PS309 Human Sexuality

for F1W 2007

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PS 309 Human Sexuality


F1W 2007 TI


Sammons, Paula F.


Adjunct Faculty



Office Hours

As arranged

Daytime Phone

(405) 604-7056


Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

4:30 - 7:20 PM

Credit Hours


Rathus, S.A., Nevid, J.S., & Fichner-Rathus, L.  (2005).  Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity.  Sixth Edition.  Boston, MA:  Pearson Education, Inc.

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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 instructor's educational philosophy rests on the belief that classroom learning is best accomplished through an integrated approach utilizing various methods of instruction.  Methods utilized will include assigned readings, lecture, discussion and interaction, written assignments, oral presentations, internet, videos, and examinations to facilitate understanding of major issues and concepts related to human sexuality and to promote critical thinking.  The instructor 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:

Assessment will be based on the following:
Midterm Examination
Final Examination
Integrative Project
Oral Presentation
Class Attendance and Participation


Grading will be assigned as follows:
Midterm Examination (25%/100 points)            
Final Examination (25 %/100 points)
Integrative Project (25%/100 points) 
Oral Presentation (12.5%/50 points)
Attendance and Participation (12.5%/50 points)
Total points = 400 points (100%)
A:  400-360 points
B:  320-359 points
C:  280-319 points
D:  240-279 points
F:  239 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Integrative project (paper/oral presentation) due at the beginning of the class session on the ASSIGNED DUE DATE.
Five points will be deducted for each class session late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class participation is expected and attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal/medical emergencies are excusable; however, the student is responsible for missed class work and needs to coordinate with the instructor as soon as possible to arrange for make-up work.
Common courtesy/respect is expected of all students at all times.
Cell phones need to be turned off or in the silent mode.


Class Activities,



Week - 1
August 21
August 23

Chapters 1 & 2
Chapter 3

Females/Animal Kingdom-p.22.
Social Des. Scale-p.46.


Week - 2
August 28
August 30

Chapters 4 & 5
Chapter 6

Buds & Bees-p.142.


Week - 3
September 04
September 06

Chapters 7 & 8
Chapter 9

Love Attitudes Scale-p.218.
Active Listening-p.252.


Week - 4
September 11
September 13

Chapter 10

Matter of Belonging-p.330.

Midterm Examination
Chapters 1 - 10

Week - 5
September 18
September 20

Chapters 11 & 12
Chapter 13

Clinic's Pitch-p.336.


Week - 6
September 25
September 27

Chapter 14
Chapter 15

Historical Perspectives on Marriage-p.465.


Week - 7
October 02
October 04

Chapter 16
Chapter 17

Killer of Dreams-p.546.


Week - 8
October 09
October 11
October 16

Chapter 18
Chapter 19

Integrative Project
Oral Presentation

Final Examination
Chapters 11 - 19

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 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

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