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Revision Date: 28-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | INT-1050-VO08 - 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


Francinne Valcour
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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 course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Spring 2023 textbook/book 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-VO08 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

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

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.



· Regular writing assignments

· Activities to promote creative thinking

· Introduction to CCV online resources

· Self assessments of study skills and areas of strength in multiple intelligences

· Reflections and writings on assigned readings

· Self reflections on personal growth

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria:

Class Participation (including discussion posts) 25%

Weekly Assignments (reflection paper) 45%

Educational Autobiography 5%

Final Portfolio 25%


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




The Road Not Taken (on Canvas)


Reflection Paper 1

Canvas Discussion



Exploring Your Potential: Harnessing Your Learning Style


“How Resilience Works” (on Canvas)

“Indian Education” (The Dimensions ReaderPg. 29)


Reflection Paper 2

Canvas Discussion

Rough Draft of Educational Autobiography



Exploring Your Potential: Grit and Mindset


“The Truth about Grit” (on Canvas)

“The Truth About Ability and Accomplishment” (on Canvas)

“Obvious Questions Don’t have Obvious Answers”(The Dimensions ReaderPg. 151)


Reflection Paper 3

Canvas Discussion



Exploring Your Potential and Your Personality: Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking


“The 10,000 Hour Rule” (The Dimensions ReaderPg. 394)


Reflection Paper 4

Canvas Discussion

Educational Autobiography Final Draft



What Makes a Leader: Emotional Intelligence


“What Makes a Leader” (on Canvas)

“The Graduation” (The Dimensions Reader)

“The Scholarship Jacket” (The Dimensions Reader)


Reflection Paper 5

Canvas Discussion



Making Things Happen: Goal Setting and Personal Success Plan


“Without a Net” (The Dimensions Reader)


Reflection Paper 6

Canvas Discussion

Career Research Paper Part 1



The Allegory of the Cave


“The Allegory of the Cave”(The Dimensions Reader)

The Glass Castle


Reflection Paper 7

Canvas Discussion

Career Research Paper Part 2



Generation Like


The Glass Castle

“Is Facebook Making us Lonely?”

“The Future of Digital Marketing is You.”


Reflection Paper 8

Canvas Discussion

Career Research Paper Part 3



The Glass Castle


The Glass Castle

“Should People be Required to Obtain a License Before Becoming Parents?”


Reflection Paper 9

Canvas Discussion

Career Research Paper Part 4



The Glass Castle:
Welcome to Welch


The Glass Castle


Reflection Paper 10

Canvas Discussion

Career Research Paper Part 5



The Glass Castle


The Glass Castle


Reflection Paper 11

Canvas Discussion

Career Research Paper Rough draft



A Class Divided


“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (The Dimensions ReaderPg 250)


Reflection Paper 12

Canvas Discussion

The Glass CastleSymbolism



Presenting Yourself


Reflection Paper 13

Canvas Discussion

Research Paper Final draft



Pulling it All Together and Reflecting


Reflection Paper 14

Canvas Discussion

Research Paper Presentation



Reflecting on your Classmate’s Work


Reflection Paper 15

Canvas Discussion


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


  • Attendance is based on students’ participation in class through the Canvas discussion forum or submission of the weekly reflection. If you do not participate in the weekly discussion forum or turn in work, you are considered absent for the week.
  • Three absences may result in a failing grade.

    Discussion Forum

    The discussion forum is a vital component of the learning process. It is a chance for students to synthesize new material, respond to questions about topics and communicate with our fellow students. We cannot have a lively conversation if students do not participate, participate late or participate half-heartedly. For these reasons, students should craft thoughtful contributions and not wait until the last moment to post.

    How much are the discussion forums worth in the final grade?

    The weekly discussion forums are worth 25% of your final grade.

    What are the criteria for the weekly discussion forum?


    • Your initial post must beAT LEAST300 words long
    • In your post you must:
      • Use information from class content
      • Prove that you have completed the assigned readings
      • Synthesize information
      • Evaluate resources
      • Reference key concepts
      • Write an additional question based on the readings/material for the Discussion. A classmates will be choosing one of the questions posed by a fellow classmate for the second discussion posting.
    • I suggest that you craft your post in a document, spell check it and then paste it into Canvas. This way if there is a glitch in technology you will still have a copy of your work.
    • Share what you are comfortable in sharing but remember that your classmates will be reading your posts.
    • If you use a direct quote or paraphrase from a source, please cite it using MLA citation.
    • Check back after your reply to see if I or another student has replied and posted additional questions for you to answer.


    • You must respond toAT LEASTone of your classmates’ questions.
    • Read all the posts from your classmates before you choose which to answer.
    • Your answer must be at least 100 words.

    Posts – late or missing

    • Your participation in discussion helps determine your attendance. It is imperative that you post each week. You will be counted absent if you do not contribute to the forum and do not hand in the weekly reflection.
    • If you miss a week you may NOT go back and post in a previous week. You will NOT receive credit if you go back.

    How is the grade determined for the weekly discussion forum?

    See guidelines for grading in the important documents section of Canvas.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Each week you will find a description of that week’s assignment. Often the weekly assignment includes a reflection paper (see reflection paper guidelines for details).

Weekly assignments are due Sunday by 11:59pm

Students will lose 5% per day that assignments are late (and I will only accept assignments up to one week after the due date).

I encourage you to not wait until the last day to work on your weekly assignment. These assignments are meant for you to show that you have completed the reading and synthesized the information. Rushed work often reflects a student’s inability to synthesize due to time restraints.

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.