PS309 Human Sexuality

for F1F 2007

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PS 309 Human Sexuality


F1F 2007 MY


Baer, Jane F.


Adjunct Faculty/Department of Psychology


MS - Psychology/Guidance & Counseling
BS - Psychology

Office Location


Office Hours

Call Ms. Baer if you need to meet prior to or after normal class hours

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Cell: 703-459-8550


Semester Dates

Fall I 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Strong, Yarber, Sayad, and DeVault. (2008) Human Sexuality  (6th Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
ISBN #978-0-07-312911-2

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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, readings, dialogs, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. 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:

Examinations, journal, presentation, and core assessment.


There are 2 exams worth 40% of final grade, in class presentation and journal each worth 10% of the final grade, and a paper (Core Assessment) worth 40% of the final grade.
Core Assessment                                                                                                                                200 points
(Background report, interview, theoretical analysis and technical writing each 50 points)                       
In class presentation of peer review abstract                                                                                          50 points
(Written and oral presentation each 25 points)
Journal (10 entries - each entry 5 points)                                                                                               50 points
Mid Term Exam                                                                                                                                 100 points             
Final Exam                                                                                                                                         100 points
                                                                                                                 Total Points:                      500 points
A = 93-100%
B = 85-92%
C = 77-84%
D = 69-76%
F = Below 69%
*Specific requirements for peer-review abstract:
Typed, double spaced/one inch margin/10-12 font, 2 page summary of a research article found in a professional journal; research must be completed on any aspect of human sexuality as found in the course text.
Identify the following in the presentation both written and oral:  The researchers, concept researched, population, methodology, discoveries/results, when/why/where research occurred, what new concepts you learned, agreement/disagreement with research.
Use proper APA style/documentation and attach a hard-copy of the article to the paper.  Article may also be used as part of your Core Assessment.
*Specific requirements for Journal submissions:
Journal submissions are responses to assigned reflective questions.  The submissions are one half page to one page in length and may be single spaced hand written (must be legible for acceptance) or single spaced typed.  Journal submissions are due no later than the Monday following the journal question assignment.   Journal entries may be submitted via email PRIOR to Monday or a hard copy submitted prior to class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

No classroom presentations will be accepted, papers, or exams are accepted after the last class meeting date.  Late assignments are marked down 20% of the total point value for each class period after the required submission date. Contact the instructor immediately to request an extension.  Extension are granted for extenuating circumstances only!

Be aware that any
material in the textbook may be on an exam, even that material not reviewed in class. Therefore, if you have questions about the material in the text, it is your responsibility to ask the instructor your questions about the textbook material prior to the exam.  Please plan to be in class of all scheduled exams or presentations.  Students may take a test early due to verified conflicts.  Make up exams after the scheduled exam date are only given for the following situations:
  • A medical emergency or a serious acute illness
  • An Accident or Police Emergency.
  • Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty
  • Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation
  • Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first 

NOTE: Each of these situations requires an official letter head from the verifiable source which includes a contact number.  All make-up exams must be taken by the beginning (i.e., 2:25 pm) of the next scheduled class period. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Human Sexuality is usually a controversial subject.  I encourage active participation during the instruction and interaction between the students.  We discuss topics that elicit strong emotions and extremely diverse opinions, values, and beliefs across a very broad spectrum.  Students may voice disagreement with an opinion, however, they may not belittle, attack, or discount the opinions/beliefs of fellow students.  Profanity, use of pornography, or attempt to present classroom material in an unprofessional manner is not tolerated!  Respect and courtesy are the rules of the classroom!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

06: Introduction, Ch 1 and 2, sign up for classroom presentations
13: Ch 3, 4
20: Ch 5,6,7, Presentations
27: Ch 8, 9, 10 Presentations
03: Ch 11,12 Mid-Term Exam Chapters 1 - 9
*Note: This class must be rescheduled due to Labor Day Weekend
10: Ch 13,14 Presentations
17: Ch 15, 16 Core Assessment Project due; Presentations
24: Ch 17, 18 Presentations
01: Current Issues Comprehensive Final Exam

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: .

Additional Information:

All cell phones, PDAs, and pagers must be silenced during instruction; only answer in extreme emergency (on call, emergency from home) and LEAVE the classroom BEFORE answering!!  Excessive interruption of classroom instruction by these electronic devices results in an automatic unexcused absence.  Laptops are only permitted for use during assigned classroom projects/discussions; unapproved use of the laptop during instruction results in an unexcused absence.  Drinks are allowed in the classroom during instruction, however, food is not permitted in the classroom during either breaks or instruction.  Students are required to police the classroom at the conclusion of each period.


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Last Updated:7/9/2007 5:38:34 PM