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Revision Date: 12-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | INT-1050-VO14 - 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


Mike Sauro
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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.

Spring 2023 textbook 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-VO14 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.


  • Readings
  • Weekly Discussion Forums
  • Weekly Journal Entries
  • Culminating Unit Projects
  • Library Orientation Activities
  • TILT Assignments
  • Collaborative Research Activity
  • "Educated" Book Analysis Discussions
  • "Educating Rita" Film Analysis (in conjunction with The Allegory of the Cave assignment)

Evaluation Criteria

Students will be evaluated utilizing the following methods:

Discussion Forums (100 possible points each): Discussion Forums are a vital and required component of this course. This is the place where students learn and practice skills while building community with their classmates. It is expected that students engage with each week’s topics and skills-building activities as well as connect positively to their peers and the instructor. Students who regularly participate in discussions perform better on the major weight-bearing assignments associated with that unit. Please see Course Policies for more information about online Discussion Forums and how they impact the overall course grade. Discussion Forum grading criteria can be found in the course space in the "Student Information" module.

Weekly Journal Assignments (100 possible points each): Journals are scaffolding assignments that enable students to practice the skills needed to pass each of the major assignments. Students who complete these weekly journal assignments not only receive a higher grade in the class, they also perform better on the major weight-bearing assignments associated with that unit. Journal assignment grading criteria can be found in the "Student Information"module.

Working, Learning & Living Project (200 possible points): This project invites students to explore their interests, discover some of their qualities and skills (i.e. the superpowers you offer the world!), and engage in some fun and focused thinking about their future.

Beyond the Single Story Project (500 possible points): In her Danger of a Single Story lecture, Chimamanda Adiche argues that single stories “flatten” our experiences. Moreover, they foster “incomplete” truths and “rob people of their dignity” because they present a singular view or perspective of a person, group of people, place, or even a complex topic. This project invites students to think reflectively about “single social/political stories,” deconstruct them, and then build more “complete” narratives/truths. Students will share their findings with their peers in an interactive project.

Seeing Things Whole Final Project (500 possible points): This assignment invites students to review, explore, connect, and depict key themes and concepts studied in this class. Students will imagine that a publisher has just hired them to design a new cover for a Dimensions textbook. (Whoot Whoot!) They want an engaging cover design that depicts or represents key course concepts, especially as they connect to each other and reveal your experience as a student in the course. You will attend their next meeting with a copy of your proposed book cover, as well as a presentation that describes in great detail the rationale behind your design. (Another way to understand this assignment is to imagine that you need to visually explain what this course means to you.)

Allegory of the Cave and "Educating Rita" Project (500 possible points): Students will engage with and analyze Plato's Allegory of the Cave and compare and contrast it to the film, "Educating Rita." Students will reflect upon both sources and describe their own "cave" and how it can be eliminated.

Extended Reading Project: Educated by Tara Westover (500 possible points): Over the second half of the semester, students will read and analyze Tara Westover's Educated through participation in Discussion Forums. A final analysis paper will be required.

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


Student Introductions and Course Requirements


"Student Resources" Module

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entries


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


Selection from Dimensions Reader

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry


Working, Living, and Learning


Selection from Dimensions Reader

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry


Working, Living and Learning Culminating Project


Selection from Dimensions Reader

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry
  • Culminating Project Submission


Introduction to The Danger of the Single Story: Adichie's Single Story Lecture


Adichie's Single Story Lecture

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry
  • Library Orientation Activity


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


13th Video

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry
  • TILT Library Activity
  • Checkology


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


Checkology Lessons

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry


Navigating Today's Information Landscape: Algorithms and Conspiratorial Thinking


Videos: Introduction to Algorithms; Conspiratorial Thinking

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry


Collective Work on Single Story Projects

Library Skills Building


Understanding Plagiarism Tutorial

  • Discussion Forums
  • Journal Entries
  • TILT Activity


Beyond the Single Story Culminating Project


APA Formatting Guide

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry
  • Beyond the Single Story Culminating Project Assignment


Dimensions of Race, Self, and Society Collaborative Research Activity


History Matters: African American Library Resources

Hartness Library Racial Justice Resources

  • Discussion Forum Collaborative Activity
  • Journal Entry


Dimensions of Race, Self, and Society: Wandering Flip Chart


Student Discussion Forum Entries

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry


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


Various Readings on the War

  • Discussion Forum
  • Journal Entry


Seeing Things Whole (Part 1)


Project Requirements

  • Discussion Forum
  • Seeing Things Whole Project Assignment


Seeing Things Whole (Part 2)


Student Entries

  • Discussion Forums
  • Journal Entries
  • Course Evaluation

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

To earn full participation points for the week, students should:

  • Read the assigned material and demonstrate an understanding of those resources in your assignments and posts. Readings and resources should be cited using APA format.
  • Post an original response to the weekly prompt(s) before Thursday at midnight (11:59 PM) and a minimum of two responses to peers before Monday at midnight (11:59 PM). You are welcome to post early and/or more frequently, as your schedule allows, but you will not receive full credit if you do not meet these minimum requirements and/or deadlines.
  • Posts should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive post is well-developed, a minimum 150 words, and references the reading or another appropriate source. A substantive post is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinion.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignments are expected to be completed by the due date. Assignments will lose five (5) points for each day they are late, up to a maximum of 25 points. After two weeks from the due date, the assignment will NOT receive credit. NOTE: In case of illness, a copy of a doctor’s note will be required for full credit.

It is required that individual out-of-class assignments be submitted through the course space on Canvas. Assignments that are attached to e-mails will not be accepted.

Attachments must be in a Microsoft Word or Open Office format, with one of the following extensions: .doc,.docx (Microsoft),.odt (Open Office), .txt (WordPad), .PDF (Adobe Acrobat), or .rtf (rich text). Extensions that I am unable to open and will not accept: .pages.zip (Mac), .png, or .jpg.

Students who use Apple computers: Assignments must be saved and attached as a PDF.

Students who use Google Docs: Assignments must be saved and attached as a PDF or Word document. Please DO NOT send me a link to your Google Docs folder.

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.