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MCC Offers Unique Opportunities with Learning Communities "Twofer" Classes

[Friday, March 14, 2014]

McHenry County College (MCC) students can learn two subjects in one time slot and earn twice the credits with Learning Communities classes being offered in the fall. Also known as a Twofer, the classes are available in a variety of subjects and co-taught by two instructors.

These unique courses offer a more interactive environment where students can easily see the intersections between the topics and participate in more discussions. Course material is designed to encourage students to examine ideas from different perspectives and learn the value of team interaction and critical thinking—skills that are highly valued by today's employers. Assigned reading, papers and projects apply to both classes at the same time, though students' transcripts will show two separate classes and grades.

Upcoming Twofer classes at MCC include: 

Banned, Burned, and Offensive: Censorship in America. This learning community combines Introduction to Literature and Composition II and focuses upon works that, over time, have been subject to censorship in some form. It includes texts that were blacklisted, burned, and/or prohibited because of their theme, language, violence, sexuality, or avant garde ideas. Texts include film, fiction, poetry, drama, and song.

You Will Be Assimilated: Resistance is Futile. Will the robots serve us or kill us?  Will they hate our weaknesses or admire the escape of our mortality?  Will they become citizens, with rights and responsibilities, or overlords of a harmonious future, or crush our skulls beneath them?  Will we become robots and live forever?  Who said "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.  Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.  All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain?"  Where is the intersection of man and machine to end?  Explore the issues and the evidence in this learning community that includes hands-on Robotics and Composition I.

Talking Dirty: This course combines Introduction to Ethics and Human Sexuality and provides an opportunity to discuss topics central to the ethics of human sexuality. Using scientific rigor, conceptual clarity, and philosophical insight, we will address questions such as: What constitutes rape? Is homosexuality a sin? Should prostitution be a crime?  Is monogamy a virtue?  What is the moral status of a fetus?  Students earn six credit hours as they learn about this fascinating aspect of the human experience—our nature as sexual beings.

OMG!—Religions and Culture Clash! Examine how culture and religion interact to shape world views, ethics and values. Develop a deep sense of how culture and religion regulate food, politics, marriage, gender, music and more. Examples from a diversity of cultures, including the U.S., and each of the major religious traditions will be explored in this course that combines World Religions and Cultural Anthropology.

The Hunger Games:  Morality in an Immoral World. This course explores good and evil, right and wrong through Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" and other literature.  What motivates villains like President Snow and heroes like Katniss Everdeen?  Do ordinary moral rules apply in the Arena?  Is rebellion against the Capitol justified? Find out more in the course that combines Introduction to Ethics and Composition II.

Love Songs: Do love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage? Is family life in crisis these days? Explore these and other sociological questions at the same time you learn to understand and appreciate music. The two courses, Sociology of Families and Music Appreciation, come together as students listen to and study operatic "love songs" written over the centuries, along with other music that illustrates the ups and downs of family life.

Those interested in enrolling in these popular classes are encouraged to speak with an advisor and register early, as classes fill quickly. General spring registration is underway now through the first day of classes. Weekday credit classes begin August 18.

Visit to learn more about course structure and credits. For more information, contact Kate Midday at (815) 455-8735 or email her at:






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