Phase 1

Week 1

Hey everyone I’m Victoria. I’m 18 years old and a 1st year criminology student here at York. Eventually law school would be an ideal for me but at the moment I’m not completely sure what I want to do as a career. I also consider myself to be quite the film, television, and book enthusiast (and whatever mediums of entertainment I can get my hands on). Creative writing has always been a hobby for me, eventually with a goal being to get behind a camera and make or take part in a short film at some point in the future. Some people I draw inspiration from and who put out content I really enjoy include (but are not limited to) Wes Anderson, Greta Gerwig, Emmy Rossum, and the band The 1975. But my opinions and interests change with the wind, so that list can be very different next week.

In terms of research for undergraduate students, I would say I’m far from an expert in that field, which is why I chose to take this course in the first place. Also for the fact that the class seemed very practical and applicable to life outside the classroom as well. Though through my years of school, a resource that has never failed me is JSTOR. JSTOR is a really easy to navigate online data storage of various articles, peer reviewed sources and primary sources. All of the materials I have come into contact with on this website are very high quality and I would recommend this resource to any student who is having trouble researching anything.

Week 2

The thing about opinions is that everyone thinks that their opinion is the right one. When of course as we know in reality this would be quite impossible. An opinion is a judgement that a person carries about a specific thing, which does not have to be founded in any actual evidence. Whereas a fact is something that is proven to be and is undeniably true. An opinion can be proven or dis-proven. On a different plane a matter of opinion is a belief that is impossible to prove of disprove because it is relative and unable to be measured. An example of an opinion would be, that you think it will rain later in the day, which can be measured as later in the day it will either rain or not rain, which will then become fact.

Week 3

The opinion piece I have chosen to centre my podcast episode about is “Police carding ought to be an anathema in a free society. How is it still up for debate?” written by Chris Selley for the National Post. This piece discussing the controversial practice of police “carding”, and how he believes that this practice is harmful. The practice of police carding, is when a police office approaches an average citizen, who is under no suspicion and requests that they fill a personal information form about them self. This information is then stored away, until the police have reason to use it.

In his written work, Chris Selley claims that this practice incites the idea within the public that the police do not trust them. Selley argues that carding has done little to nothing in regards to having a higher crime reduction rate. Selley also believes that certain people are being specifically and unfairly targeted by police “carding”, and these people are typically black youth. The overall stance on the issue that Chris Selley expresses in his opinion piece is that, police carding in Canada is an inherent negative practice that does little in the way of crime prevention, while also successfully (and unfortunately) alienating a large community of minorities.

Week 4

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