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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 22-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | INT-1050-VU07 - 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, 06:00P - 08:45P
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: 8 (as of 07-19-24 5:05 PM)
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Akol Aguek
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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 low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

INT-1050-VU07 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information 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.


Teaching and structure policy: Dimensions of Self and Society is a humanity based first semester anthology for incoming college students. The teaching style is us done mostly by discussions with opportunity for all students to share their perspectives with each other and with the instructor. The instructor will play the role of a discussion facilitator ask clarifying questions and redirecting the discussions back to the issues relevant for that week assigned readings and current event relevant to the course learning goals and objectives. The instructor will always wrap up the week with closing remarks mostly focusing on the lessons learned during that week and reminding students on the assigned readings and due tasks for the weeks to follow. There will always be opportunity for feedbacks for a given class so that the instructor can change or keep teaching styles to meet the needs of students.

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, Course overview, Expectations, navigating electronic learning resources, How to Succeed as a College Student


Ø Purpose of Dimensions of Self and Society (p. xii)

Ø Technology and Moodle at CCV (p. xiv)

Ø Learning to Read and Write (p. 3)

Ø The Library Card (p. 8)


Completion of all assigned readings before class.



Discovery of Self: Journals/Memoirs/First-Person Accounts


Ø Introduction: Obvious Questions Don’t Have Obvious Answers (p. 17)

Ø At Last I Kill a Buffalo (p. 23)

Ø Indian Education (p. 29)

Ø Graduation (p. 35)

ØJonathan Murad’s Harvard Commencement Speech


Complete the Selected Dimensions Reading from Section One



Discovery of Self: Journals/Memoirs/First-Person Accounts


Ø The Scholarship Jacket (p. 46)

Ø The Sacredness of Shores (p. 51)

Ø Without a Net (p. 57)

Ø Shame (p. 66)

Ø Malala’s Speech to the UN (p. 77)

ØDocumentary on Malala’s story and girls education


Complete Discussions of the Selected Dimensions Reading from Section Two



Poetry and Drama


Ø Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits (p. 83)

Ø What Work Is (p. 85)

Ø The History Teacher (p. 87)

Ø Book (p. 88)

Ø Kindness (p. 90)

ØJimmy Tingle’s Harvard Commencement Speech


Complete the Selected Dimensions Readings from Section Two– Poetry and Drama



Poetry and Drama


Ø Let America Be America Again (p. 90)

Ø I Hear America Singing (p. 92)

Ø Prospective Immigrants Please Note (p. 96)

Ø To Be of Use (p. 97)

Ø My Name Is Not “Those People” (p. 98)

Ø The Journey (p. 100)


Complete the Selected Dimensions Readings from Section Two



The Short Fiction


Ø The Story of an Hour (p. 127)

Ø The Happies Man on Earth (p. 130)

Ø I stand Here Ironing (p. 140)

Ø Shooting An Elephant (p. 148)

Ø I used to Live Here Once (p. 155)


Complete Readings from Section Three



The Short Fiction


Ø A & P (p. 157)

Ø Everyday Use (p. 163)

Ø Revelation (p. 172)

Ø Hell-Heaven (p. 187)

Ø The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (p. 204)

Ø The Lottery (p. 210)


Complete Readings from Section Three

Mid-term paper is due in class



The Essays and Nonfiction


o Living Within and Without the Rules (p. 221)

o White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (p. 245)

o The Way Forward: Another World Is Possible (p. 251)

o Where Sweatshops Are a Dream (p. 275)

o Work (p. 278)

o What Happened to the Old Protestant Work Ethic? (p. 284)

o The Hacker Work Ethic (p. 293)

o Leisure and Consumption (p. 302)

o Cuss Time (p. 315)

o Coddling of the American Mind (p. 319)


Complete Selected Dimensions Readings from Section Four



Lesson Nine the Essays and Nonfiction


o Thank You for Your Service (p. 337)

o The Gettysburg Address (p. 349)

o From Walden: Conclusion (p. 350)

o Cheerful Robots (p. 357)

o Return to Hayneville (p. 349)

o End Paper: of My Friend Hector and My Achilles Heel (p. 372)

o The Spectacle of Waste (p. 375)

o The 10,000-Hour Rule (p. 389)

o Why Looks Are the Last Bastion of Discrimination (p. 410)


Complete the Selected Dimensions Reading from Section Four



Commitment: Extended Work of Nonfiction – Personal agency, resilience, and humanitarianism


What They Meant for Evil by Rebecca Deng, 2019 (Part I and II, p. 3 – 103):


Read the assigned pages in preparation for class discussions



Commitment: Extended Work of Nonfiction – Personal agency, resilience, and humanitarianism (continuation)


What They Meant for Evil by Rebecca Deng, 2019 (Part III, IV, and V, p. 107 – 277):


Complete the second half of the nonfiction and come prepared to discuss the issues raised and lesson learned



Final Project presentations


Individual Final Project Papers


Come prepared to present on your final projects and answer questions from your classmates


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

The goal of class discussions is for all participants to learn from each other as pertains to assigned readings and personal life experiences. Class discussions must be done in a respectful manner. Students should respectfully disagree on the issues being discussed. It is okay to give opinion outside of assigned readings, but the contributions must be done in a manner that helps others learn from the ideas being contributed. Class contribution points are awarded based on how familiar the contributor is with the assigned readings for the week and also on how relevant their own personal opinions is to the learning goals of the dimensions of self and society.

Missing & Late Work Policy

The written assignments and homework must be received by the instructor on the due date for student to get full score for those assignments. Any issue that may prevent student to submit the assignment by the due date must be conveyed to the instructor before the due so that appropriate arrangements are made for later date submissions. Any delayed assignment can be graded by the instructor with reduced points ranging from partial credits to failing grade.

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.