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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 06-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | INT-1050-VO05 - 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: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - 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

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 (both in class and online) are central to developing an understanding of academic and societal responsibility. Students will start by analyzing personal beliefs and styles of thinking and then begin to look at how others and society view core concepts such as power, dissent, alienation, oppression, and freedom.

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 oral and written communication skills in both online and classroom settings.
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.

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 ***

INT-1050-VO05 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information 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.

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

2. Listen to my audio welcome

3. Read the PDF file on Free Speech by C. Hitchens

4. Post in 2 discussion threads: Introductions & C. 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 The Glass Castle (keep track of the pages if you are reading the e-book)

2. Please read pgs. 87-100 in the First Section of the Dimensions Reader housed in Course Resources

3. Post learning journal

4. Post in the discussion thread, 1st post due Thursday, the other by Sunday evening



Family dynamics


1. Please read pgs. 54-101 in The Glass Castle, (remember to keep track of the pages if reading the ebook)

2. Post in the discussion thread

2. Post learning journal

3. Continue to peruse the Hartness Library Resources

4. View the Creativity video



The short story


1. Please read pgs. 102-148 in Glass Castle & PDF "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. Post learning journal on one of the assigned readings of your choice

4. View Power Point on Kate Chopin



Living and working


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

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. Post learning journal

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

5. Complete Career Assessment Part 1



Exploring Career choices


1. Please read pgs. 199-241 in Glass Castle & the PDF "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. View video

4. Post learning journal

5. Complete the Career Assessment Part 2



Reflection on career


1. Please read pgs. 242-288 in Glass Castle & Anne Lamott's "Short Assignments" & "Shitty First Drafts"pgs. 15-22 in the PDF version of The Dimensions Reader in Course Resources

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. Post learning journal on one of the readings

4. Complete Career Assessment Part 3



Strange rituals


1. Please read PDF link, S. Jackson's "The Lottery"

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. View "The Lottery" video

4. Complete TILT # 3 tutorial

5. Take TILT quiz # 3



Stepping into the Light

1. Please read PDF of Plato's "the Allegory of the Cave"
2. Post in the discussion thread
3. Post Learning journal on the Allegory of the cave
4. View the 2 videos
5. Choose your topic/issue for your presentation




1. Please read the PDF file, "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell

2. Listen to the audio of MLK's "I have a dream" speech

3. Post in the discussion thread

4. Post in the Presentation Part 1

5. Start research after completing Presentation Part 1

6. Reach out to a librarian for help with research (optional)



Stages of Education


1. Please read "Indian Education" by Sherman Alexie

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. Listen to audio of "Indian Education"

4. View video on Alexie

5. Continue research for your final and PowerPoint



Assumptions & Reality


1. Please read pgs. 35-45 in the Dr textbook or the embedded PDF link (they are the same reading)

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. View Evaluating sources link, on your own

4. Continue working on your Power Point presentations & reread the directions embedded under the directions

Study the link for Power Point for grade to see how you are scored on this assignment



Poetry & Its Power


1. Please read the poems which are embedded in this week by title

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. Continue working on your Power Point presentations

4. View video of poetry



Presentation Time


1. Post your PowerPoint in the discussion thread

2. Post to 2 of your peers in the discussion thread

3. View the 2 videos on implicit bias



Final Reflection and next steps


1. Reflect on the ground you have gained this semester

2. Post in the discussion thread

3. View video and connect this with your next steps in college and post a journal reflection

4. Complete the final evaluations, look for Course Evaluations


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.

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.