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PS 309 Human Sexuality
Howard-Perry, Susan


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Course

PS 309 Human Sexuality

Semester

F2J 2010 IN

Faculty

Howard-Perry, Susan

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Masters Counseling Psychology
LPC, NCC

Office Location

107C NE 72nd Street, Gladstone, MO 64118

Office Hours

By appointment

Other Phone

816-309-0605

E-Mail

susan.howardperry@park.edu

susanhp1000@yahoo.com

Web Page

http://www.susanhowardperry.com

Semester Dates

October 18, 2010 to December 12, 2010

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 Rathus, S.A, Nevid, J.S, Fichner-Rathus, L.(2011) Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity (8th edition). Boston: Allyn

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Additional Resources:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed., Washington, DC (Do not purchase the first printing)
 
Archives of Sexual Behavior
Gender and Society
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal of Applied Gerontology
Journal of Homosexuality
Journal of Marriage and Family
Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality
Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Personal Relationships
Sexualities
Sex Roles
Sexuality and Disability
American Journal of Sociology
Journal of Social Issues
Journal of Sex Research
Journal of Sex Education and Therapy

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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

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:
 

Reaction Papers:
Students will complete four Reaction Papers based on the information and topics discussed in class. The purpose of these papers is to encourage students to critically explore their own beliefs, values, biases, and prejudices regarding human sexuality. 
 
Guidelines:
Each paper is to be a minimum of 4 pages and a maximum of 6 pages in length and written in the American Psychological Association (APA) format. 
 
Reaction papers should minimally include the following:
  1. The topic you are addressing.
  2. Why you chose that topic?
  3. What was your reaction to the discussion or materials presented that you are addressing: i.e., offended, encouraged, embarrassed, judgmental, enlightened, etc.?
  4. How has your examination of the topic changed or confirmed your point of view, biases, understanding, acceptance, rejection, of the topic?
  5. There are no right or wrong answers to these papers – use these assignments to critically explore your beliefs on human sexuality and methodically convey your reaction. 
  6. Papers should reflect cogent thoughts, proper grammar and spelling.  Please proofread your paper before handing it in. 
Due dates of reaction papers are outlined in the class schedule. No late papers or electronic submissions will be accepted. 
 
Reaction Papers will be presented in class. After your presentation is complete, be prepared to answer questions from the class and instructor in an open forum.
 
Class Participation:
Class participation is fundamental to the learning process. It is expected that students will attend class and be able to engage in informed discussions, small group activities and classroom assignments related to assigned readings, videos, guest speakers and student presentations. 
 
Exams:
Both the Midterm and Final exams will be 50 multiple choice questions over the material from the text book, lectures, videos, guest speakers, classroom activities and assignments. The exams are not cumulative. Students will be responsible for material in the assigned readings that are not covered in class.

Grading:
 

                                                                                    Points

Core Assessment                                                   60
 
Reaction Papers                                                     40 (10 each)

Class Participation                                                  80 (10 each)

Midterm Exam                                                        50

Final Exam                                                              50                   

                                                            Total           280

Scale:

280 – 257      A

256 – 233      B

232 – 209      C

208 – 185      D

Below 185 Fail

Late Submission of Course Materials:

No late papers or electronic submissions will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

1. This class contains explicit materials which are meant to teach, guide and promote critical thinking about human sexuality – please be sensitive to others as not everyone will process the information the same.

2.   Debate and open dialog are encouraged.  However, students are expected to be respectful and courteous of each others opinions. Rude or discourteous discourse will not be tolerated.

3. Be on time. Showing up late to class OR leaving early is considered tardy and will affect your grade. Call me at 816-309-0605 or leave a message at the school if you are going to miss a class or be late. 

4. Students are expected to complete the assigned readings prior to class. 

5. Turn your cell phones to vibrate or turn them off completely during class.  If you need to take a call, please do not talk on your cell phone while in class - take phone calls outside the classroom.  If you are caught texting during an exam, you will receive a grade of "F." 

6. Enjoy this opportunity to learn about Human Sexuality!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

10/19    Chapters 1, 2

              Film

10/26    Chapters 3, 4, 5

             Reaction Paper due

11/2      Chapter 11, 12

             Guest Speakers

11/9    Chapter 7, 8

            Midterm

            Reaction Paper due

11/16   Chapters 6, 10

            Guest Speaker        

11/23   Chapters 13, 14, 15

            Reaction Paper due

11/30    Chapters 16, 18, 19
 
            Guest Speaker

12/8    Final

            Reaction Paper due/Core Assessment due

            Film

           

The class syllabus may be changed to meet class needs.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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