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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 15-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | INT-1050-VU03 - 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: Wednesday, 03:00P - 05:45P
Semester Dates: 09-04-2024 to 12-11-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 2 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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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.


  • 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




1. Read over all course Documents in Week # 0 & Week # 1

2. Introductions, class norms and group work

3. Read the PDF file on Free Speech by C. Hitchens

4. Post learning journal on the PDF file reading



Overcoming Obstacles


1. Read pgs. 3-53 in The Glass Castle (keep track of the pages if you are reading the e-book)

2. Please read pgs. 87-100 in the First Section of the Dimensions Reader housed in Course Resources

3. Post learning journal

4. Class discussion, & computer work



Family dynamics


1. Please read pgs. 54-101 in The Glass Castle, (remember to keep track of the pages if reading the ebook)

2. Class discussion, small group work & computer lab

2. Post learning journal

3. Continue to peruse the Hartness Library Resources

4. View the Creativity video



The short story


1. Please read pgs. 102-148 in Glass Castle & PDF "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin

2. Class discussion

3. Post learning journal on one of the assigned readings of your choice

4. View Power Point on Kate Chopin



Living and working


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

2. Class discussion

3. Post learning journal

4. Post in discussion thread remember the 1st post deadline of Thursday & all others by Monday evening

5. Complete Career Assessment Part 1



Exploring Career choices


1. Please read pgs. 199-241 in Glass Castle & the PDF "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker

2. Class discussion

3. View video

4. Post learning journal

5. Complete the Career Assessment Part 2



Reflection on career


1. Please read pgs. 242-288 in Glass Castle & Anne Lamott's "Short Assignments" & "Shitty First Drafts"pgs. 15-22 in the PDF version of The Dimensions Reader in Course Resources

2. Class discussion

3. Post learning journal on one of the readings

4. Complete Career Assessment Part 3



Strange rituals


1. Please read PDF link, S. Jackson's "The Lottery"

2. Class discussion

3. View "The Lottery" video

4. Start compiling research for Works Cited page



Stepping into the Light

1. Please read PDF of Plato's "the Allegory of the Cave"
2. Class discussion
3. Post Learning journal on the "the Allegory of the Cave"
4. View the 2 videos
5. Finish Works Cited page




1. Please read the PDF file, "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell

2. Listen to the audio of MLK's "I have a dream" speech

3. Class discussion

4. Start working on Power Points save to Office 365



Stages of Education


1. Please read "Indian Education" by Sherman Alexie

2. Class discussion

3. Listen to audio of "Indian Education"

4. View video on Alexie

5. Continue research for your PowerPoint



Assumptions & Reality


1. Please read pgs. 35-45 in the Dr textbook or the embedded PDF link (they are the same reading)

2. Class discussion

3. View Evaluating sources link, on your own

4. Continue working on your Power Point presentations

Study the link for Power Point for grade to see how you are scored on this assignment



Poetry & Its Power


1. Please read the poems which are embedded in this week by title

2. Class discussion

3. Continue working on your Power Point presentations

4. View video of poetry



Presentation Time


1. Post your PowerPoint or continue working on in class

2. Small group discussion

3. View the 2 videos on implicit bias



Final Reflection and next steps


1. Reflect on the ground you have gained this semester

2. Share presentations, feedback, questions

3. View video and connect this with your next steps educational steps

4. Complete the final evaluations, look for Course Evaluations


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.

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 will be asked to leave the class.

Missing & Late Work Policy

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

on Tuesday 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.