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Revision Date: 15-Jul-24
 

Fall 2024 | INT-1050-VM02 - 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: Montpelier
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: 13 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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Faculty

Jennifer Brown
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Gundy

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV 1st Semester Seminar
    Note
  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, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Fall 2024 textbook/book 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-VM02 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

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.


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Methods

  • in-class and at-home reading across several genres (fiction, memoir, poetry, graphic/comic art, research-based reportage, argument)
  • small and large group discussions based on reading assignments
  • journaling, creative writing, doodling/drawing/non-verbal exploration (may include audio/video forms)
  • virtual discussion, posting & commenting
  • formal writing incorporating analysis, research, & citation

Evaluation Criteria

This course employs a total points system of evaluation.

Course-wide total points = 1500 (100/week x 15 weeks)

Completed homework = 25-50 per assigment

In-class participation = 25-50 per class meeting

External writing assigments = 100-300 per final version


Grading Criteria

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

 HighLow
A+10098
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 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Welcome! Introduction to Dimensions of Self & Society

  

100 Demons, by Lynda Barry

Intimations, by Zadie Smith

  

We'll take some time during our first class meeting to learn about each other and contemplate the journey we'll take together during the semester.

  • Introductions
  • How does this class work?
  • What's an Educational Autobiography? (with examples)

In-class writing: Educational Autobiography

In-class reading: from 100 Demons, by Lynda Barry

Homework:

  • revise and polish your Educational Autobiography to turn in formally by Week 2's class meeting
  • read the Foreword through page 36 of Intimations, by Zadie Smith
  • reflection questions in journal; choose one to share with class

 

2

Ways of Reading

  

Intimations, Zadie Smith

100 Demons, Lynda Barry

  
 

3

Ways of Responding to Readings: Old-school & New-school

  

Intimations, Zadie Smith

100 Demons, Lynda Barry

  
 

4

Self & Society in Fictional Stories

  

Kindred, Octavia Butler

  
 

5
  

Kindred, Octavia Butler

  
 

6
  

Kindred, Octavia Butler

  
 

7
  

Kindred, Octavia Butler

  
 

8

Selves and Societies in Researched Nonfiction

  

The Secret Life of Groceries, Benjamin Lorr

  
 

9
  

The Secret Life of Groceries, Benjamin Lorr

  
 

10
  

The Secret Life of Groceries, Benjamin Lorr

  
 

11
  

The Secret Life of Groceries, Benjamin Lorr

  
 

12
  

The Secret Life of Groceries, Benjamin Lorr

  
 

13

Drawing toward an End: Reflecting on the course, what are our take-aways?

  

Plato's Allegory of the Cave

  

Short Researched Argument Paper Due

 

14

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: where your path leads from here

    
 

15

The End: Journal Presentations

    

"Best of the Journal": oral/visual presentation

 

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

As an entry-point to the college experience, this course teaches active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. We will work together to develop, practice, and become comfortable with the skills you'll need to navigate your college courses. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas at the mid-point and the end of the semester. For the purposes of this course, then, "active and thoughtful engagement" includes the following commitments from you:

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session
  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments before the start of class
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work

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.