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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 18-Mar-24

Fall 2024 | INT-1050-VA01 - Dimensions of Self & Society

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 11:45A - 02:30P
Semester Dates: 09-04-2024 to 12-11-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 3 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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Cathy Sandvil
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV 1st Semester Seminar
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

In this interdisciplinary first-semester seminar, students make the transition to college-level academic culture. This seminar is designed to help students develop the learning skills and habits of success that will support them throughout their college experience and as they consider career pathways. Reading, writing, and discussion are central to developing an understanding of academic and societal responsibility. Students critically examine the relationship between societal values, individual beliefs, ways of knowing, and cultural worldviews.

Essential Objectives

1. Interpret, analyze, and evaluate a text and its sources.
2. Demonstrate foundational information literacy, research skills, and academic honesty necessary for academic writing.
3. Demonstrate effective written communication skills, including active engagement in asynchronous online discussion.
4. Apply effective strategies for building new knowledge and skills through reflection on learning preferences, challenges, and goals.
5. Identify possible career goals and educational pathways.
6. Examine social issues through the lens of the individual and society.
7. Examine personal assumptions and biases, and ethical impacts of decision making and participation in society.
8. Consider issues from multiple perspectives and discuss, debate, and defend ideas with clarity and reason as part of a respectful learning community.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

INT-1050-VA01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.



This class will be a combination of brief lectures, group discussions of readings, and a required research paper which will be presented to the class. Students will write response papers on selected readings. This class is very student oriented, and student led. Topics will be identified by the instructor, current events and student interest.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the following:


Percentage of grade

Self Evaluation


Attendance (1 point for each class)


Reflective Responses


Research Paper




Presentation of Research


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


1. September 4th

Introduction to Class

Cover course description / syllabus

Re-write Course objectives

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How to write a Response paper

During the class students will write and turn in a reflective response to the reading

Dimensions Reader textbook:

· I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman (you will write this reflective response paper in class)



1. September 11th

Present Ya Ya boxes

Discuss Being a College Student

(Successful Student handout)

Why participate in class?


Brainstorm on Research Topics

Begin TILT Tutorials

Perception – Gorilla video

Before class:

Prepare and bring in your Ya Ya Box to share with the class!!

After class:

Please write a paper about the day you were born. Weather? Economy? Family? Where did your name come from? What was happening in the news?

Write a paper about your perception of being a college student. Identify your strengths as a college student and identify your weaknesses as a college student. What specific areas might you need help with?



1. September 18th

Be Proactive! Own your responses.

Escalator video

VSCS Library

Before class:

Dimensions Reader textbook:

· Read “Thank You For Your Service”

· “Let America be America Again”

After class and due by next week:

Reflective response writings on “Thank you for Your Service” and also “Let America Be America Again.” – 2 papers

Write a reflective response with examples of reactive language and how to change that to proactive language. Please share at a minimum 2 examples.





Using the VSCS library

Discuss readings






Time Management



Relationships and Communication






Allegory of the Cave



Conflict and Change






Jobs and Resumes

Set up Focus2 accounts




Complete Career Services Modules






Self Evaluation

Finish Presentations

Wrap Up and Wind Down


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Participation – 15%

This class will have some activities, small group work and discussions. This part of your grade is based on your contributions during these activities. You can not just come to class and hold down a chair! Contributions need to be thoughtful, non-biased and pertain to the topic. There may be discussions and viewpoints shared that are different from yours, but this class is a safe place for all opinions and students will listen to each other respectfully even if you don’t agree. Your contributions to these activities are counted here.

Missing & Late Work Policy

LATE WORK – Occasionally, life interferes with getting an assignment done on time. For only the reflective response writings, you are allowed two class weeks when late work will still be accepted and graded. If you continue to turn in late work for more than two weeks, the late work will receive a zero grade. If there are extenuating circumstances that affect your ability to be on time with your papers, please speak with the instructor.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.