PS 309 Human Sexuality
FA 2009 HO
Will arrange a mutually convenient time and place to meet.
August 17, 2009 - December 11, 2009
2:25 - 4:55 PM
Human Sexuality: Personality & Social Psychological Perspectives, by Craig A. Hill, Sage Publications, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4129-0483-4
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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Topics and materials not provided in the text but considered critical to class learning, such as sexual exploitation will be addressed by utilizing outside resources.
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Just as in the helping process, teaching should be a collaborative, mutually enriching experience. I believe that learning is best achieved in an environment that is respectful, safe, affirming, challenging, and highly interactive.
I understand that every person has wisdom in their lived experience and a unique world view and perspective. I recognize that each of us learns in different ways and I will strive to present concepts in a manner that promotes your learning. If you are having difficulty with any aspect of the class I hope that you will make this known to me. I truly want this class to be enjoyable as well as educational.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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).
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Your learning in this course will be assessed via the following:
Reflection Journal (14)
Fourteen Journal entries. One entry per chapter. Personal reaction/responses to text material and class content. 1 page minimum (typed, double spaced, one inch margins on top, bottom, sides).
Core Assessment Research Project & Paper
Grading: It is very important to me that you understand the criteria for grading and that you perceive this process as fair and reasonable. I do not “give” grades... students earn grades through their work and performance.
Reflection Journal 210
Core Asses. Project & Paper 355
Final Exam 175
Total points possible = 1,000
A = 900-1000 B = 800-899 C= 700-799 D = 600 – 699 F= below 600
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date indicated on the course schedule. In the event of absence you may submit the assignment electronically. The student remains responsible for lost, misdirected or incompatible formatting of electronic submissions. In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor) and with timely notification an exception may or may not be granted. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score, per day. Please be aware that there is no “extra credit” work in this course.
The course exams will only be given on the dates specified. Make-up exams will only be scheduled at the instructor's prerogative under extreme circumstances. Students or an agent of the student must notify the instructor prior to the exam and must be prepared to submit documentation of the circumstances.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be the norm for our interactions. Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable. Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions which foster critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. If you work in groups, it is the responsibility of the group members to delegate work. All members of the group must present on the project and all will receive the same grade. Because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, respect, sensitivity, and confidentiality must be maintained. Please turn off your cell phones during class.
Students need to arrive on time. Students will not hold private conversations when a colleague is speaking. Private conversations include those with others within class, on cell phones and any other form of wireless media. If a student’s behavior is considered to be disruptive, the instructor will give that person the opportunity to modify the behavior without point penalty. If the student’s behavior continues to be disruptive they will lose all class participation points and be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Week One - August 18
Welcome & Introductions
The Study of Sexuality Chapter 1
What is Human Sexuality? Interview people not in our class about their definition of sensuality and sexuality. Discuss and present your small group's assigned study questions with the class.
Week Two - August 25
The Scientific Study of Sexuality Chapter 4
Design a study with your small group based on the criteria in the textbook. Write up your study proposal and share it with the class. Discuss the difference between a PERSONAL opinion, an EDUCATED opinion, and an EXPERT opinion.
Week Three - September 1
Sexuality in a Historical, Religious & Philosophical Context Chapter 2
Each small group picks a different religion from our textboook and present's it's point of view
Week Four - September 8
The Historical Course of Sexuality Chapter 3
Each small group picks a different era and shares info from our text and other sources about sex during
Week Five - September 15
The Person: Individuality & Sexuality Chapter 5
Each small group picks a different model and shares info about it with the class. Note, how do your
personality traits relate to your own sexuality - be ready to respond in your journal.
Week Six - September 22
Gender & Sexuality Chapter 6
Each small group chooses a category: genetic sexual characteristics, gender, gender role identity,
transgenderism, researched female/male tendencies, and leads class discussion re their area. Gals
& guys identify stereotypes vs. characteristics they want in their own partners.
Week Seven - September 29
The Sexual Self & Sexual Identity Chapter 7
Each small group chooses a different topic re sexual identity and shares with class.
Week Eight - October 6
Midterm Exam over Chapters 1 - 7; Turn in Journals for Chapters 1 - 7.
Week Nine - October 13
Sexual Motivation, Arousal, and Attraction Chapter 8
Each small group chooses a different topic/study question and shares with the class.
Week Ten - October 20
Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality Chapter 9
Each small group chooses a different theory and shares with the class.
Evaluate yourself on Fallon's Date & Mate Checklist.
Week Eleven - October 27
Relationships and Sexuality Chapter 10
Each small group chooses a different relationship issue and shares info about it with the class. Find an "Expert" resource, such as Dr. John Gottman's website online and relate helping info presented there.
Week Twelve - November 3
Ethnicity, Race, Culture, and Sexuality Chapter 11
Each small group chooses a different ethnic concern and shares their findings with the class.
Week Thirteen - November 10
The Biopsychology of Sexuality Chapter 12
Visiting expert, to be announced.
Week Fourteen - November 17
Sexuality in the Early Years and Adolescence Chapter 13
Each small group chooses a developmental stage and shares info with the class.
Week Fifteen - November 24
Adulthood: Challenges and Decisions Chapter 14
Week Sixteen - December 1
The Misuse of Sex - Material Provided From Another Textbook
Sexual abuse prevention, treatment, therapy groups, support groups: where to find help.
Turn in Journals for Chapters 8 - 14. Personal Reflection Journals over Chapters 8 - 14 are due.
Week Seventeen - December 8
Final Exam over Chapters 8 - 14.
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