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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 13-Apr-24

Summer 2024 | INT-1050-VU01 - 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: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 09:00A - 12:30P
Semester Dates: 05-23-2024 to 08-08-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Susan Sanders
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ashraf Alamatouri

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 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.

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.


  • class participation
  • journals (informal writing)
  • videos on issues
  • readings, writing, and inquiry-base
  • academic research and writing
  • creative self & society final power point

Evaluation Criteria



Class participation




Works Cited


Final Project 20%
C. Assessment 20%

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


Introduction to Class


1. Read Course all Documents in Week # 0 & Week # 1

2. Introductions

3. Read the PDF file

4. Post in the discussion thread

5. Post learning journal on the PDF file reading, this is in addition to the discussion thread assignment



Overcoming Obstacles


1. Read pgs. 3-53 in Glass Castle & pgs. 87- 100 in The Dimensions-Section PDF file link in Course Resources

2. Discussion on readings/group work

3. Learning journal on one of the readings

4. Read or reread the Overview Grading Rubric for the Discussion Threads in Course Resources



Creativity and You


1. Please read pgs. 54-101 in Glass Castle & pgs. 12- 18 in the Dimensions Section One

2. Discussion on readings/group work

3. Post learning journal

4. View the Creativity video



Sudden Shock


1. Please read pgs. 102-148 in Glass Castle & Kate Chopin's short story

2. Post learning journal on one reading

3. View Power Point on Kate Chopin

4. Discussion on readings



Challenging Assumptions


1. Please read pgs. 149- 198 in Glass Castle

2. Post learning journal

3. Discussion on readings/group work



College & Career


1. Please read pgs. 199-241 in Glass Castle & Alice Walker's short story link

2. View video

3. Discussion on readings/group work

4. Post learning journal

5. Complete the first career assessment, read setting up Focus 2 and complete the Focus 2 Part I



More on career


1. Please read pgs. 242-288 in Glass Castle

2. Discussion on readings/group work

3. Post learning journal

4. Complete Career Assessment Part 2

5. Video, titled Films on Demand



Strange Traditions


1. Please read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

2. Discussion on readings/group work

3. View "The Lottery" video

4. Digital resource search

4. Post career assessment Part 3



Stepping into the Light

1. Please read PDF link "The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato
2. Post Learning journal on "The Allegory of the Cave"
3. View the 2 videos
4. Discussion on readings/group work


Topics and brainstorming


1. Please read Maya Angelou's "Graduation" link & view Adichie's TED talk

and Sherman Alexie's "Indian Education"

2. Discussion on readings/group work

3. Plagiarism and citations

4. Post Part 1 of Presentation: Essay on self and society

5. Continue research for your final and PowerPoint



Presentations & Reflections


Power Point Presentations

Reflection on the class

Next steps


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

You cannot miss more than 20% of the semester's classes which equates to

around 2.5 classes. If you miss more than 2 classes you risk failing.

Missing 1 class will lower your grade as well as missing homework assignments.

You are expected to show up on time and be respectful of your peers

and the instructor. You are expected to stay for duration of the class.

Points will be deducted from your participation grade if you are

absent, late or if you leave class early. If you are repeatedly more than 10 minutes late,

(more than 2x) you will be asked to leave since this is a class distruption.

There is a No Cell use phone policy in class. No texting, talking, or using

social media during our class time. You will need to use your phone to log onto the portal

during our lab time only. You will be docked class participation points if using your phone

other than to log onto the portal and if this continues you may be asked to leave the


Missing & Late Work Policy

Late work will not be accepted. You can submit your journals online

on Wednesday evening no later than 11:59 pm or give me a hard copy

in class when we meet the following day.

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.