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PS 309 Human Sexuality
Gunsaullus, Jennifer A.


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

U1E 2010 PE

Faculty

Gunsaullus, Jennifer A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty in Sociology/Social Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Sociology

E-Mail

jennifer.gunsaullus@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.couplescounselingsandiego.com

Semester Dates

June - July

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Rathus, S. A., Nevid, J. S., & Fichner-Rathus, L. (2005). Human sexuality: In a world of diversity 7th edition. Boston,  MA: Allyn & Bacon. 

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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:

My top priority when teaching students in class is to assist in the development of critical thinking skills. My goal is to create a safe, fun, and interactive environment to facilitate a student’s ability to explore new ways of viewing themselves, their communities, and the world. I employ various modalities in the classroom to assist students with different learning styles, including lecture, power point presentations, facilitated discussion, group work, role-playing, and multimedia analysis.

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:

Midterm Exam: A midterm exam will be given at the end of the 4th class. Students are responsible for material from the textbook, lectures, and class discussions through the 4th class. This is a closed book, closed note exam.

Final Exam: A final exam will be given at the end of the 8th class. The final exam will cover material from the 5th through 8th class and students are responsible for material from the textbook, lectures, and class discussions. This is a closed book, closed note exam.
 
Class Participation: You will be expected to participate in class discussions each week and add to the class environment of learning. There will be ample opportunity for class participation, from individual sharing, to small group work, to large group discussions.

Weekly Assignment on Readings: Each week students will be expected to hand in a typed assignment based on the assigned readings for the week. Students will be asked to: 1) Write three new ideas they learned with a commentary as to why that material resonated with them, and 2) Write two questions or topics for discussion. Details will be reviewed in class and posted online on eCompanion.

Grading:

You will be able to track your grade throughout the term on eCompanion. Grades will be determined by your performance on class discussion participation, weekly homework assignments, core assessment paper, midterm, and final exam. Points will be assigned as follows:

Weekly Class Participation

80 points

(10 pts x 8 wks)

Weekly Reading Assignment

105 points

(15 pts x 7 wks)

Core Assessment (Research & Interview Project)

140 points

Midterm

100 points

Final Exam

100 points

TOTAL

525 points

Final course grades will be determined as follows:

A            90%  –  100%                     470 points and higher

B            80%  –  89%                       418 – 469 points

C            70%  –  79%                       365 – 417 points

D            60%  –  69%                       313 – 364 points

F             59% and lower                   312 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor must be notified and approve the request to submit the late work for medical or family emergencies prior to the project submission deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Civility. Some sociological theories challenge common conceptions and beliefs on subjects. Classroom discussions are a vital part of the learning process. This class needs to be a participatory community of students engaging these theories if students are to fulfill their potential for learning.  Abusive language will not be tolerated, as respect must be shown to everyone.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

Week

Reading Due

Topic

Assignments Due

1

What is human sexuality? Anatomy, Language, Overview

2

Ch. 5 & 6

Gender, Arousal, & Hormones

Assignment on Readings

3

Ch. 7 & 8

Relationships, Love, & Communication

Assignment on Readings

4

Ch. 9 & 10

Sexual Behavior, Fantasies, & Sexual Orientation

Assignment on Readings
 
*Midterm Exam

5

Ch. 11 & 12

Conception, Pregnancy, Birth, Abortion, & Contraception

Assignment on Readings

6

Ch. 13 & 14

Sex Across the Lifespan

Assignment on Readings

*Core Assessment Paper

7

Ch. 15 & 16

Sexual Concerns, Dysfunctions, & Infections

Assignment on Readings

8

Ch. 17 & 18

Alternative,  Atypical, & Coercion

Assignment on Readings

*Final Exam


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 2009-2010 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. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .

Additional Information:

Please don't wait until the last minute to contact me when a situation presents itself that will interfere with class participation or timely assignment submission. I am willing to work with you, but I need you to work with me as well.

 

We will utilize various eCompanion tools throughout the term. Please become familiar with them.
 

Please be sure to check your Park University e-mail and the class eCompanion site regularly for announcements related to the course or to Park University.



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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