize the intention behind one sentence or one question and not stigmatize it. The concept of race being a social construct is something invented by humans during the seventh century until the ninth one in order to justify the socio-economical system of the time period (Smedley, 694-695). However, even if this concept is the product of someone’s imagination (supported by scientists and philosophers), it became anchored in our society’s mentality, which naturally tends to classify people in different categories. Indeed, the most common is ‘race’, which is prone to stereotyping. And form my personal experience; it could be frustrating to being told this question repetitively because of physical features considered as more ‘exotic’; while I was born in the same country of the people who were curious about my origins. It would be great if the author could have provide few solutions or alternative considering that this question of “Where are you from” is often perceived as racist, unpleasant or even awkward. People could say for example: “Where are you local”. This way people could talk about more than the origin of their skin color and still feel like they are being equal citizen of their country (for visible minority born in a country where Whiteness is a norm). This question can make any racial visible minority feel like eternal immigrant. I think that it is important to mentions that this question often asked is not necessary racist. However, bringing other options or various different ways to approach the subject could help our benevolent but often clunky society.

There no collaborative classes

About the author