PS309 Human Sexuality

for S1B 2012

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PS 309 Human Sexuality


S1B 2012 BLA


Harris, Calvin


Ph.D. Psychology
M.S. Education
M.A. Psychology

Office Location


Office Hours

One half hour prior to class

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

January 17, 2012 to March 8, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

2:00 - 4:30 PM



Credit Hours


Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity, Rathus, Nevid and Fichner, 2010  ISBN (paper back) 13:978-0-205-78613-8; hardcopy ISBN 13:978-0-205-78606-0

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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 A…

Educational Philosophy:

My job is to manage the classroom and ensure that the curriculum is covered in a manner that facilitates the maximum level of learning and understanding.  The most important component of the classroom is the individual learner.  I will engage each of you in presenting specific topic areas in the form of individual and group presentations. 
We will use a combination of lectures by me, group presentations on specific topics by students, periodic quizzes to enable me to gauge your level of understanding, videos and perhaps appropriate internet resources.  We will have at least two guest speakers that will be subject matter experts in their areas of human sexuality and that are working "in the trenches".
I will research the up-to-date information on new statistics and therapy related to sexuality and present updated information to suppliment the text.
Come prepared to learn, laugh and be amazed.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify all of the major structures that make up the male and female reproductive systems.
  2. Describe the function that the central and peripheral nerveous systems have in sexual response and performance.
  3. Critically analyze the role that gender differences has played in the modern militaries throughout the world.
  4. Critically analyze the differences when comparing sexual views of the USA versus Northern European
  5. Be prepared to discuss may other topics that will come up in our class.
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.

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

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:




Group Presentation

15 points 



20 points



25 points


Final Exam

40 points



100 Points   























Late Submission of Course Materials:

You must either notify me at least one-day in advance by cellphone 915-449-0902, Text or email:
Exceptions will be:
1) A medical emergency or a serious acute illness, including your immediate family.
2) An Accident or Police Emergency.
3) Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty.
4) Military commitments (see me and/or call me in advance if possible) 
5) Funerals for Immediate Family Member
NOTE: Please contact me individually for documentation requirement.

Unless you have waited until the very last minute to prepare commitments like position papers, there should not be a reason for late submission. 
If you are part of a presentation group and have not submitted your portion by the presentation date, you face a score of zero percentage points for that assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Content
During the next few weeks, you will be exposed to many different thoughts, ideas, and values about human sexuality that may conflict with your existing beliefs.  I encorage you to listen and observed and think critcally about how the new information either fits for you or doesn't.  I do ask that you keep an open mind and be tolerant of others.
The following ground rules will help us create a friendly atmospher of acceptance: 1) respect and learn fom those that have beliefs, opinions and ideas different from your own, that's how we learn;  2) there will be zero tolerance for profane language, inappropriate gestures or presentations that devalue our sexuality; 3) and finally, see this class as an opportunity to be with a team whose common goal is to learn as much as possible about the physical, psychological, genetic, social, religious, legal and cultural aspects of our sexuality.
Be sure and identify yourself on all text, emails or phone messages.  Emails can be sent tome at either and also  Do not call me during class hours (Tuesday and Thursday 2 pm to 7:30 pm).  I will try and remember to turn phones off during teaching (as I hope you will do also).
Class Participation
Tardiness is very disruptive to the class flow; be there early.  All students will be required to participate in group presentations on specific text chapter topics.  Each group member is expected to contribute equally to each presentation.  There is plenty of latitude on presentations so that groups can express maximum creativity.  Each class will be unique.  We will let the energy of our group determine the flow of the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week one

Jan 17

Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 Lectures

Week two

Jan 24

Chapter 5 and 6 Group Presentations and Lecture

Week three

Jan 31 

Chapter 7 and 8 Group Presentations and Lecture


Week four

Feb 7

Review of first eight chapters and Midterm Exam on these chapters

Week five

Feb 14

 Chapter 9, 10 and 11 Group Presentations and Lecture

Week six

Feb 21

 Chapter 12, 13 and 14 Group Presentations and Lecture

Week seven

Feb 28

 Chapter 15, 16 and 17 Group Presentations and Lecture

Week eight

Mar 6

Chapters 18 and 19 (19 will be a video presentation) Group and Lecture - Final Exam on Mar 6th; last day of class March 8t

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 ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.

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: .
All persons needing accomodations in order to fully participate will be welcome with open arms.
I have found that people with poor eyesight and less-than-perfect hearing benefit by sitting closer to the front.  
Please contact me via email or text or just show up.  We will arrange your learning environment to facilitate your education.
If you have mobility problems, we will mutually figure out where the best seating is for you.
The bottom line is please come and join us.

Additional Information:
I will provide many handouts, including a list of critical terms and concepts that should be mastered.  I will assist each group by offering a library of powerpoint-slide appropriate graphics to include in your presentations.  I encourage each group to research and find their own graphics to support their topic presentaton.  I will assist any group that wishes to safely research topics online.  If you are googling or using another search engine to research human sexuality, beware of pornography sites; these areas of the internet are common sources of serious viruses and generally have no useful information.


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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 
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 
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 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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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