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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 11-Apr-24

Summer 2024 | INT-1050-VO04 - Dimensions of Self & Society

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Susan Sanders
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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
  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 is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

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


  • online discussion threads
  • journals (informal writing)
  • videos on issues
  • readings, writing, and inquiry-base
  • career assessments
  • academic research and writing
  • creative self & society final power point

Evaluation Criteria



DB Threads




Works Cited


Final Project

C. Assessment 20%

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


Introduction to Class


1. Read Course all Documents in Week # 0 & Week # 1

2. Listen to my audio welcome to class

3. Read the PDF file

4. Post in the discussion thread: Introductions & Hitchens (PDF reading)

5. Post learning journal on the PDF file reading, this is in addition to the forum thread assignment



Overcoming Obstacles


1. Read pgs. 3-53 in Glass Castle & pgs. 87- 100 in The Dimensions-Section PDF file link in Course Resources

2. Post in the Discussion thread, 1st post due Thursday, the other by Sunday evening

3. Learning journal on one of the readings

4. Read or reread the Overview Grading Rubric for the Discussion Threads in Course Resources



Creativity and You


1. Please read pgs. 54-101 in Glass Castle & pgs. 12- 18 in the Dimensions Section One

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. Post learning journal

4. View the Creativity video



Sudden Shock


1. Please read pgs. 102-148 in Glass Castle & Kate Chopin's short story

2. Post learning journal on one reading

3. View Power Point on Kate Chopin

4. Post in the discussion thread



Challenging Assumptions


1. Please read pgs. 149- 198 in Glass Castle

2. Post learning journal

3. Post in discussion thread remember the 1st post deadline of Thursday & all others by Monday evening



College & Career


1. Please read pgs. 199-241 in Glass Castle & Alice Walker's short story link

2. View video

3. Post in discussion thread

4. Post learning journal

5. Complete the first career assessment, read setting up Focus 2 and complete the Focus 2 Part I



More on career


1. Please read pgs. 242-288 in Glass Castle

2. Post learning journal

3. Complete Career Assessment Part 2

4. Please view the Dan Pink video, titled Films on Demand



Strange Traditions


1. Please read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. View "The Lottery" video

4. Digital resource search

4. Post career assessment Part 3



Stepping into the Light

1. Please read PDF link "The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato
2. Post Learning journal on "The Allegory of the Cave"
3. View the 2 videos
4. Scholarly sources and evaluating sources


Topics and brainstorming


1. Please read Maya Angelou's "Graduation" link & view Adichie's TED talk

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. Choose your topic for the final which has 2 parts in the DB thread

4. Plagiarism and citations

4. Post Part 1 after taking notes, and brainstorming and revising your topic



Sherman Alexie


1. Please read Sherman Alexie's "Indian Education"

2. Please listen to Sherman Alexie's audio book

2. Post in discussion thread

3. Continue research for your final and PowerPoint

4. Library sources





1. Post your PowerPoint in the discussion thread

2. Respond to 2 of your peers or more!

3. Read the rubric for the Final Power point part 2 before submitting your Post Power Point in the link for a grade
Please make sure to cite all sources in your Power Point, this is considered plagiarism whether intentional or not. Thanks!

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.

Missing & Late Work Policy

The online discussion threads cannot be "made-up" if you miss a week of class.

There are 3 career assessments total spread out over a 3-week period and these must be

completed during that time period. You may submit your learning journal however if you did

not post in the online discussion thread but must submit within the week not after the

after the due date. If you miss more than two weeks of class, it is doubtful that you will pass.

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.