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PS 309 Human Sexuality
Brewster, Franklin R.,, II


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Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 309 Human Sexuality

Semester

S2D 2008 DA

Faculty

Franklin R. Brewster, II

Title

Senior Instructor/ Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A.Counseling- Career Counseling
B.S. Social Psychology

Office Location

Park University, DMAFB, Professional Development Center

Office Hours

Mondays, 7:30pm- 8:00pm

Daytime Phone

Cell 241- 2959

E-Mail

Franklin.Brewster@park.edu

Fbrewster59@msn.com

Semester Dates

March 17, 2008 May 11, 2008

Class Days

--M-W--

Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Rathus, S., Nevid, J., & Fichner-Rathus, L. (2008). Human sexuality in a world of diversity, (7th ed.). Boston, Ma.: Pearson
      Publishing.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

King, Bruce. (2002). Human Sexuality Today, 4th edition.  Prentice Hall. Zopol, Felicia. (2002). The 10 Secrets to Great Sex. Running Press Publishing.

Penner, Clifford & Penner, Joyce.  (1981). The Gift of Sex. Tyndale House Publishers.
 
Greenberg, Bruess, & Mullen.  (1992). Sexuality, 3rd edition. Wm. C. Brown Communications.  
 
Leman, K. & Bell, Kathy.  (2004). A Chicken's Guide to Talking Turkey With Your Kids About Sex.  Zondervan.
 
Byer, Curtis and Shainberg, Louis. (2002). Dimensions of Human Sexuality, (6th ed.). New York, N.Y.: McGraw 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 believe in the "transformational" view of learning where the student interacts within their community as part of the learning process.  The student is an active participant, not a passive learner.  I believe in challenging students to consider new and different views.  The classroom is an excellent setting to challenge current paradigms by being introduced to new concepts.  I  challenge students to critically evaluate the new information and to reach their own conclusions.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and analyze the biological foundations of human sexuality.
  2. Explain the social and cultural influences on human sexual behavior and experiences.
  3. Identify and explain the development of human sexuality, gender identity, and gender roles throughout the lifespan.
  4. Identify the etiology and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunctions, and atypical sexual variations.
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.

Guidelines:
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

Requirements:
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).

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Exams, presentations, core assessment (essay), videos, & class participation.

Grading:

Exam I                                                      80 points
Exam II                                                   100 points
Sexual Attitudes Integrative Project            80 points
Presentation on project                              20 points
Class participation                                     20 points
 
Course Specific Requirements: Students are expected to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material.
 
Students will be required to complete two exams covering all material covered in class to include lectures and handouts.
 
Core Assessment: Students will complete a Sexual Attitudes Integrative Project, which will be a minimum of 10 pages, (plus title and reference pages).  Papers must have a minimum of 5 references and two interviews.  The paper must be in APA format. Each section of the rubric is worth 10 points.
 
276- 300     A
246- 275     B
216- 245     C
186- 215     D
185 or below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will be marked down 30 points for each class period they are late and a failing grade of (zero points), if not submitted before the final.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must be respectful to all view points, especially those which are different from their own.  Respect and courtesy must prevail in the classroom.  Students are responsible to ensure all work is submitted timely.  Students should plan ahead as to not be late with assignments due to equipment malfunctions.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

March 17
Chapter 1 & 2
Review syllabus Sexual knowledge pretest
March 19
Chapter 3 & 4
lecture
Video
March 24
Chapter 5
Lecture
Video      
March 26
Chapter 6
Lecture
 
March 31
Chapter 7
Lecture
April 2
Chapter 8
Lecture
Video
April 7
Chapters 9 & 10
Lecture
Review for Exam I
April 9
Exam I
April 14
Chapters 11 & 12
Lecture
Video
Exam returned
April 16
Chapter 13
Lecture
Video
April 21
Chapter 14
Lecture
April 23
Chapters 15 & 16
Lecture
Video
April 28
Chapter 17
Lecture
Video
April 30
Chapter 18 & 19
Lecture Special Projects Due
May 5
Presentations
Review for Exam II
May 7
Final Exam II

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1. Critical evaluation of research material in relation to theoretical interpretation of interview data                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Goes beyond a basic analysis to effectively integrate research, theory and practice; provides insightful view of the relevance of research and theory to understanding human nature Demonstrates clear relationship between research literature, theoretical perspectives and interview data Tangential relationship of information; connection between research, theory and interview data implied or unclear No relationship between research, theory and interview data; components distinct and unrelated 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1. Integration of key research, findings and information relevant to the topic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Identifies and incorporates 6 or more empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that directly address the target research question

 
Identifies and incorporates 5 empirical, peer-reviewed research articles that are appropriate and relevant for addressing the target research question Utilizes 4 or fewer research articles OR fails to utilize empirical, peer-reviewed research articles OR research articles are inappropriate for addressing the target research question No references or empirical basis for paper 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2. Theoretical analysis of the interview information that compares and contrasts interview findings to address the biological foundations, social pressures, and cultural influences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Goes beyond a basic application of information to provide novel insight into the relevance of theoretical information to the analysis and interpretation of personal viewpoints revealed through the interview Applies knowledge of biological foundations, social pressures and cultural influences of sexuality to interpret and analyze the interview findings from a scientific perspective Applies only 2 of the three knowledge areas (biological foundations, social pressures, and cultural influences) to analyze interview findings OR shows only tangential application of theory to interview information Applies less than 2 of the knowledge areas (biological foundations, social pressures, and cultural influences) to analyze interview findings OR fails to relate the theoretical information to the interview data 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3. Interviews targeting attitudes, values and beliefs in relation to the target topic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Effectively integrates the viewpoints obtained from the 2 interviews to show themes, trends, or points of disagreement; provides a cohesive comparison of viewpoints on target topic Summarizes the results of 2 interviews concerning target topic of human sexuality into a cohesive report Provides transcripts of interview rather than a cohesive report OR interviews only one person Fails to complete an interview concerning target sexuality topic 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4. 10 pages (plus title and reference pages)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Body of paper is 13 or more double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) Body of paper is 10-12 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) Body of paper is 7-9 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) OR missing title/reference page Body of paper is less than 6 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
5. Information organized, presented and referenced using APA style                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Student utilizes APA style throughout paper with fewer than 3 errors Student utilizes APA style for title page, citations, references and overall organization of information; student has 4-6 errors in technical use of APA style Student utilizes APA style but has 7 or more errors Student fails to use APA style 
First Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
6. Interdisciplinary and contemporary topics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Target topic clearly and insightfully addresses one of the target topics in relation to current trends, developments and social change Target topic focuses on development of human sexuality, gender identity, gender roles, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunctions OR atypical sexual variations Target topic tangentially related to appropriate topics in human sexuality OR selects a relevant topic that is too broad to effectively gather attitudinal data Fails to select a target topic relating to relevant issues of human sexuality 
Second Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
7. Multicultural component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Analysis effectively highlights cultural and social differences that contribute to the varied, multicultural society in which attitudes on sexuality are shaped Analysis of the interview data shows an understanding of the biological, social and cultural differences that contribute to variations in human sexuality Analysis of the interview data fails to clearly recognize the social and cultural influences that shape attitudes toward human sexuality Fails to address the multicultural aspects of attitudes toward human sexuality 

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