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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 11-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | INT-1050-VO12 - 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: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (1). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Carol Tashie
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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.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. 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-VO12 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.


This online class will involve a mix of the following:

  • Readings
  • Videos
  • Writing Assignments
  • Discussion Forums
  • Presentations

Flow of Semester

This Flow of the Semester and the Weekly Schedule (listed further down the page) are only guidelines and are subject to change based on the professor's assessment of the interest and needs of the students.

  • Section I: Discovering the Self
  • Section II: Short Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Section III: Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave
  • Section IV: The Hate U Give
  • Section V: Global Social Issues


· This is a college class and college-level behavior, attention, and engagement are expected of all students.

· Respect for all students, the professor, and for all points of view and opinions are essential components of this class.

· Effort and active participation are expected of all students at all times. Active participation includes contributing to all discussion forums, assignments, and group projects.

· Stretch yourself. This class is a foundation for the rest of your college career – the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

· Because this class is completely online, you will find all assignments on Canvas each week.

· There will be multiple assignments and multiple due dates so please plan on logging on to Canvas often during the week.

· Late submissions will be accepted for some assignments but you will lose points for each day an assignment is past due. If an assignment is not submitted on time, it will be marked with a zero (0) in Gradebook. Once the assignment is submitted (and is accepted by the professor), a grade will replace the zero. Please see below for more information on late assignments.

· You can email Carol (Carol.Tashie@CCV.edu) at any time if you have questions. You can also send Carol a message through the Canvas Inbox (found on the left side of Canvas in the green sidebar).

Final Portfolio

Students are responsible for developing a portfolio of skills to be turned in at the end of the semester. The final portfolio is a compilation and thoughtful analysis of the work and achievements students have accomplished throughout the semester and their relevance to future classes. The final portfolio is worth 10% of your final grade. Complete instructions and the due date for the portfolio will be provided on Canvas, but may include some or all of the following skills:

1. Engaging with classmates in meaningful ways

2. Understanding learning strengths and needs

3. Overcoming a difficulty or challenge

4. Using the VSCS Library

5. Accessing CCV supports such as Online Learning Center, Tutor.com, etc.

6. Exploring Career and Educational Opportunities

7. Meeting with your CCV Advisor and/or Financial Aid Counselor

8. Communicating in a professional manner

9. Getting out of your comfort zone

10. Explaining one more thing you are proud to have accomplished this semester

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation and Grading:

The following percentages will be used in evaluating your performance in class.

  • Attendance, Participation, Discussion Forums: 40%
  • Required Assignments (Written, Oral, Quizzes): 50%
  • Final Portfolio: 10%

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


Introductions and Getting the Semester Off to a GREAT Start!



Reading and Writing First Person Accounts


Readings from The Dimensions Reader



Windows and Mirrors - Seeing the World from Your Own and Other People's Perspective


Readings and videos in this week's module



Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences - Learning about how you learn



CCV Focus Two and Career Assignment



Short Non-Fiction



Short Non-Fiction



Jigsaw of My Life presentations



Jigsaw of My Life presentations



Allegory of the Cave



Allegory of the Cave



The Hate U Give



The Hate U Give and Current Events



Final Portfolios Due



Final Paper Due


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 and Participation Policy:

Attendance is based on your participation in the online requirements, as posted on Canvas. According to CCV’s policy, a student will be marked “present” for the week if the 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.”

Attendance is expected for all 15 weeks of the semester. Absences should be rare as you can participate in our class at various times throughout the week.

Attendance and participation (including all online discussion posts) are worth 40% of your final grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  1. All students should strive for submitting all assignments ON TIME.
  2. The only way to get full points for an assignment is to submit it on time.
  3. Anytime an assignment is not submitted on time, it will be marked with a zero (0) in GradeBook.
  4. Once the assignment is submitted and accepted (based on the criteria below), a grade will replace the zero.

Will Late Work be Accepted?

In the first half of our semester (week #1 through week #7), late submissions will be accepted only under these conditions:

  • Email Carol before the due date to ASK if a late submission of an assignment will be accepted.
  • If Carol agrees to a late submission for that assignment, a new due date will be assigned.
  • If the late assignment is submitted on or before the new due date, it will be accepted but points will be deducted for lateness.
    • The number of points deducted will be based on how many days past the original due date the assignment is submitted
  • If the late assignment is not submitted on or before the new due date, it will not be accepted at all.
  • Decisions regarding acceptance of late work will be based on a student's circumstances and how often that student has asked for an extension before.
  • A student who consistently submits late assignments may be denied a new due date for future assignments.

In the second half of the semester (week #8 through week #15), it will be much harder for a late submission request to be accepted. Decisions will be made based on a student's work in the first half of the semester and what extenuating circumstances the student is experiencing.

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.