PS309 Human Sexuality

for S2M 2005

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Human Sexuality
Psychology 309 (PS 309 S2M2005-CP-Sec CH)
Term: 3/22/2005 – 5/12/2005
MCAS – Cherry Point

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

Instructor: Claude ("Tweetybird") Andrews (for more information about him, see short bio attached)

Availability: “Tweetybird” is available by prearranged time and place either on base before or after class or at another location as prearranged. His private home-office is located at 147 Hoop Pole Creek, Atlantic Beach and his professional office is located in Tarboro, N. C.

Best method of direct communication: The best way to get in fairly quick touch in “real-time” is through “Tweetybird’s” emergency mental health pager which is 252-407-1485. You may leave a very brief voice mail and if you leave a phone number, leave also the area code. You may also simply dial in your complete number and area code directly. He does have an office phone at his professional office which is Creative Living Associates in Tarboro, N. C. at 252-823-0186; however he is infrequently at this number. He will attempt to return your call as soon as practical. (Caution: he is a “night person, so unless you do not want him calling you real late at night, suggest he may call the next day if for some reason he can not immediately return the call.)

E-mail addresses: (personal),, or To make sure the e-mail gets to him, send copies to all three addresses.

Consultation hours in regards to class may be arranged by contacting “Tweetybird” in class. He usually will come a little early to class and is willing to stay after class as needed.

Educational Philosophy: The educational philosophy Tweetybird uses in this course is one of inter-activeness based on some stimulus materials that he presents, along with readings, story-telling, student presentations, videos, possible guest speakers and writings. Our learning experience is not only individual, but also group oriented. Everyone contributes and has the opportunity to learn from each other. The student grades are dependent upon mastery of the material and making use of it for life. The student will not be “graded” upon his/her opinion, if well developed, but on how well the student uses the learning experience. There is a lot of reading for this class, so please keep up the reading between classes. Not all material may be directly covered in class presentations, although you will be responsible for the “ring-a-ding-dings.”

Classroom Courtesy and Rules:

1. What goes on in the classroom remains in the classroom. Sometimes in our enthusiasm some people make comments that they really did not mean to say and would not wish them to be revealed beyond the doors of the classroom. Thus, the first rule is that we observe other people’s classroom confidentiality. If a student says something about him/her-self and wishes to repeat it out side of the classroom, that is his/her prerogative.

2. Personal perspectives will be valued. No personal or character attacks are allowed. Any degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors to or about the person are not acceptable nor are they conducive to learning. If the issue at hand may be appropriately challenged based upon educational constructs, then that is allowed.

3. All discussions will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions.

4. Because of some potential sensitive subject matter, courtesy needs to be maintained in the classroom at all times. From time to time there may be words or expressions used that may appear “offensive” to some, but yet often used by others without intending to “offend. “ Generally, while in class, we will use more “neutral” and academically correct terms.

5. Remember what we learned in kindergarten: talking one at the time, no hitting, no wandering around from our seats, and no private conversations while the class is in session.

Park University Course Description: Human Sexuality is designed as “a 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 (pp. 409-410, course description, current Park University Catalog).” There are no suggested prerequisites, although PS 101 might be valuable as a beginning orientation.

Course Objectives:

In working with the course description above, the intention is that students will be able to demonstrate beginning competency in the following areas:

1. Basic anatomy and physiology of human sexuality

2. Orientation to research methods used to explore and explain human sexuality

3. Psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual influences on human sexual behavior, beliefs,
and experiences

4. Sexual orientation and diversity in sexual expression

5. The development of human sexuality, gender identity and gender roles throughout the life-span

6. Attraction, love, intimacy and communication in human relationships

7. Etiology and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunctions, and atypical sexual variations

8. Issues and experiences involved in reproductive sexuality

9. Issues related to forms of sexual coercion

10. Discuss the implications of the differences between sexuality as a moral issue and sexuality as a legal issue

Credit Hours: 3 Semester Hours
Prerequisite: none specified

Text: Hyde, Janet Shibley and Delamater, John D. UNDERSTANDING HUMAN SEXUALITY, Eighth Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2003.

Classroom Policies

Technology: Active cell phones, PDAs, pagers and/or laptop computers are not permitted during any scheduled class period. Failure to abide with this policy will result in an absence for the rest of the class period as well as a “0” for any activity taking place (exam, quiz, presentation etc.). This means no use of any form of electronic communications or devices during class--whether they are verbal, pictorial, or text messaging. If you use such devices, you may be asked to leave the class and will be counted absent. Such devices are disruptive of the class. Remember, you signed up for this class, knew the hours of attendance, thus you are to have planned to focus your time on this class. Use break times to conduct personal communications.

Make-up exams and class material: Make up exams are to be arranged ahead of the scheduled time, unless due to death or illness in the family or by student (duh!). They will be conducted at a time to be arranged within two weeks from the original exam date. A total of one make up exam is permitted during this abbreviated semester for any circumstance. Failure to make up an exam or any other missed exam results in a grade of “0”. Students are responsible for obtaining any missed material/notes from a classmate. If, for some reason, all work has not been completed by the end of the semester, the student will receive the grade "I" which must be completed before the end of the following semester, or, by registrar's rules, becomes an "F." Also, be advised that there can be no grade higher than a "B" (no matter what higher grade average the student may have had) to erase an "I"--because, by definition, the work was late.

Academic Integrity: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled form Park.” Also “plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.” For further reference academic integrity, please refer to pages 101-103 in the current Park University Catalog. Thus, academic integrity is expected of students at all times. APA (American Psychiatric Association) documentation is generally expected from any student enrolled in a social science class. A complete description and numerous examples can be found in The Allyn & Bacon Handbook, which is available at the library.

