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Course Syllabus


Revision Date: 18-Jul-24
 

Fall 2024 | INT-1050-VO23X - 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 10-21-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-09-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-01-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 15 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Faculty

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

Fall 2024 textbook/book 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-VO23X 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.


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.


Methods

METHODS AND/OR CONTENT:

Because this is an accelerated class, students need to be "self-winding", capable of completing work on time, and able to self-pace.

Instructional methods will include weekly online class discussions, and assigned reading, and writing assignments based on core course materials. We will use a variety of approaches, including films, videos, and recorded instructor lectures.

Some assignments will be available from week #1, which students will work on as time allows. These will be in marked Modules; they just need to be completed by the final week.

Other assignments will have specific weekly deadlines that must be met for full credit to be given. This includes regular Reading LOG (journaling) assignments, and online postings on our class Discussion Board.

Students will write short essays, including narratives, descriptions, and analyses, and complete reading logs.

Students will learn how to navigate the basic functions of CANVAS, and CCV's online portal.


Readings will include one longer work of nonfiction, essays, poems, articles, selections from the Dimensions Reader, and assorted handouts.


Evaluation Criteria

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS/CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION:

1. Satisfactory grasp of the Essential Course Objectives
2. Regular attendance and satisfactory class participation.
3. Satisfactory completion of reading assignments
4. Satisfactory completion of writing assignments and projects.
5. Satisfactory completion of quizzes & online discussion forums.


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
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 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

NOTE that this is a preliminary schedule ONLY, which will likely be altered before the start of the course.

#1 Sept. 3 - 9 Welcome, Introductions & Orientation to Dimensions

BEING LEARNERS, BECOMING A LEARNING COMMUNITY

· What is the First Semester Seminar? Who are we? (Goals, the work, the process, etc.)

· Orientation to the course and getting acquainted! (Instructor Lecture)

  • INFORMATION LITERACY: Introducing CANVAS
  • INDEPENDENT MODULES: Career and Library
  • SUCCESS SERIES: Starting out strong at CCV
  • Why History? & Whose History Gets Told? (article by Howard Zinn)
  • REVISIONIST HISTORY - The Risks of Education/Mis-Education
  

OER resources and article posted on CANVAS

The Dimensions Reader TEXT

On Tyranny TEXT

  

HOMEWORK - Due Monday nights by 11:59 pm unless otherwise stated.

See CANVAS for exact homework instructions and details.

Discussion Forum#1 – Our Introductions & Discussion

Log #1- The Gospel of Thomas, by Tom Shadyac, The Journey, by Mary Oliver, & The History Teacher by Billy Collins

INQUIRY #1: Succcess Skills/Developing Academic Skills- Using CCV Resources

·Course Basics QUIZ (NOTE: Module Week #2 will not open until this Quiz is completed.)

INDEPENDENT MODULES OPEN THIS WEEK. Work your way through these over the next 7 weeks.

MODULE B: INFORMATION LITERACY - I suggest you get started right away beginning with Part 1

· VSC LIBRARY Orientation Video: Part 1 -Evaluating Sources & QUIZ

· VSC LIBRARY Module : - Citations with QUIZ

· VSC LIBRARY Module : - Plagiarism with QUIZ

MODULE C: CAREER DEVELOPMENT: 3 parts.

· Set up your FOCUS 2 account

· Part 1: College & Career Exploration

· Part 2: College & Career Exploration

· Part 3: College & Career Exploration

 

2

INFORMATION LITERACY: AUTHORITARIAN IDEOLOGY & PROPAGANDA

Exploring History (continued)

Fascism in Europe

  

OER on CANVAS, articles and videos, The Dimensions Reader, ON TYRANNY

PBS Video The Story of Fascism in Europe

A virtual field trip to the US Holocaust Museum

  

HOMEWORK - Due Monday nights by 11:59 pm unless otherwise stated.

See CANVAS for exact homework instructions and details.

  1. Discussion Week #2
  2. LOG #2: Propaganda- A virtual field trip to the US Holocaust Museum 30 pts
  3. History Quiz: The Rise of Fascism in Europe
  4. INQUIRY #2: On Tyranny - Lessons 1- 5 Sep 23 20 pts
  5. Keep working your way through MODULES B & C independently.
 

3

#3 Sept. 17 - 23CIVIC LITERACY: Democracy, Tyranny & Human Rights

  • Virtual Field trip to US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • CIVICS- The Least You Should Know About Democracy
  • Tactics of Authoritarianism – Propaganda, Gaslighting, Censorship, Oppression
  • Essential Tenets of Extremist Ideology
  • TED Talk - The Source of Our Information Matters: Filter Bubbles
  • Misinformation: Social Media, Fake News & the Internet
  • Confirmation Bias, Echo Chambers, Journalistic Ethics & Conspiracy Theories
  

OER on CANVAS, Videos, articles, The Dimensions Reader, ON TYRANNY

  

HOMEWORK

HOMEWORK - Due Monday nights by 11:59 pm unless otherwise stated. See CANVAS for exact homework instructions and details.

