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Revision Date: 23-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | INT-1050-VO13 - 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


Sean Dobbin
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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 no cost textbook or resource class ***

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


- Weekly Journals (these are opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge and for us to have a more focused, 1-1 conversation about your learning)

- Discussion forums (these are opportunities for you to interact and learn together with your peers (both whole class and small group)

- Readings and other media

- lectures

- Major Projects (essays, presentations, or other creative work)

Evaluation Criteria

25% - Weekly Journals

25% - Class Participation (discussion forums)

10% - Living, Learning, Working project

20% - Beyond the Single Story presentation

20% - Seeing Things Whole final project

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 Powerful Questions


How to Be an Awesome Contributor to Class Discussions (and Earn an A!)

Prompting Questions - A Cool Tool for Fostering Deeper Discussions


Discussion Forum: Introductions

Journal: Letter to Instructor

Quiz: Path to Success



School, Self & Society: What Shapes Your Academic Identity?


Sherman Alexie's Indian Education


Discussion Forum: "Schooled" Biographies

Journals: 1) Future "Schooled" Biography, 2) Primal World View



Working, Learning, Living: A Visual Explorer Exercise


Inspiring TED Talks about Learning, Working, and Living


Discussion Forum: Living, Learning, Working Visual Explorer Activity

Journal: Reflections on Working, Learning, and Living



Working, Living, Learning Projects


Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address


Discussion Forum: Stay Hungry! Stay Foolish!

Working, Learning, Living Project: 1) review the Overview and Grading Criteria, 2) Submit Finished Project



What is the Danger of a Single Story?


Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Week 5 Additional Required Resources


CCV Hartness Library Orientation

Dimensions Library Exploration Activity

Discussion Forum: The Danger of a Single Story

Journals: 1) Triangle, Square, Circle Reflection, 2) Wellness Check-In, 3) Initial Brainstorms about the Single Story Project



How Can We Deconstruct, Challenge, and Rewrite Single Stories?


Ava Duverney's film 13th

Tutorial: Evaluating Sources: TILT 3

Quiz: Evaluating Sources


Discussion Forum: Film Discussion: Ava Duverney's 13th

Journals: 1) Set up Your Checkology Account, 2) TILT Quiz and Evaluating Websites Activity, 3) Find Your Midterm Evaluation, 4) Single Story Project Update



How to Know What to Believe: Understanding Bias, Misinformation, and Arguments and Evidence


Checkology Lessons

Checkology Troubleshooting Guide (if needed)


Discussion Forum: Digital Forensics Challenge

Journals: 1) Checkology Lessons, 2) Social Media Misinformation Quizzes, 3) Single Story Project Update



Navigating Today's Information Landscape: Algorithms and Conspiratorial Thinking


Week 8 Learning Materials


Discussion Forum: Are Algorithms a Threat to Democracy?

Journals: 1) Checkology Lessons, 2) Reflect on Your Media Bubble, 3) Analyze a Conspiracy Theory, 4) Single Story Project Update



Single Story Projects - Rough Drafts


CCV's Understanding Plagiarism Tutorial

Using Sources: TILT 4


Quiz: TILT 4

Discussion Forums: 1) Crowdsourcing Techniques for Successful Source Citation, 2) Practice Citing Sources

Journals: 1) Single Story Rough Draft, 2) CCV's Plagiarism Tutorial Completion Certificate



Beyond the Single Story Projects


Beyond the Single Story Project: Overview and Grading Criteria

OWL: MLA Formatting Guide (if using MLA)

OWL: APA Formatting Guide (if using APA)


Beyond the Single Story Project: submit finished project

Discussion Forum: Beyond the Single Story

Journal: Wellness Check-in and Racial Autobiography



Dimensions of Race, Self, and Society (Part 1)


Hartness Library: Racial Justice Resources-3


Discussion Forum: Collaborative Research Activity

Journal: End of Week Discoveries



Dimensions of Race, Self, and Society (Part 2)




Discussion Forum: Virtual Wandering Flip Chart Activity

Journal: Reflections and Actions



Self and Society Current Events Analysis: The Russia-Ukraine War


Week 13 Learning Materials


Discussion Forum: Student Driven Discussions

Journal: Final Project Proposal



Seeing Things Whole Final Projects


Seeing Things Whole Project Overview and Grading Criteria

Thinking and Writing Strategies to help get you started with the Final Project


Discussion Forum: Thought-Partner Activity

Seeing Things Whole Project: Submit Finished Project



Seeing Things Whole Celebration and Course Synthesis




Discussion Forums: 1) Seeing Things Whole Project Celebration, 2) Course Synthesis and Looking Ahead

Journal: Note about Grades


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

Participating in class discussion and activities is an important aspect of college success. Therefore, I expect you to actively participate in all activities and discussions. This does not mean that you must always have something mind-blowingly brilliant to say or that you should always strive to be the leader of your group, but I do expect you to always be reading attentively, following assignment directions, making appropriate comments or asking questions when you have them, and helping your partner(s) when doing group work.

Missing & Late Work Policy

All deadlines for the work in this class are firm, with rare exceptions. All work not submitted by the due date is given a grade of 0.

Extensions are very rarely granted, but if you feel that you cannot complete an assignment by its due date, it is important that you communicate with me as soon as possible. Do not wait to email me the day before the assignment is due. I am much more willing to work with you if you show forethought and a genuine desire to talk to me about your work. As you will hear me say many times throughout this course, the most important thing you can do to assure your success in this course (and in college in general) is to communicate with your instructor in a timely and professional manner.

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.