PS309 Human Sexuality

for F1J 2006

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PS 309 Human Sexuality


F1J 2006 PV


Miller, Tamara D.


AA Longview Community College
BA University of Missouri Kansas City
MA Central Missouri State University

Office Location

In our classroom, by appointment.

Office Hours

Before class, by appointment

Daytime Phone

913 573 3191

Other Phone

816 529 4166


Semester Dates

8/21/06 -10/15/06

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:30

Credit Hours


Human Sexuality, Diversity in Contemporary America, 5th ed. Strong, Devault and Sayad, Mc Graw Hill

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Course Description:
Survey of topics relating to human sexuality.  The themes range from the  biology of human reproduction to the sociology and psychology of human  mating.  Many controversial subjects are discussed, to encourage students to  examine their own attitudes towards these subjects.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I will address a variety of learning styles through the use of visual media, discussions and group activities, writing, presentations, and hands on application of concepts. The facilitator encourages critical thinking, reading and writing skills. I believe that learning is fundamentally about exploring the boundaries of your own values, beliefs and ideas.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the biological foundations of human sexuality.
  2. Explain the social and cultural influences on human sexual behavior, beliefs, and experiences.
  3. Critically analyze issues related to sexual orientation and diversity in sexual expression.
  4. Address the development of human sexuality, gender identity and gender roles throughout the lifespan.
  5. Identify the etiology and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, sexual. dysfunctions, and atypical sexual variations.
  6. List issues and experiences involved in reproductive sexuality.
  7. Identify issues related to sexual coercion.

Core Assessment:
Students will complete an integrative project that includes a background report, interview and theoretical analysis of a specific, target topic related to the development of human sexuality, gender identity, gender roles, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunctions or atypical sexual variations (for example, a target topic related to gender identity might be transsexualism; or a target topic related to gender roles might be women in the workforce or stay-at-home fathers). After selecting a target topic, students will complete a report that highlights key research, findings and information relevant to the topic. In addition, the student will interview 2 individuals on their attitudes, values and beliefs in relation to the target topic. Finally, the students will complete a theoretical analysis of the interview information in which they compare and contrast interview findings to address the biological foundations, social pressures, and cultural influences that may contribute to the attitudes, values or beliefs revealed through the interviews.

Background report - 3 to 5 pages utilizing scientific information found in books, journal articles, popular media and the Internet; provides an informational base from which the topic can be understood

Interview - 2 to 3 pages that summarizes findings for each of the 2 interviewees (you do not need to include a transcript of the actual interview; summarize comments of each person into a cohesive report)

Theoretical analysis - 3 to 5 pages that utilizes information learned in the class and research concerning biological foundations, social pressures and cultural influences of sexuality; in this section of the paper, students will apply what they have learned to interpret and analyze the interview findings from a scientific perspective

Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style. Paper must include 5 references in addition to the interviews. Paper should be a minimum of 10 pages (plus title and reference pages).

Class Assessment:
Your grade is based on exams, the core assessment and two taking sides papers. Your exams are non-comprehensive and none is weighted any differently than the others. When you do your taking sides, my aim is to get you to think critically and present arguments well. That skill will serve you well in the core project.  To that end, your first paper is one side of the argument, the second is the opposite side. So, if you choose to do abortion, your first paper will support it, the second will come out against abortion. You must choose a topic related to class, cite your sources, use APA formatting and write a polished, gramatically correct paper. Your core assesment project is outlined above. I've enclosed links to an APA formatting site. At this time the grading rubric does not appear, but it will be added later.



500 - 450


449 – 400


399 – 350


349 – 300


Below 300


Exam one 100

Exam two 100

Exam three100

Core project 100

Taking sides 1 50

Taking sides 2 50


                  500 total

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I do not accept late materials. Anything not submitted at 5:30 on the night it is due will receive a zero.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
We will discuss many controversial topics in this class. It is imperative that you practice good manners. Under no circumstances, barring a building fire, do we raise our voices. It is disrespectful. I wholeheartedly support your right to disagree or to maintain your own opinions. We can agree to disagree. I will make the atmosphere safe for the expression of your point of view. Please turn your cell and pager to vibrate. If you feel compelled to answer a call or page, do so outside the classroom.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
If you are in doubt, please seek assistance from me or the learning center on campus. It is far better to ask questions than to risk the consequences of plagiarizing because you do not know.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Any two absences will result in administrative withdrawal.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Student Information


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