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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 23-May-24

Summer 2024 | 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: 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


Brad Houk
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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 low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

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

Summer 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. 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.

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.


The course objectives will be met through a variety of teaching methods and strategies that will address a broad range of learning styles and Habits of Mind which may include, but not be limited to the following: 1) online class discussions through posts and replies; 2) reading literature from short stories to poetry to news artlicles to a full-length novel; 3) watching short videos and feature-length films; 4) listening to podcasts; 5) writing from short responses to longer essays; 6) completing a research project; 7) navigating library modules and accompanying quizzes; 8) completing a career exploration; and, 9) doing other relevant assignments and challenging activities.

Evaluation Criteria

Points (0–200) will be awarded for completion of assignments. Be sure to always follow the instructions for each assignment. Complete all assignments by their due dates. If you miss the due date, move on to the next assignment and take the loss. DO NOT EXPECT LATE WORK TO BE ACCEPTED but always find a way to turn in your work no matter how late it might be without any expectation that will change your grade. Other rules include: 1) NEVER GIVE UP; 2) THINK DEEPLY ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER; and, 3) always strive to do college-level work. Meanwhile, for a general understanding of letter grades, please read the Letter Grade Criteria.

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




Read Through All the Course Resources

Dimensions Career Assignment

VSCS Library Module

Communication Guidelines

Introduce Yourself

The Hero's Journey

Racial Justice Terminology

Ava DuVernay's Film "13th"

A Note Before Reading Layla Saad and a Recommended Book List

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, pp. ix–39





A Few Notes on Themes and Irony

Frederick Douglass and Richard Wright

Luther Standing Bear and Sherman Alexie

On Myths and White Fragility

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, pp. 40–83





Poetry Part I: Getting an Understanding and Seeing with Fresh Eyes

Poetry Part II: Applying Your Knowledge: Poetry Reading & Discussion

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, pp. 84–126

"White Privilege" first by Kyla Jenee Lacey and then by Peggy McIntosh





"Cuss Time" by Jill McCorkle

Habits of Mind and All About School, Work, and You

Empathy, Class, Race, and Caste

Socialization into American Culture

Me and White Supremacy, pp. 126–168





George Orwell and Shirley Jackson

Me and White Supremacy, pp. 169–210 (Finish the Book)

Socialization: Once You See It, You Can't Unsee It

Vermont's Great Retreat





"The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato

Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do?

a) "The Moral Side of Murder"

b) "The Case for Cannibalism"

Genocide Defined: Ten Stages





Watch Hyeonseo Lee'sTED Talk on her escape from North Korea

Read Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son,pp. 01–90

(Do not at any point research this book until we finish it in class. It is absolutely essential that you do your own work in figuring out this story yourself.)





The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, pp. 91–175

(Do not at any point research this book until we finish it in class. It is absolutely essential that you do your own work in figuring out this story yourself.)





The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, pp. 179–259

(Do not at any point research this book until we finish it in class. It is absolutely essential that you do your own work in figuring out this story yourself.)





The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, pp. 260–351

(Do not at any point research this book until we finish it in class. It is absolutely essential that you do your own work in figuring out this story yourself.)





The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, pp. 352–443 (finish the book)

(Do not at any point research this book until we finish it in class. It is absolutely essential that you do your own work in figuring out this story yourself.)





Watch the film, "Casablanca" (1942/43), directed by Michael Curtiz

(Do not at any point research this film until we complete the course. It is absolutely essential that you do your own work in figuring out this story yourself and various connections to The Orphan Master's Son.)



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

Class attendance and participation is essential and required. All students are expected to participate fully and respectfully and in a timely manner. To participate, students must complete all assignments by their respective due dates and post (and respond) accordingly. Our assignments and classes build on each other, therefore, it is important to keep up with the work. Do not fall behind. I expect everyone to try, to push themselves, to take risks, and to create a safe, nurturing, respectful classroom environment for everyone equally. It is also absolutely essential that no one plagiarizes and that NO one uses artificial intellegence (AI) to enrich or complete their assignments. No AI, period. Do your own work. That is how one grows. Grow.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late work is not accepted as a general rule. Meet the deadlines. Our online class relies upon each class member actively taking part in group discussions during our weekly classes. Failure to do the rassignments and respond to peers undermines the structure of the course. Keep up with the work. Meet the deadlines. And contribute to our online discussions so the whole class can learn together.

However, if you want me to see your late work, email it to me. I make no guarantees about your grade, but who knows? My email address is: bradford.houk@ccv.edu

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.