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Revision Date: 18-May-23

Summer 2023 | INT-1050-VR01 - Dimensions of Self & Society

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 05:30P - 09:00P
Semester Dates: 05-22-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Brad Houk
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

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.

Summer 2023 textbook details will be available on 2022-11-28. 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-VR01 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.


The course objectives will be met through a variety of teaching methods and strategies that will address a diversity of learning styles and Habits of Mind which may include, but not be limited to: online class and small-group discussions, group and individual projects, film clips, literature readings, essay writing, presentations, speaking, teaching, collaborating, and other relevant assignments and fun activities.

Evaluation Criteria

Points (5–200) will be awarded for contributions and responses to: 1) Posts, threads, and discussions on readings, videos, and films; 2) Responses to classmates in online threads; 3) A research project; and, 4) Other relevant assignments, exercises, and projects. Be sure to always follow the instructions for each assignment. Complete all assignments by their due dates. If you miss the due date, move on to the next assignment and take the loss. DO NOT EXPECT LATE WORK TO BE ACCEPTED but always find a way to turn in your work no matter how late it might be without any expectation that will change your grade. Other rules include: 1) NEVER GIVE UP; 2) THINK DEEPLY ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER; and, 3) ALWAYS DO COLLEGE-LEVEL WORK. Meanwhile, for a general understanding of letter grades, please read the Letter Grade Criteria.

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, Setting Expectations and Norms, and the Hero's Journey


Due next week, 29 May 2023, upon entering class. Be prepared to discuss.

Section One: Journals, Memoirs, First-Person Accounts

Read, reflect, and respond:

Your first reading assignment are the following stories fromThe Dimensions Reader, between pages xi–80. If you do not have the book, just google the title and author, you can find these stories online in many places.

NOTE: Many of our readings have to do with dissent, alienation, oppression, and freedom. Look for these themes in all your readings and throughout this course.

1) "Learning to Read and Write" by Frederick Douglass

...Download Douglass Learning to Read and Write.pdf

2) "The Library Card" by Richard Wright ... or click on this: Download The Library Card.pdf

3) "At Last I Kill a Buffalo" by Luther Standing Bear ...

... or click on this: Download At Last I Kill a Buffalo.pdf

4) "Indian Education" by Sherman Alexie ...find yourself or click on this:

Download Alexie_IndianEducation.pdf

5) Read Layla F. Saad's book, Me and White Supremacy, pp. ix–28



Discuss Section One: Journals, Memoirs, First-Person Accounts


Due next week, 05 June 2023:, upon entering class. Be prepared to discuss.

Section Two: Poetry

1) Go to Poets.org and read their webpage,"How to Read a Poem". Pore over this page and study it. You will later apply it to the poems you read in Section Two. Then write one paragraph about what you learned.

2) Read all the poems (the play is optional), pp. 81–123, inSection Two:Poetry and DramafromThe Dimensions Reader.For those who do not have a copy ofThe Dimensions Reader, I will attach the titles and authors of the poems so you can look them up yourself and read them online.

3) Read, Layla Saad Part II.pdfDownload Layla Saad Part II.pdf, in case your book has not yet arrived ... but after this week you must have your book).


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

Class attendance and participation is essential and required. All students are expected to participate fully and respectfully and in a timely manner. To participate, students must complete all reading, writing, listening, and viewing assignments by their respective due dates. Our assignments and classes build on each other, therefore, it is important to keep up with the work. Do not fall behind. I expect everyone to try, to push themselves, to take risks, and to create a safe, nurturing, respectful classroom environment for everyone equally.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late work is not accepted as a general rule. Meet the deadlines. Our in-person class relies on well-thought-out, group discussions in our weekly threads. Failure to due the readings, listenings, viewings of the literature, videos/films, or podcasts/broadcasts undermines the spirit of the class and growth from the course. Keep up with the work. Meet the deadlines. And contribute to our discussions so the whole class can learn together.

However, if you want me to see your late work, email it to me or show me in class.

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.