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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 19-Jan-24

Spring 2024 | INT-1050-VO10 - 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: 01-23-2024 to 05-06-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Leah Mason
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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 no cost textbook or resource class. ***

INT-1050-VO10 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.



There will be a variety of methods for this online course:

  • Weekly online whole-class discussion forums
  • TED Talks
  • Videos
  • Newspaper articles
  • Learning style inventories
  • Assement surveys
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • Extra-credit assignments
  • Research project of the student's chosen topic

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria is as follows:

  • Written Assignments 40%
  • Discussion Forums (includes your post & responses) 40%
  • Research Project 20%

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


What is Society? What is Culture?


TED Talks:
The Power of Vulnerability


Discussion Forums:

Lets do Introductions

Unpaid Work


Logo Pictures ~ Extra Credit

Writing Assignments

The Power of Vulnerability



What does it mean to be in College?


Career Research Project Pages

7 Best Motivational TED Talks for College Students


Discussion Forums:

  • VSCS Library
  • Your Vision Board

Writing Assignments:

  • Letter to a New Student
  • Motivational TED Talks for College Students




Videos ~ Julia Dinsmore & Oliver Poems

Online surveys assessments


Writing Assignments:

  • The Cycle of Learning
  • Julia Dinsmore & Mary Oliver Poems

Discussion Forums:

  • Strengths Inventory
  • Learning Styles


Fears and Beliefs


TED Talk ~ 100 Days without Fear

Video ~ You Tube What Room Does Fear Have?

Emerson Quote


Writing Assignments:

  • What room does fear have?

Discussion Forums:

  • TED Talk response ~
  • Belief post
  • Topic Choice for Climate Change research project


Meaning of Life


On Being video

Unpacking the Knapsack


Writing Assignments:

  • White Privilege Reading response

Discussion Forum:

  • On Being Video
  • Climate Change Research Project


Equality v. Equity


VSCS Library ~ getting resources for research project, contacting library

You Tube Video Wealth Inequality in the U.S. Graphs

Washington Center for Equitable Growth Article :The distribution of wealth in the United States

Washington Post Article ~ If you thought income inequality was bad, get a load of wealth inequality


Discussion Forum:

VSCS Library resources

Wealth in the U.S.

Writing Assignment:

Income inequality



What do we know?


Video ~Did You Know?

No Labels ~ We Are America Video


Research Project ~ ongoing on your own

Discussion Forum:

Review We Are America

Did You Know



Think and Wonder


Po Bronson ~ What Should I do with My life Questions

Video ~ Would You want to be treated like blacks in our society?

Elie Wiesel Quote "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference"


Discussion Forum ~

Compare Elie Wiesel Quote to video

Writing Assignment~

Self Reflection essay on what have you Iearned so far this semester





TED Talk ~ What Book Opened your Mind?

Research Project

Video ~ Always Choose Love


Discussion Forum ~

Favorite piece of childhood story book

Response to TED Talk

Writing Assignment~

Response to Video Always Choose Love



Who is entitled to rights?


Research Project

PBS VIdeo ~Philip Levine interview author

What Work is Poem

Link Video What Native American Couldn't do before the '90's

Video ~Rights Women did not have before 1970's


Discussion Forum

Response to Philip Levine

Response to Women's Rights

Writing Assignment~

Native Anerican rights





Resaerch Project

Carol Dweck ~ The Truth about Ability and Accomplishment Slide Presention

Links to ~ Growth Mindset Quiz & Growth v. Fixed Mindset Quiz


Discussion Forum ~

Mindset response

Writing Assignment~

Carol Dweck's slide presentation





Research Project

TED Talk ~ Making Kindness Viral Orly Wahba

Life Vest Video ~ Kindness Boomerang

One Day Lyrics


Discussion Forum~
Response to TED Talk

Quote on Kindness

Writing Assignments~

"One Day" Creative Writing

Acts of Kindness Cards ~ Extra Credit



Self Care


New York Times article ~ How to be Happy by Sara Parker-Pope

TED Talk ~ Give it up for The Down State of Sleep ~ Dr. Sara Mednick


Discussion Forum~

How to be Happy response

Writing Assignment~

Response to TED Talk



Climate Change


New York Times Article ~ Joy in Action

TED Talk ~ How to Find Joy in Climate Change Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Research Project


Discussion Forum~

Response to New York Times Article

Response to TED Talk

Writing Assignments~

Annotated Bibliography



Endings & Beginnings


Research Project

TED TalkHow to Find Joy in Climate ChangeAyana Elizabeth Johnson

Climate Change Venn Diagrams



Discussion Forums~

Climate Change Venn Diagrams

Research Project Share

Writing Assignments~

Power Point Presntation Slides

Slide Write up & Learning Objective

Final Self Reflection


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.