  1. DISCUSSION WEEK #3
  2. QUIZ #3: US Government 101
  3. INQUIRY #3: On Tyranny, Prologue, Lessons 6-10, 20 pts
  4. LOG #3 - Spot the Troll, Journalistic Ethics, Fake News & Conspiracy Theories 20 pts
  5. Keep working your way through MODULES B & C independently.
 

4

Week #4 SEPT. 24-30 COLONIZATION & THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

Colonization/The Atlantic Slave Trade/The Middle Passage

Slave Auctions: Marilyn Nelson’s poem Realization

NATIVE AMERICANS - The Forgotten Slavery of our Ancestors

Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on African Societies

  

OER Resources, Articles, and Videos on CANVAS, The Dimensions Reader, On Tyranny

  
  1. DISCUSSION WEEK #4
  2. Log #4 George Orwell, Luther Standing Bear, The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors
  3. Quiz: About the African Slave Trade
  4. INQUIRY # 4: On Tyranny, Lessons 10-13,
  5. Quick & Easy EXTRA CREDIT - Respond to your Mid-Semester Evaluation
  6. Keep working your way through MODULES B & C independently.

 

5

#5 Oct. 1 – Oct. 7 THE STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN & CIVIL FREEDOM

HISTORY OF SLAVERY IN THE USA -Frederich Douglass Harriet Jacobs

Native Americans- Cultural Genocide

  

OER Resources, Articles and Videos on CANVAS, The Dimensions Reader, On Tyranny

PRIMARY SOURCES: Alexander Stevens, Frederich Douglass Learning to Read & Write,Harriet Jacobs:Harriet Jacobs Owns Herself

AMEND - Episode 1- Citizenship

  

HOMEWORK - Due Monday nights by 11:59 pm unless otherwise stated. See CANVAS for exact homework instructions and details.

  1. DISCUSSION WEEK #5
  2. Log #6 Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs
  3. INQUIRY #5 On Tyranny Lessons 14 -16
  4. Quiz: History of Slavery & Key Concepts
  5. Quiz AMEND Episode 1 "Citizenship"
  6. Keep working your way through MODULES B & C independently.
  7. Extra Credit - Slavery by Another Name
 

6

WEEK #6 OCT. 8-14 THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY: HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS

Perspectives on Racism

Reconstruction, Jim Crow, The Myth of the Lost Cause, The Great Migration

Voices: Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, Malcolm X, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Malala Yousafzai, Isabel Wilkerson

13th &14th Amendments of the Constituion

  

OER Resources, Articles and Videos on CANVAS, The Dimensions Reader, On Tyranny

NPR Interview with Professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates: Reconstruction

PRIORITY VIDEO - AMEND: The Fight for America "Resistance" EPISODE 2

Historian Dr. Heather cox Richardson on the 13 & 14th Amendments

  

ASSIGNMENTS- See Full List above under "WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK".

Due Monday nights by 11:59 pm unless otherwise stated. See CANVAS for exact homework instructions and details.

  1. Discussion Week # 6
  2. Log #6 Richard Wright, Malcolm X, Malala Yousafzai, "Jim Crow is Watching", & Maya Angelou.
  3. INQUIRY #6 On Tyranny Lessons 17-20
  4. Quiz: AMEND - Episode #2 "Resistance"
  5. Keep working your way through MODULES B & C independently
  6. EXTRA Credit- Isabel Wilkerson- The Warmth of Other Suns (on the Great Migration)
 

7

OCT. 15- 21 SOCIAL CHALLENGES: THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL FREEDOM - VOTING & ESSENTIAL DEMOCRACY

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1950's- 1960's

VOTING RIGHTS & VOTER SUPPRESSION

The Equal Justice Institute

VOICES FOR EQUALITY: Langston Hughes, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther KingsJr., Rosa Parks, Gregory Orr, Bryan Stevenson, Michelle Alexander, John Lewis

  

OER Resources, Articles, and Videos on CANVAS, The Dimensions Reader.

The Equal Justic Inititative Website- The Legacy Museum (Bryan Stevenson)

AMEND: The Fight for America EPISODE 3 WAIT

A Time for Justice (film)

The Brennan Center for Justice- Voting Rights & Threats to Democracy

  

ASSIGNMENTS-Due Monday nights by 11:59 pm unless otherwise stated. See CANVAS for exact homework instructions and details.