Privilege To Attend Class and Attendance Policy: According to the Park General Catalog, only those individuals officially enrolled are allowed to be in the classroom during class hours, except for invited guests of the instructor or student(s) when present on official business. For example, children of students are not permitted to attend classes with their parent(s). Children are also not allowed to be in the classroom building unattended while their parent(s) is (are) in class. Plan ahead or make sure you have appropriate child- or elder-care previously arranged. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F.” An “Incomplete” will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of “F” grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance fr4om agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Due to the size of this class, we will be using a “sign in” attendance sheet. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she has signed in for that particular class.

Requirements for this class:

Specific Requirements:

1. Active participation in each class with a written one-half to one page summary (it has to be legible) due on the Tuesday following the past week sharing what you learned about the presentation the past week (first one to be turned in on March 29)and how it relates to your own personal pilgrimage. You may put this in the form of an e-mail and sent to all three addresses listed above before Tuesday, or you may bring a hard-copy each Tuesday during class. This activity will count also toward your participation in class.

2. Taking two tests (multiple-choice) as scheduled on April 12, and May 3 on the chapters so noted.

3. Completing one peer-review abstract as due on the appropriate date and presenting it in class. The abstract will be a typed, using black professional script of 10-12 font, double-spaced with one-inch margin, two page summary of a professional research article as found in a professional journal of some research that has been completed on any aspect human sexuality following any of the themes in our text. The following questions should be answered: Who did the research? What was the population? What was the idea or concept researched? What was the methodology? What was found or what were the results? Why was it done? Where and when did it take place? Why did you choose this particular journal article? What did you learn from it? Did you agree with it? Why or why not? Use good Standard English, check spelling (use spell-check), and use proper APA documentation. The documentation should be stated at the end of the article and there should be a hard-copy attached of the article. (The peer-review article may also be one of your sources for the next activity.) This is due April 19.

4. Conduct research on studies already completed on a human sexuality theme of your own choosing using three original sources. It should be a minimum of 4 pages long using the same parameters as for the peer-review article. As stated above, the peer-review summary may also be one of your three original sources. Be prepared to present this as a summary to the class lasting about 10 minutes, depending upon our class time—this will be done before you hand in your final product on May 10. Be sure to share what you learned about yourself in this work and your opinion and the basis of your opinion. The class will have the opportunity to make comments and ask questions. The class, as a whole, will determine the presenter’s grade. Start early in your preparation. The presentations of these will be scheduled as a class—see schedule. The final paper will be reviewed by Tweetybird and is due on May 10. The research themes are to be presented in class on April 26 so that we may avoid duplicates.

5. The final examination which will be multiple-choice, plus a class evaluation on May 12.
Evaluation: is based on active class participation and weekly reports, 2 tests, one peer-review abstract—presented in class in summary fashion, one presentation/discussion of research project, and a final examination. Each of the six evaluation items will have equal value. There may be unannounced quizzes, depending upon class participation. Grades are distributed in the following manner: A=93-100, B=85-92, C=77-84, D=70-76, F=69 or less. Students are responsible for keeping up with their exam/quiz grades, as these will be recollected and maintained by the instructor until all have taken that particular test.

Remember: During the class, each student is required to make a brief presentation to the class of his/her peer-review abstract. Presentations may be made during any class after conferring with the instructor—even though it may not actually be written. The last class of April 26 will be the final class in which students may make their peer-review presentations, even though they may have been due before then. For the student who wants to achieve extra credit, that student can go to a local major 4-year college or university (Barton in Wilson, Wesleyan in Rocky Mount, ECU in Greenville, Campbell in Buies Creek, UNC-CH, UNC-Wilmington, NC State, St. Augustine, or any other major college or university) to do his/her research for the peer-review abstract and other research paper. This is worth an additional 5 points on the final course average. This must be documented by the signature of the library staff person on duty the day you were there on the library's letterhead or other official library document (such as the library’s floor-plan) and given to the instructor along with the assignment so completed at that library.

Proposed Schedule of Psychology 309 “Human Sexuality”

Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 19:30 to 20:00 with appropriate breaks to be determined on the first day of class. We will adhere to the following suggested schedule in terms of material to be covered, although we will be flexible as needs dictate. Remember: each Tuesday there is to be turned in a one-page hard-copy summary of the past week as per requirements (or e-mailed before Tuesday). Also, when you are ready to make a peer-review presentation, please let “Tweetybird” know—presentations can be done throughout the class schedule. We will determine times of research pre- presentations as we develop the class.

Mar. 21 Spring II 2005 begins

Mar. 21-28 Enrollment adjustment

Mar. 22 Orientation to Syllabus, Ground rules, chapter 1

Mar. 24 Chapters 2, 3

Mar. 29-April 24-- Last date of withdrawal

Mar. 29 Chapters 4, 5

Mar. 31 Chapters 6, 7

Apr. 5 Chapters 8, 9

Apr. 7 Chapters 10, 11, 12

Apr. 12 *Test #1* (Chapters 1-12) grading, Chapters
13, 14

Apr. 14 Chapters 15, 16

Apr. 19 Chapters 17, 18 *hard copies of peer-reviews

Apr. 21 Chapters 19, 20

Apr. 26 Chapters 21, 22 *present theme in class
for research*

Apr. 28 Chapter 23, Research presentations

May 3 *Test #2 (Chapters 13-23) Research

May 5 Research presentations

May 10 Research presentations *hard copies of
research due*

May 12 *Final Examination* grading, finishing
presentations, wrap-up, evaluations

May 15 End of term –Have a great summer break!

Thanks for being in this class and what you offered to the class. I wish you God-speed in your personal, professional and educational development. Take care and stay safe….. Tweetybird