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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 30-May-23

Summer 2023 | INT-1050-VO06S - Dimensions of Self & Society

Synchronous Class

Synchronous courses are delivered through a combination of online and regularly-scheduled Zoom sessions. In synchronous classes, students must attend Zoom sessions and actively engage with each other and faculty in course activities and discussions.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Synchronous Section: This course has schedule meeting dates and times online via Zoom. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
In-Person Meeting Day/Times via Zoom: Tuesday, 05:30P - 07:30P
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


James Wyman
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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 ***

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


Teaching Methods for this course are as listed but not limited to the following:

- Small Breakout Discussions.

- Whole Class Discussions.

- Mini-Class Lectures/Presentations.

- Individual Zoom Conferences.

- Video Presentations.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Methods for this course are as follows:

25% - Weekly Written Response Papers.

25% - Weekly Online Discussion Forums.

20% - Participation/Attendance.

30% - Personal Essay.

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


Ice Breaker Activities


Introduce readings and student resources.


Response Paper for reading and Discussion of readings with replies to classmates.



Small breakout discussion groups, Class discussion of readings and responses. Introduce Term Paper.


Introduce short story/essay. Biography of author.


Readings of short story and essay. Drafting of Term Paper Outline. Writing Process.



Examine relationship of author's intent and biography. Discuss story and rhetorical strategies of reading assignments.


Speeches relating to social issues.


Response Papers. Discussions online. Draft of Term Paper Outline.



Social issues relating to current events.


Short stories and essays.


Response papers to readings and online discussion of prompts concerning social issues.



Poetry and poetic devices.


Contemporary poets with poems relating to current social issues.


Weekly Response Paper, Weekly Discussions, Term Paper.



Relationship of literature in an historical context


Short stories: fiction and nonfiction.


Written analysis of stories and authors relative to their historical context.



Issues of Women's Right to Vote.


Speeches and essays relating to women's right to vote


Weekly Response Paper of week's topic. Class discussion of reading's and author's historical context.



Science fiction and its role in technology today. Term Paper Draft.


Contemporary short stories of science fiction.


Weekly response papers, online discussions, and class discussions.



Establishment of Personal self identification.


Short stories and essays.


Weekly response papers, online discussion, and in class discussions.



Edited draft of Term Paper. Philosophical Rhetoric.


Ancient Greek philosophy.


Weekly response paper, online discussion and in class discussion.



Review of Term Paper. Writing lab. Role of individual in society.


Essays and Short stories.


Weekly response paper, on line discussions, and in class discussions.



Presentation of Term Paper. Review of Topics read.


Celebration of course completion. Discussion of the future.


Presentation and Celebration.


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

All students are expected to participate in small group and class discussions in order to receive a grade for "Participation."

Missing & Late Work Policy

All work must be passed in when due. To receive credit for late work, the student must notify the teacher before the work is due.

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.