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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 03-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | INT-1050-VO07 - 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


Tracey Forest
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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 low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Spring 2023 textbook details will be available on 2022-11-14. 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-VO07 Link to Textbooks 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.


Hello Dimensions Student!

As we begin our dive into Self and Society, I want to be clear with you on how you be ‘assessed’ or ‘graded’ or ‘evaluated’ this semester.There are certain skills and required knowledge that ALL sections of Dimensions are required to cover, regardless of instructor.These are called Essential Objectives and are found on your Course Description (under Syllabus button).

In my class, we will meet the essential objectives through a variety of methods, including your weekly postings and discussion forums, projects, quizzes and participation.For all of the below methods, there will be clear grading Rubrics so you can see how you were evaluated.

Here is a look at how the above methods will match the Essential Objectives:

1. Interpret, analyze, and evaluate a text and its sources.Weekly Canvas posts related to readings, video viewings, podcast and related internet research, also Hartness Library tutorials on evaluating sources

2. Demonstrate foundational information literacy, research skills, and academic honesty necessary for academic writing. Hartness Library Tutorials and Quizzes, Basic internet Research for Canvas Posts, Library research and writing for Projects, 2, 3 and 4

3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in both online and classroom settings. Three of the four projects are PRESENTED to the class. You will both post slides and for the final presentation, and you'll submit a video of you presenting. Also, you will be required to submit a written portion (an accompanying paper) for each presentation.Also, you will be required to submit a written portion (an accompanying paper) for each presentation.

4. Apply effective strategies for building new knowledge and skills through reflection on learning preferences, challenges, and goals.You will learn about yourself as a student, a learner and a team participant through: Multiple intelligences test and discussion/response, Learning Styles Inventory, Myers-Briggs personality test and responses

5. Identify possible career goals and educational pathways. FOCUS (CCV’s online Career Assessment tool) activitiesCAREER PATHWAYS PROJECT, Meyers-Briggs Activities

6. Examine social issues through the lens of the individual and society. ISHMAEL and POWER OF ONE, related posts and discussions

7. Examine personal assumptions and biases, and ethical impacts of decision making and participation in society.Readings, viewings, discussions, writings on Inequality and Implicit Bias; Socratic process

8. Consider issues from multiple perspectives and discuss, debate, and defend ideas with clarity and reason.Socratic Dialogue process through The Allegory of the Cave and Ishmael; Canvas posts and discussion forums will guide you to discuss, debate and defend your ideas and discuss with other students different perspectives; Multiple perspectives on social issues, such as Climate Change and food sovereignty will lead to the final project.

Evaluation Criteria

Here is the breakdown for my class:


Group Weight
Canvas Posts/Homework 25%
Personal Legend--Project #1 15%
Allegory of the Cave--Project #2 15%
Ishmael -- Project #3 15%
Final Project -- Project #4 15%
Final Reflections 5%
Quizzes 5%
Career Pathways Project 5%
Total 100%

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



Overview of the Class

Self Introductions

What is the SELF?

Library Intro

Intro to book #1, The Alchemist.


Begin reading the Alchemist, prologue-page 30. If you don't have the book, there is a link on Canvas to a PDF version. BUT this is a required book.

  • View a video on MindMapping
  • View a TEDtalk for assignment

1. Week One Discussion 1--This is Me! (Initial self-post and response to two other students)

2.Canvas Post #1--Mind Map and Autobiographical Writing




Personal Legends and Alchemy

  • Discuss Growth Mindset
    • Carol Dweck TEDtalk
  • Exploration of SELF-->Identity and Personality
  • Overview of the Alchemist
    • What is a Personal Legend?
    • What is "alchemy?"
  • REVIEW PROJECT 1 (Personal Legend Project)

    For your first project of the semester, you will be exploring and then PRESENTING, via a video or slide show, YOUR personal legend. Please click below to read the assignment. I recommend printing it out and having it near your work space. It will be due by Week Five

  • Hartness Library Tutorials
  • Growth Mindset Video
  • Meyers-Briggs Personality Test links to background and test
  • Continue reading the Alchemist.

1. Read second third of The Alchemist, stopping around p. 120 where it says, “the boy spent a sleepless night.”

2. Discussion Forum on Growth Mindset, Week Two (initial post and two responses)

3.Canvas Post #3. Learn about the Meyers-Briggs Personality Test, take it for yourself and post to Canvas your Response.

4.Canvas Post #4 (Week Two) includes reading and article and viewing TWO TEDtalks and responding.



The Alchemist in Depth

Time Management Activities


Finish reading the book

Watch TEDtalk


1. FINISH READING theAlchemist.ALL OF IT and be prepared for an easy reading quiz

2. Canvas Post #5--Week Three. Honing in on Our Personal Legends

3. Canvas Post #6-- Week Three. The Brain and Multiple Intelligences.

4. Discussion --Week Three on Jill Bolte Taylor TEDtalk on the Brain (initial response and respond to two others)

5. Begin to work on your PERSONAL LEGEND PROJECT (Due Week Five)



The Hero's Journey and Critical Thinking


Watch Videos on Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey


1. Take Alchemist Quiz on Canvas

2. Discussion about the Alchemist book

3.Personal Legend Project IS DUE POSTED NEXT WEEK

4. Canvas Post #7--The Inner Hero's Journey (Week Four)



Personal Legend "Presentations" and The Allegory of the Cave

  • Personal Legend Presentations--make sure to do your peer evaluations of others' projects.
  • How to read poetry effectively
  • Intro toAllegory of the Cave

Online Readings:

  • Background on Plato
  • Read the Allegory of the Cave
  • Assigned "How to Read Poetry Effectively" AND online Poems

1. Canvas Post #8 (Week Five) -Allegory of the Cave drawing

2. Canvas Post #9—(Week Five)—Poetry (Read and respond)

3. Discussion on the Allegory of the Cave (initial post and two responses)



The Allegory of the Cave and What ISReality?