  1. Discussion Week # 7- A Virtual Field Trip to the EJI Museums
  2. Log #7 Gregory Orr, Langston Hughes, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. QUIZ: Voting Suppression in the USA
  4. Quiz: AMEND Episode 3 "Wait"
  5. INQUIRY #7: "A Time for Justice" film
  6. Finish MODULES B & C independently
  7. EXTRA CREDIT- LAST ONE! ONBEING Podcast with Bryan Stevenson: Finding the Courage for What's Redemptive. Bryan Stevenson with Krista Tippett: 50 minutes

 

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

Fair warning:

In this section of Dimensions, we will directly address some "hard history", including the global & US history of slavery, racial oppression, and struggles for human and civil rights in the USA, past and present. Our conversations will be political at times and the content can be disturbing. If you truly dislike these topics, I recommend you consider switching to a different section of Dimensions. That said, I have had numerous students tell me how grateful they are to learn this history and how it has motivated them to ask deeper questions about the challenges our nation is currently facing, to recognize that they have a part to play in making this country a fairer and kinder nation. I hope you will step up to the challenges this may present. I understand if you decide this section of Dimensions is not for you.

LOGISTICS -

  • The class will meet online through CANVAS (i.e. participate in online class discussions and interactive studies).
  • Note that completion of at least one Module activity or assignment is required for students to be considered 'PRESENT" that week.
  • However, this alone is not sufficient to earn adequate class participation points.

The course will start on Tuesday, September 3 and ends Monday Oct. 21 2024. Our final week begins Oct. 15.

CANVAS: There will be links on CANVAS in each week's Module directing you to that week's class content (what to read, watch listen to each week), and specific Assignments to complete, with time frames.

At all times, we will strive to be respectful and civil in our interactions.

Expectations for creating a positive learning experience will be posted in our first Module.

Absences:

Attendance Policy &Expectations:

Because this is an accelerated course, missing one week is equal to two absences for a semester (= 28.5% of our course) .

Missing two weeks is equivalent to four absences, or 42.86% of our class.

CCV's Attendance Policy (below) states that "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."

Therefore if you are absent more than once, know you are on thin ice in terms of being able to pass the class. MORE than two absences will likely result in an automatic fail.

If you do have to miss a week, please do the following:

  • Notify me as soon as possible
  • Submit all due work via CANVAS ASAP
  • Review the week's Module and assignments - email me if questions.

2. CIVILITY AND KINDNESS: At all times, we will strive to be respectful in our interactions, so that everyone can be heard and be as comfortable as possible.

Assignments Policy:

  • Assignments need to be completed on time to earn full credit.
  • Late homework has the following point deductions: 15% deduction for work 1-week late, 30% deduction for work 2-weeks late, and barring extreme circumstances (alien abduction), and I do not accept any work that is more than 2 weeks late.

EXCEPTIONS: LOGS ARE NOT ACCEPTED LATE,because they constitute preparation for class participation each week. DISCUSSION FORUM POSTS cannot be submitted once the week's Module ends, because this is an interactive assignment and classmates rely upon one another's posts to participate in the forum.

Homework assignments and "handouts" will be posted on CANVAS in the weekly MODULES.

Please submit all work in the format requested for that particular assignment. This may vary

Missing & Late Work Policy:

Student Work and Responsibilities:

Students are expected to regularly participate in online class discussions and interactive studies.

Complete each week's assignments and LOGS by deadlines. Discussion on the reading may take place in online discussion forums. The critical thinking questions in the LOGS are designed to increase your comprehension of the material.

It's a good idea to “reread” each passage for clear understanding.

Other Expectations

At all times, we will strive to be respectful and assure that everyone can be heard and be as comfortable as possible.

  • All absences can detract from your grade.
  • Whenever possible, notify me in advance of your absence.

Student Work and Responsibilities:

Keep up with each week's assignments, especially making the LOGS and Discussion Forums your priority. The critical thinking questions in the LOGS are designed to increase your comprehension of the material. It's good practice to “reread” each passage for clear understanding. You are also encouraged to do independent research about the passages under review.

Please make certain that you have the correct versions of these books, especially of the Dimensions Reader. We are using the 8th Edition, which differs from earlier versions!

TEXTBOOKS - all required. Used versions are fine!

  1. The DIMENSIONS Reader, 8th edition CCV ISBN# 9781506696959
  2. On Tyranny- Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books/Penguin Random House. ISBN # 978-0-8041-9011-4

RECOMMENDED: Some sort of grammar/English composition style guide. I like Elements of Style, by William Strunk. You can pick up a version of this classic on composition or something similar for help with writing. Cheap paperback copies are easily found at used bookstores, online, etc.



Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignments Policy:

All assignments need to be completed on time to earn full credit. Late homework has the following point deductions: 15% deduction for work 5 days late, 30% deduction for work 10 days late, and barring extreme circumstances (alien abduction), and I do not accept any work that is more than 10 days late.

EXCEPTION: LOGS ARE NOT ACCEPTED LATE, because they constitute preparation for our Discussion Forum Conversations each week.

Homework assignments and "handouts" will be posted on CANVAS in the weekly MODULES.

Please submit all work in the format requested for that particular assignment. This may vary.


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.