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PS 309 Human Sexuality
Felton, Nicole' L.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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

S1T 2009 DLC

Faculty

Felton, Nicole' L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Doctoral Candidate, ABD
M.S. Human Relations
B.S. Psychology

Office Location

Fredericksburg Virginia

Office Hours

24 hours

Daytime Phone

540-538-6875

Other Phone

540-538-6875

E-Mail

Nicole.Felton@park.edu

nlhcw@comcast.net

Web Page

http://users.adelphia.net/~feltonc1/

Semester Dates

12 January -8 March 2009

Class Days

7 days a week

Class Time

24 hours online

Prerequisites

PS101:Introduction to Psychology

Credit Hours

3


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Course Description:
PS 309 Human Sexuality (LL): 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:
 

It is imperative that students come prepared to be interactive based on information being presented in class via lectures, reading, and any other assignments. As your instructor I will engage each learner in order to encourage them to explore ideas, issues and contradictions that may arise.

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.

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:
 

Final Exam – 100 multiple choice questions

Introductions - You get 10 points for submitting a short paragraph to introduce yourself, tell why you are interested in human sexuality, what you hope to get out the course, and what you hope to add to the course as an active participant. Please be discriptive.

ASSESSMENT OF COURSE OBJECTIVES

Assignment

Weeks

Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

Introduction    

1

10 points

10

2.1

Discussion

1 - 8

10 pts

80

17.0

Response to Others

1 - 8

10 pts

80

17.0

Quizzes

2, 4, 6, 7

25 points each

100

21.3

Core Assignment

100 points    

100

21.3

Final Exam

8

100

100

21.3

TOTAL

470

Grading:
 

LETTER GRADE

Letter

Number of Points

Percentage

A

423 - 470

90 - 100%

B

376 - 422

80 - 89.9%

C

329 - 375

70 - 79.9%

D

282 - 328

60 - 69.9%

F

000 - 281

00 - 59.9%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. The following is a list of valid reasons for submitting late work:

· A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will accept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.

· An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).

· Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.

· Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer.

· Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

1.  Be respectful in your responses and posting 

2.  Do not make any negative comments regarding a peers posting. If you do not agree with them, state this in a respectful manner.

3.  Please refrain from using comments that may be offensive.

4.  Be mindful of others who may be sensitive to your comments and keep sarcasm to a minimum. 

5. Ask questions regarding comments when you are unsure as to what the posting was trying to convey. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

COURSE SCHEDULE

Week One

Readings

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Human Sexuality

Chapter 2 - Research in Human Sexuality

Lecture – PowerPoint for Chapter 1 and 2

Visit Web Sites

     www.worldsexology.org
    www.sexuality.org/index.html
    www.csun.edu/~sr2022/

Discussion (10 points)

Discussion point and response to others  (10 points)

Introduction (10 points)

Week Two


Readings

Chapter 3- (Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology)

Chapter 4 - (Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology)

Chapter 9 - (Sexual Techniques and Behavior Patterns)

Lecture – PowerPoint Presentation - Chapter 3 and 4

 

Visit Web Sites

   www.4women.org
    www.healthywomen.org
    www.malehealthcenter.com/
    www.impotence.org
    
http://advancedmasturbation.com
    www.sexual-health-resource.org
    www.sexualitysite.com/aboutoursite.htm
    www.sexinfo101.com

Discussion
(10 points)

Discussion point and response to others (10 points)

Quiz  (25 points)

Week Three


Readings

Chapter 5 (Sexual Arousal and Response)

Chapter 7 (Attraction and Love-Binding Forces)

Chapter 8 (Relationship and Communication)

Lecture – PowerPoint Presentation – Chapters 5, 7 and 8

Visit Web Sites

    http://www.arhp.org/factsheets/femalesexualresponse.cfm

     http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n03/mente/sexo_i.htm

    http://novaonline.nv.cc.va.us/eli/spd110td/interper/relations/linksrommarital.html

    http://www.counsel.ufl.edu/selfHelpInformation/relationships/how_to_deal_with_loneliness.aspx

Discussion (10 points)

Discussion point and response to others (10 points)

Discussion on core assessmment (non graded)

Week Four


Readings

Chapter 6 (Gender Identity and Gender Roles)

Chapter 10 (Sexual Orientation)

Lecture – PowerPoint Presentation - for Chapters 6 and 10

Visit Web Sites

    www.glbtq.com

    http://www.abacon.com/companion/rathus/041800/chap06/chap06.htm#head01

    http://www.tsroadmap.com/physical/vaginoplasty/index.html

    http://www.unc.edu/~lorelei/sexroles.html

Presentation - Watch presentation of Donna Ross

Discussion (10 points)

Discussion point and response to others (10 points)

Quiz (25 points)

Week Five

Readings

Chapter 13 (Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence)

Chapter 14 (Sexuality in Adulthood)

Lecture – PowerPoint PresentationChapters 13 and 14

Visit Web Sites

       http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/

        http://www.dccampaign.org/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

        http://www.positive.org/Home/index.html

        http://www.couples-place.com/

        http://www.sexualhealth.com/

        http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/social_aspects/disability.htm

Discussion (10 points)

Discussion point and response to others (10 points)

 

Week Six

Readings

Chapter 12 (Contraception and Abortion)

Chapter 11 (Conception, Pregnancy and Childbirth)

Lecture – PowerPoint Presentations - Birth Control Options

Video - Nova Video

Visit Web Sites

    http://www.pregnancy.org/pregnancy/fetaldevelopment1.php    

    http://www.sdfertility.com/ivf_video.htm

    http://www.tearsandhope.com/emptyarms_video.html

    http://www.visembryo.com/baby/

    http://pregnancy.about.com/

    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/birth-control-pregnancy/birth-control.htm

Discussion (10 points)

Discussion point and response to others (10 points)

Quiz (25 points)

Week Seven

Readings

Chapter 15 (Sexual Dysfunctions)

Chapter 16 (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

Chapter 17 (Atypical Sexual Variations)

Lecture – PowerPoint Presentation - Chapter 15, 16, 17, HIV and Your Sexual Health

Visit Web Sites

    http://www.mastersandjohnson.com/

    http://www.womenssexualhealth.com/

    http://www.andrology.com/

    http://www.afraidtoask.com/std.html

    http://www.roberttaylormd.com/std.html

    http://www2.rz.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/SEN/CH20.HTM

Discussion (10 points)

Discussion point and response to others (10 points)

Quiz (25 points)

Week Eight

Readings

Chapter 18 (Sexual Coercion and Domestic Violence)

Chapter 17 (The World of Commercial Sex)

Lecture – PowerPoint Presentation - Chapter 19 and on Domestic Violence

Visit Web Sites

    http://www.rainn.org/    

    http://www.calcasa.org/53.0.html

    http://www.mocadsv.org/

    http://www.mocsa.org/

    http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-sex.html

    http://www.kcavp.org/

    http://www.childabuse.org/

    http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/about.html

    http://www.sash.net/ 


Discussion
(10 points)

Discussion point and response to others (10 points)

Core Assignment (100 points)

Final Exam (100 points)

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 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: 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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