PS309 Human Sexuality

for F1B 2006

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PS 309 Human Sexuality


F1B 2006 BLA


Rivera, Raul (Rudy)


Sr. Professor


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Human Sexuality, 4th Edition, Bruce King

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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:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, student presentations,  dialogues, examinations, internet, guest lectures and videos. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
Student progress will be evaluated by the accuracy and completeness of in-class presentations, attendance and examination scores


Students will be able to earn up to 100 points during the semester.  Each student begins with 15 points for attendance and five points will be deducted (up to 15 points subtracted out of 100) for each unexcused absense.   25 points can be earned by preparing and presenting an individual or group presentation on a complete chapter or a major topic within a chapter.  Presentations must be approved prior to presenting.  Examinations will be worth a total of 60 points.  If a mid-term and a final examination are given, each will be worth 30 points each.

There are no means of earning "extra credit" in this course.

Final grades will be assigned as follows:

A - 90-100 points earned

B - 80-89 points earned

C - 70-79 points earned

D - 60-69 points earned

F - 0-59 points earned

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No classroom presentations, papers or exams will be accepted after the last class meeting date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Human sexuality is a sensative and awkward topic for many adults.  This course will be conducted with dignity and no profanity or pornography will be tolerated.  If you are making a presentation that requires the use of questionable materials, get approval from Dr. Rivera prior to presenting it to the class.  These rules apply to guest speakers as well.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week                                  Topic                                                             Chapter           Presenter

1          Tue                         Why study human sexuality/History of Sex         Ch 1               (Dr. Rudy)

                                          History of Sex

            Thur                        Reproductive anatomy                                      Ch 2                (Dr. Rudy)

            Thur                        Hormones and sexuality                                   Ch 3                (Dr. Rudy)

2          Tue                         Similarities/diff in our sexual responses              Ch 4        Student Presentations

            Thur                        Sexually transmitted/related diseases                Ch 5        Ch 4-5; and               

3          Tue                         Communicating about Sex                                 Ch 8        Ch 8-18

            Tue                         Sexuality as a Social Concept                           Ch 9

            Thur                        Becoming a woman/man Gender ID                    Ch 10                                     

4          Tue                         Sexual Orientation                                             Ch 11

            Thur                       Mid-term Exam Ch. 1-5;8-11                            Exam

5          Tue                         Live span - Sexual Development                         Ch 12

            Thur                        Adult Sexual Behaviors & Attitudes                    Ch 13

            Thur                        Love and Relationships                                      Ch 14

6           Tue                        Sex Problems and Therapy                                Ch 15             

            Thu                         Paraphilias and Sexual Variants                         Ch 16  

                                          All papers due

7           Tue                        Sexual Victimization                                          Ch 17

             Tue                        Sex and the Law                                               Ch 18

             Thur                        Final Exam (Ch 12-18)

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

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

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: .


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