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Summer 2018

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PSY106 - Human Sexuality
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Comprehensive survey of research in human sexuality. Topics include childhood and adolescent sexuality, marital and extramarital sex, sexual orientation, self-pleasuring, pornography, prostitution, and the sexuality of the elderly. Presents the research methodology employed in this field and the fundamental findings that have been discovered. Fall only.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
1.Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of research methodology by collecting empirical data in a systematic manner on a research question designated by the instructor, performing an appropriate analysis, drawing conclusions indicated by the evidence, and preparing a report written in APA format. *

2.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussion, extended writing, or exam questions, knowledge of at least eight factual observations that reflect the capacity for and actual occurrence of sexual behavior at different stages throughout the human lifespan.

3.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussion, extended writing, or exam questions, knowledge of at least six principal findings about the anatomy and physiology of sexual response as established by Masters and Johnson and subsequent laboratory researchers.

4.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussions, extended writing, or exam questions, knowledge of at least two competing explanations for sexual orientation and at least one piece of supporting evidence for each of the explanations.

5.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussions, extended writing, or exam questions, knowledge of at least two ways in which gender identity and gender roles shape sexual behavior.

6.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussions, extended writing, or exam questions, at least four major changes in sexual attitudes and behavior that have occurred in American society during the last 100 years.

7.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussions, extended writing, or exam questions, a knowledge of at least four forms of prostitution, the two types of pornography defined by the Supreme Court, and at least five examples of legal restrictions on these and other sexually-related behaviors or materials. *

8.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussion, extended writing, or exam questions, knowledge of at least four common sexual dysfunctions and at least five sexually transmitted diseases including at least one treatment for each of these problems.

9. Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussion, extended writing, or exam questions, knowledge of at least seven means of conception control, at least two means of aborting pregnancy, and at least two of the issues in the social conflict over these practices.

10.Students will be able to demonstrate, through class discussion, extended writing, or exam questions, knowledge of at least five factual observations regarding the sexual potential and sexual behaviors found among mentally and physically challenged persons

*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.




Content Outline:
1. Introduction to the course.
2. Sexual identity, sex roles and sexual behavior.
3. Infant and childhood sexuality.
4. Adolescent sexuality.
5. Intercourse: A physiological perspective.
6. Foreplay.
7. Coition.
8. Premarital sexual behavior.
9. Extramarital sex.
10. Sex and the elderly.
11. Sexual orientation.
12. Self-pleasuring.
13. Prostitution.
14. Sex laws.
15. Pornography.
16. Sexually transmitted infections.
17. Contraception.
18. Abortion.
19. Sexual therapies.
20. Sex and the mentally challenged.
21. Sex and the physically challenged.



Effective Term: Fall 2003