  • Introduction to Project #2
  • Applying themes in Allegory to modern films

Online viewings and readings


1. Library Module

2. Canvas Post #10 (Week Six)--You and the Cave

3. Begin Brainstorming for Project #2

4. Discussion on Media and Reality (initial post and two responses)

5. Preparation for book #2, Ishmael (view website)



The Cave and Ishmael

  • Background on Ishmael and its themes
  • What is Socratic Dialogue?
  • Why are we reading this book?
  • Discussion of Major Concepts of the book: Leavers, Takers, Mother Culture

Online viewings and readings to understand the book


1. Prepare your Allegory Project.

2. Read Ishmael Parts One, Two Three and Four (p. 3-73) We will be reading this book over three-four weeks, so make sure to keep up (that’s about 60-80 pages per week, so break it into daily chunks of pages).

*for extra help understanding the book, visit the Wikipedia site given above.
3. Canvas Post #11 on Ishmael

4. NO DISCUSSION this week so you can focus on Allegory project.



Ishmael: Mother Culture and Captivity

  • Further Ishmael teachings and discussion

Read the book!

Watch an Assigned TEDtalk



2. Read Part Two ofIshmael, pp. 79-148

3. Discussion Forum on Ishmael (initial post and two responses)

4. Canvas Post #12-- Watch and write a response to the Wade Davis TEDtalk




  • Registration Stuff (below)
  • Introduce Career Pathways Project
  • Discussion on Ishmael in more depth
  • Intro to Project #3, a paper on Ishmael

Finish book

Read online articles and view online videos


1. Finish readingIshmael if you haven’t already.

2. Ishmael Discussion, Week Nine (initial post and two responses)

3. Begin to work on your Ishmael paper. Write Tracey a brief post about your ideas.

4. Canvas Post #13 (Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle)



Ishmael and I AM

  • finishing our discussions on Ishmael and focusing on your Ishmael Paper
  • View I AM film by Tom Shadyac

View Online Film

Read online articles for Discussion Forum


1. Creating a New World Discussion (initial post and two responses)

2. Canvas Post #14: View Film (feature length, so give yourself time)I Amand then write about it and compare it with the book in

3. Continue to Work on Ishmael Paper

4. Get started on Career Pathways Project



CLIMATE CHANGE (as our social issue)


Online videos, graphs and articles about Climate


1. FILM--We will watch a film (2016) Before the Flood
2. Discussion Forum, Response to the film (initial post and two response)

3.Submit yourIshmael Paper by next week.

4. Make sure to finish your Career Pathways Project (due in two weeks)



Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack—Privilege and Oppression, Racial, Gender and Climate Injustice

  • In-depth resources on the above
  • Introduction to FINAL PROJECT (due last week of the semester)

Online articles, videos and graphics to understand the week's topics.


No Canvas Posts this week! Instead, you will participate in TWO Discussion Forums

1. Discussion Forum sharing your findings from you Ishmael Paper

2. Discussion Fourm, Connecting the dots:ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM AND CLIMATE INJUSTICE (initial post and two responses)

3. LAST CALL FOR THECareer Pathways Project

4. Begin thinking about and researching who you might do your FINAL PROJECT on.



Eco-Anxiety and The Work that Reconnects

  • Teachings on dealing with eco-anxiety
  • Videos and readings on the Work that Reconnects

Online readings and viewings


1. Discussion Forum on the Work That Reconnects (initial post and two response)

2. Brief Canvas Poston your final project

3. Work on Final Project



The Way Forward

  • Regenerative Culture teachings

Online readings and viewings


1. Final Canvas Post (course reflection)

2. Work on your final Project, Project #4. DUE NEXT WEEK, no exceptions.





all late work must be submitted.


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

In an online class, it is essential that you actively participate every week in our discussion forums. It's one of the only ways we can create community and connection and share ideas. It is EXPECTED that you will not only make an initial post, but that you will also ALWAYS respond to at least TWO OTHER STUDENTS' posts in a thoughtful way.

Also, to fully participate each week is to submit every assignment, every week.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Late assignments can be submitted up to one week past the deadline. You will lose 10% each day that an assignment is late. After a week, it will no longer be accepted for credit.
  • Late work is not accepted in the discussion forum. Interacting with classmates is an essential part of online discussions and cannot be made up after the fact.
  • Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances. If a lengthy medical problem or other emergent personal issue will result in missing weekly discussions and/or assignments, please contact your instructor as soon as possible.
  • Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements with their instructor to complete assignments and participation requirements prior to the absence.

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.