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PS 309 Human Sexuality
McKellar, Kenneth A.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PS 309 Human Sexuality

Semester

S2T 2012 DLA

Faculty

McKellar, Kenneth A.,, Sr.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD, Counselor Ed and Supervision, St Marys U
MEd, Education, Counseling, Boston U
BS, Occupational Ed, Southern Ill U

Office Location

on line

Office Hours

TBD

Daytime Phone

210-475-2555

E-Mail

kenneth.mckellar@park.edu

Semester Dates

F1T 2011

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

Varies

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Textbook:

Course Materials used in: PS309 HUMAN SEXUALITY
Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity
Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity
RequiredEdition: 8TH 11 • Rathus, Spencer A.
ISBN: 9780205786060

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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 philosophy of teaching is that the learning environment should be a interactive dialog between the professor and other students. This means that there is much to be learned from each other and discussion amongst the individuals in the course is important. Additionally both students and teachers should realize that regardless of course study, education enriches every aspect of your life.  The Student as an adult learner is self-motivated to do the work and will by default be a self-starter. 

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:

Class Assessments:

This is an online course using the eCollege online classroom. Successfully completing this course will require weekly participation in the following activities and completion of:

            1. Week 1 Introduction                                                                                  10 points

            2. Weekly response to discussion question (10 points weekly)                     80 points

            3. Providing weekly discussion point and responding to a

    Classmates’ discussion point (10 points weekly)                                      80 points

4. Quiz every other weekly (25 points each)                                                100 points

5. Core Assessment                                                                                     100 points

6. Final exam                                                                                               100 points

Grading:

Grading:

Your final grade will be based on your grade on each of the introduction, 8 weekly discussion points, 8 weekly thoughts and responses, 4 quizzes, final exam, and the core assignment. The quizzes will focus on the material covered in the two weeks prior to the exam. The final exam will be cumulative, and there will be opportunities to earn extra points by correctly answering extra credit questions. Each quiz and exam will consist of true false, multiple-choice, and/or short-answer questions that total to 100 points.  A. Calculation of Final Grades. Grades will be determined using the following scale. The grade represents a percentage of the total points introduction (10 points), response to discussion questions (80 points), providing a weekly discussion topic and response to a classmates’ (80 points), quizzes (100 points), final exam (100 points) and the core assignment due in week 7 (100 points):

A       =             90-100%

B       =             80-89%

C      =             70-79%

D      =             60-69%

F       =             below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is in your best interest to keep up with the class. Note that ANY material in the textbook may be on a quiz or exam, even that material not reviewed in the lecture. Therefore, if you have questions about the material in the text, it is your responsibility to ask the instructor your questions about the textbook material prior to the exam. It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to take a test after the scheduled test date. I will be happy to give any test prior to the scheduled test time if the student arranges to take the test at least 1 week prior to the new test date. 

I do not accept late work--there are very few exceptions to this rule.  If an assignment is due at Midnight on Sunday I will not grade it if it is not submitted after that date or that time (so if it is turned in at 8 am the morning after it is due you will receive no points for that part of the assignment.  Again, I do not accept late work unless you have contacted me and explained any "special circumstances" PRIOR to the assignment due date.   There are five reasons for which I will consider approving late work--if you situation does not fall into one of these categories assume I will NOT accept late work. 

·         A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and

illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will

not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will provide a make-up exam for a student for a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent. I will also provide a make-up exam to a student for an acute illness of a child of whom they have legal custody.

·         An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on

letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to schedule a make-up exam due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).

·         Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney to schedule a make-up exam due to jury or witness duty. If you learn about your jury or witness duty at least 1 week prior to the scheduled exam, you must take the exam early.

·         Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer. If you learn about the military deployment or activation at least 1 week prior to the exam, you must take the exam early.

·        Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

NOTE:  You will be required to provide written verification of the incidents listed above before you may make up late work.

Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Participation:

The purpose of discussion questions and weekly discussion points is to encourage student discussion. Thus weekly answers to discussion questions and discussion points must be completed by midnight (CST) Sunday of the week assigned in order to receive any credit whatsoever.  Your First and MAIN POST (ANSWER TO DISCUSSION QUESTION), must be posted by Thursday each week by Midnight, CST Writing assignments must be completed and successfully submitted to the Discussion thread or Drop Box (as directed by me). If you ever have problems posting your assignments, contact me immediately by Email or by phone and we'll get the problem solved.

Each week's work must be completed and RECEIVED by me by midnight CST on the Sunday of the end of each week. As you work through this online course, keep in mind that your workload to teach an online course will be equal to or greater than the workload of this course.
Note there is a minimum requirement of three posts each week:  Answer to a Discussion Question, posting a Separate discussion point, and answer to a peers post.  These are the minimum. If you do not post a separate discussion point for example, you will automatically lose 5 points for the weeks discussion. 

Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course.  What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of online references that discuss writing online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Assignment

Weeks

Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

Introduction     1 10 points

10

2.1

Discussion

1 - 8

10 pts

80

17.0

Response to Others 1 - 8 10 pts

80

17.0

Quizzes

2, 4, 6, 7

25 points each

100

21.3

Core Assignment

7

100 points    

100

21.3

Final Exam

8

100

100

21.3

TOTAL

470

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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