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PS 309 Human Sexuality
VanHook, Dennis G.


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

S1Z 2011 ML

Faculty

VanHook, Dennis G.

Title

Senior Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MSW,LCSW

Office Location

Malmstrom AFB, MT

Office Hours

As Needed

Daytime Phone

406-899-1071

E-Mail

dennis.vanhook@park.edu

Semester Dates

10 Jan, 2011 - 06 Mar, 2011

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Hyde & DeLamater, Understanding Human Sexuality, 10th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2008.  ISBN: 0-07-338262-0

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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:

As the instructor for this class my educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods of learning with focus on application.  Methods include lectures, readings, videos, class discussions, case studies and field trips.   
 
This is a course about the biology of human sexuality. Sexuality is an integral part of life; knowledge and understanding of one's sexuality are essential in order to make decisions regarding physiological and social aspects of one’s sexual life. 

As this is a course on human sexuality, we may discuss issues that some of you may find embarrassing, uncomfortable, and even “inappropriate”. To remain in this class, you must be respectful of others and maintain a mature and professional manner at all times. Failure to do so will result in your expulsion from the course.

Welcome to PS 309!  I look forward to facilitating, but more importantly learning from each of you throughout our 8 weeks together!

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:
Mid-term is worth 30 points

Final Exam is worth 30 points
Participation is worth 10 points
Written review of video: Vagina Monologues is worth 10 points
 
Core Assessment Paper is worth 20 points. 
 
(Participation means coming to class having read the chapter, sharing your thoughts and respecting  others opinions)

Grading:

Midterm:  30%
Final:  30%
Participation:  10%
Written Video Review:  10%
Core Assessment Paper:  20%

A......90-100

B......80-89

C......70-79

D......60-69

F......59 & below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Written assignments are due on the date agreed and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor first. Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absence.  Examinations not taken during regular scheduled dates will be of a different format from the normal examination.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
- Students are expected to prepare to discuss the readings (text as well as other readings as assigned by the instructor) and share opinions without fear of judgment. This requires that you have read all assignments and generated ideas for discussions. I will assist with guiding discussions, but expect your active, energetic, focused input as well.  I expect that there will be strong religious and morally based viewpoints for some of our discussions.  I ask that we all respect each other, direct our response to the topic of discussion rather than another person's divergent belief.  The class discussion should be academic in nature.

- Respect confidentiality! Being actively involved in the discussion entails some level of personal self-disclosure, it is extremely important that confidentiality be maintained. Revealing personal information about others is a breach of confidentiality. If you wish to share with others outside the classroom, please reveal only the course content and your understanding of it. Both students and the instructor will ensure confidentiality.

- All students will respect the diversity of opinions, life experiences and cultures of fellow students.  If you are not able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner, you will be asked to "leave" the classroom.  

  This will not be a forum that will license profanity or porn for the sake of humor or for the sake of crudeness. Having said that, profane words do exist in our every day vocabulary and may be defined and discussed objectively as they apply to how human sexuality is being communicated verbally and over the written and online electronic media. Our goal will be to individually examine how we think and why we have formed various ideas and beliefs about our own sex roles and sexuality. What we think is merely the end product of what we believe.

You are working at the upper division university level and will be expected to participate to the best of your current ability. If you have read or seen additional materials that can be useful to our course, please bring them. NO PORN visual or audio materials will be brought into our classroom. Better yet, write a paper on it or make a separate classroom presentation on it. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:  Introduction & Chapter 1

Week 2:  Chapters 2 & 3

Week 3:  Chapters 4 & 7

Week 4:  Chapters 8 & 10 MID-TERM

Week 5:  Chapters 11 & 12

Week 6:  Chapters 13 & 14

Week 7:  Chapters 15 & 16

Week 8:  Chapters 17 & 18,  FINAL EXAM,  CORE ASSESSMENT PAPER DUE  & discussion

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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