PS309 Human Sexuality

for F2B 2006

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PS 309 Human Sexuality


F2B 2006 BL


Rivera, Raul (Rudy)


Sr. Professor


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Class Time

5 pm - 10 pm



Credit Hours


Human Sexuality, 4th Edition, Bruce King, 2000

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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.

             15 points for perfect attendance, 5 points deducted for each unexcused absence.

             30 points for the Mid-term Exam (or paper)

             25 points for classroom presentation


             30 points for the Final Exam (or paper)

            100 points




            A = 100-90 points

            B =   89-80 points

            C =   79-70 points

            D =   69-60 points

            F  =   59 points or less is considered a failing grade


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

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

If the subject matter (sex) is uncomfortable to you want to get over it, then you are in right class.  We will jointly create an atmosphere where all can voice their moral, legal and political opinions and beliefs on human sexuality without fear of judgment.  Discussions on areas where strong moral or religious-based exist will occur and the instructor will referee to ensure that we keep the discussions directed at the topic and not each other's individual belief differences.  No one's opinion will be judged by another is this class.  Our classroom will be judgment-free and objective on the matters related to human sexuality.  Learning is an enjoyable journey that begins at birth and continues until death.  Let's enjoy this brief didactic segment of life and use it to clear some dust out of our brains.

            Any related subjects or areas of personal concern will be fair game for dignified discussion.  This will not be a forum that will license profanity or porno for the sake of humor or for the sake of crudeness.  Having said that, profane words do exist in our every day vocabulary and may be defined and discussed objectively as they apply to how human sexuality is being communicated verbally and over the written and online electronic media.  Our goal will be to individually examine how we think and why we have formed various ideas and beliefs about our own sex roles and sexuality.  What we think is merely the end product of what we believe.

            You are working at the upper division university level and will be expected to participate to the best of your current ability.  If you have read or seen additional materials that can be useful to our course, please bring them.  NO PORNO visual or audio materials will be brought into our classroom.  Better yet, write a paper on it or make a separate classroom presentation on it.  This is your class and your education; insist on getting your money's work from the class. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week               Day                 Topics                                                              Readings

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

                        Thur                 Reproductive anatomy                                 Ch 2 (Dr. Rudy)

                        Thur                 Hormones and sexuality                               Ch 3 (Dr. Cal)

2                      Tue                  Similarities/diff in our sexual responses          Ch 4

                        Thur                 Sexually transmitted/related diseases            Ch 5                           

3                      Tue                  Communicating about Sex                            Ch 8   

                        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

                        Thur                 Paraphilias and Sexual Variants                     Ch 16 

7                      Tue                  Sexual Victimization                                      Ch 17

                        Tue                  Sex and the Law                                           Ch 18

                        Thur                 Final Exam (Ch 12-18 Optional if you have a “B” working)

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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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