Friday, December 14, 2018

December 14


You did the summative activity for the Authoritarian States unit. Each group was given previous IB exam questions and you had to prep for them using either Hitler, Stalin, Peron, Castro, Nasser, or Mao.

 Please make sure that you share your Google Docs/Slides with me as well (please give me editing powers so I can post on them on the wiki). Please share with my GMail account. Don't forget to make a copy of your finished product tomorrow (brochure, mini-booklet, etc.). Next Monday (December 17th) you will be writing a multiple choice test on the Authoritarian States unit. Please check out the study guide below to prepare for this test. 


This test has 65 multiple choice questions on it. The emphasis of the test is on Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR. You should review the following materials and concepts: 

  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Totalitarianism (handout notes)
  • Types of Political Systems (Google Slides presentation, it's on the wiki in the Democracies section)
  • techniques of DICTatorship (direction of popular discontent, indoctrination and propaganda, controlled participation, terror and force)
  • characteristics of authoritarian systems
  • review the political spectrum, the economic spectrum, and the economic-political grid
  • Stalin's Five Year Plans and collectivization
  • review Beer Hall Putsch, Nuremberg rallies, Night of the Long Knives, Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht)



Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December 12


Today was the first day of presentations in your "dictator conference groups". Tomorrow, you will move into these same groups again, and we'll hear from the Peron group first, and then the Nasser group. Please make sure that you share your Google Docs/Slides with me as well (please give me editing powers so I can post on them on the wiki). Please share with my GMail account. Don't forget to make a copy of your finished product tomorrow (brochure, mini-booklet, etc.). All groups should be ready to hand this final product in to me tomorrow. Next Monday (December 17th) you will be writing a multiple choice test on the Authoritarian States unit. Please check out the study guide below to prepare for this test. 


This test has 65 multiple choice questions on it. The emphasis of the test is on Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR. You should review the following materials and concepts: 

  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Totalitarianism (handout notes)
  • Types of Political Systems (Google Slides presentation, it's on the wiki in the Democracies section)
  • techniques of DICTatorship (direction of popular discontent, indoctrination and propaganda, controlled participation, terror and force)
  • characteristics of authoritarian systems
  • review the political spectrum, the economic spectrum, and the economic-political grid
  • Stalin's Five Year Plans and collectivization
  • review Beer Hall Putsch, Nuremberg rallies, Night of the Long Knives, Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht)


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 11


We started in the Blue Lab today getting ready for the presentations on Wednesday and Thursday. Tomorrow, you'll be moved into your "dictator conference groups" where there will be one member of each of the "dictator group". The Mao group will present first tomorrow to the other three group members, followed by the Castro group. Please make sure that you share your Google Docs/Slides with me as well (please give me editing powers so I can post on them on the wiki). Please share with my GMail account. Don't forget to make a copy of your finished product tomorrow (brochure, mini-booklet, etc.). All groups should be ready to hand this final product in to me tomorrow. Next Monday (December 17th) you will be writing a multiple choice test on the Authoritarian States unit. Please check out the study guide below to prepare for this test. 


This test has 65 multiple choice questions on it. The emphasis of the test is on Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR. You should review the following materials and concepts: 

  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Totalitarianism (handout notes)
  • Types of Political Systems (Google Slides presentation, it's on the wiki in the Democracies section)
  • techniques of DICTatorship (direction of popular discontent, indoctrination and propaganda, controlled participation, terror and force)
  • characteristics of authoritarian systems
  • review the political spectrum, the economic spectrum, and the economic-political grid
  • Stalin's Five Year Plans and collectivization
  • review Beer Hall Putsch, Nuremberg rallies, Night of the Long Knives, Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht)


I showed you a video on the connection between cheap oil prices and globalization today. I also showed you a video from CBC News in Review on e-waste in China. We also started doing an activity on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which we will start with tomorrow. 


I gave you time to work on your Chapter 9 Key Terms and Questions, which are due tomorrow. Your Chapter 11 Key Terms and Questions will be due next Wednesday (December 19th)


You're writing the Chapter 10 Test on Friday, December 14th. You only have to do questions 1-50 on this test. Please see the study guide below.


This test is multiple choice format, with 55 questions


  • Please review the PowerPoint "Political Challenges to Liberalism"

You're responsible for all key terms and questions from the Chapter 10 Worksheet. Please review the following as well: 
  • Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Structure of Canadian Government
  • Structure of American Government
  • similarities/differences between the parliamentary system and presidential system
  • types of dictatorships
  • techniques of dictatorships
  • authoritarian systems
  • proportional representation concept
  • first past the post system
  • review political and economic spectrum (again!)

Monday, December 10, 2018

December 10


We were in the Blenheim Room today getting ready for the presentations on Wednesday and Thursday. One week from today you will be writing a multiple choice test on the Authoritarian States unit. Please check out the study guide below to prepare for this test.


This test has 65 multiple choice questions on it. The emphasis of the test is on Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR. You should review the following materials and concepts:

  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Totalitarianism (handout notes)
  • Types of Political Systems (Google Slides presentation, it's on the wiki in the Democracies section)
  • techniques of DICTatorship (direction of popular discontent, indoctrination and propaganda, controlled participation, terror and force)
  • characteristics of authoritarian systems
  • review the political spectrum, the economic spectrum, and the economic-political grid
  • Stalin's Five Year Plans and collectivization
  • review Beer Hall Putsch, Nuremberg rallies, Night of the Long Knives, Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht)



We continued looking at the concept of illiberalism today. I needed to give you some historical context for the anti-terrorism legislation that was passed in Canada and the United States post-9/11, so I showed you some videos from the CBC News in Review series on the anniversaries of 9/11. We then proceeded to talk about the USA PATRIOT Act, and how it has been extended/renewed multiple times. You're writing the Chapter 10 Test on Friday, December 14th. You only have to do questions 1-50 on this test. Please see the study guide below.


This test is multiple choice format, with 55 questions


  • Please review the PowerPoint "Political Challenges to Liberalism"

You're responsible for all key terms and questions from the Chapter 10 Worksheet. Please review the following as well: 
  • Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Non-Democratic Systems (handout notes)
  • Structure of Canadian Government
  • Structure of American Government
  • similarities/differences between the parliamentary system and presidential system
  • types of dictatorships
  • techniques of dictatorships
  • authoritarian systems
  • proportional representation concept
  • first past the post system
  • review political and economic spectrum (again!)


We finished with the "Globalization and Sustainability" lecture today. I gave you some time to work on your Chapter 15 Key Terms and Questions.