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INT-1050-VG02 - Dimensions of Work

Synonym: 160536
Location: Bennington
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 09:00A - 12:30P
Semester Dates: 05-24-2017 to 08-09-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Elizabeth McHale | View Faculty Credentials

Materials/Lab Fees: $15.00
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Course Description:

In this first-semester seminar, students read, discuss, and think critically about written and visual texts in biography, history, and the social sciences. Beginning with the self and then drawing upon others' experiences, knowledge, and representations of the world, students develop and apply 21st-century skills necessary for lifelong learning and active participation in a diverse community. Central to the course is developing an understanding of academic freedom and responsibility.

Essential Objectives:

1. Read and interpret various texts, written and visual, in order to explore the author’s intended purpose and audience.
2. Employ effective techniques for analyzing a text and its sources, such as identifying themes and main ideas, recognizing supporting evidence and underlying assumptions, and describing the different contexts or perspectives that inform our understanding of texts.
3. Identify stylistic elements in selected works and articulate the effect such elements can have on a reader, viewer, or other audience member.
4. Discuss individual roles and responsibilities in relation to academic freedom, intellectual property, service to the community, and citizenship.
5. Demonstrate foundational information literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills (e.g. distinguishing facts from opinions, valid from invalid statements, reasons from conclusions, and relevant from irrelevant data).
6. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in structured written assignments, online and classroom discussion, presentations, and small group learning.
7. Apply effective strategies for building new knowledge and skills, reflecting on his or her preferences for learning, identifying potential challenges, and developing a plan for addressing those challenges.
8. Discuss relationships of the individual and society in relation to paid and unpaid work and the concept of leisure time, exploring how issues of power and authority can impact decision making and participation in society.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

In addition to course texts, students need a good-sized three-ring binder (with dividers) for their Dimensions Notebook.


This is a reading, research, and discussion-based class. Students will participate in interactive lessons; engage in creative problem-solving activities; conduct online research; write short responses and reflections; engage in small group activities; view and analyze films; and listen to audio recordings.

Active participation will be critical for student success.

Evaluation Criteria:

Active participation in class activities and discussions.

Satisfactory completion of all assignments.

Meeting the attendance policy.

Submitting assignments on due dates. Assignments turned in late (after the date due) will receive a lower grade. When you are absent, you are still responsible for getting your work turned in on that date.

There are no formulas of percentages for the various parts of the course. It all matters, and all assignments must be completed to pass.

Grading Criteria:

A through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or better).

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Summer 2017 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

Steppenwolf A Novel, ISBN: 9780312278670, Picador   $14.45

The Dimensions Reader, ISBN: 9781581528657, XANEDU   $39.07

Attendance Policy:

This course relies heavily on both in-class and online participation, which means that regular attendance will be critical to the quality and success of the course for you and your class members. More than two absences will result in a failing grade. Always communicate with your instructor if you will be absent and make arrangements to turn in your work by the date due.

Please plan to come on time and stay until the end of class. Coming late or leaving early will be considered half an absence.


Contact Faculty:

Email: Elizabeth McHale
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Janet Groom

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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