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PS 309 Human Sexuality
Nieto, Naomi Y.


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

S2B 2012 BLA

Faculty

Naomi Y. Nieto

Title

Adjunct Psychology Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

BA Psychology/Minor: Criminal Justice
MA Mental Health Counseling

Office Location

Before and After Class/Email/Telephone

Office Hours

Before and After Class/Email/Telephone

Daytime Phone

915-433-5172

E-Mail

naomi.nieto@park.edu

nynieto@hotmail.com

nynieto@nmsu.edu

Semester Dates

March 19 - May 13, 2012

Class Days

T-Th

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Rathus, S., Nevid, J. & Fichner-Rathus. L. (2011), Human Sexuality: In a World of Diversity. (8th Edition-2011), published by Pearson.  ISBN-13: 978-0-205-78606-0

 
 
American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

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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:

Learning is centered on the student and focus on the course outcomes. The student is responsible for learning those outcomes. Also, implementation of additional APA style learning throughout the course.

The instructor is responsible for presenting the course material in an environment conducive to learning along with clarifying and /or elaborating on the goals.  The instructor must guide the student to an understanding of concepts and the application of theories presented in the course.

Students are responsible for reaching the goals of the semester by taking weekly assessments, presentation of scholarly, empirical journals, examinations, and a research paper reflecting on new research in the field of psychology.

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 nervous 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.

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:

The class assessment will be based on examinations, case studies, comprehensive paper, student presentations and class attendance/participation. 

·        The grading plan will consist of the following

1.      Midterm Exam:                         40 points

2.      Final Exam:                               40 points

3.      Research Paper (Core):             80 points

4.      Presentation:                             30 points

5.      4 Quizzes (15 points each)         60 points

                              Total Points =                         250 POINTS

The presentation will be 30 minutes long using empirical research from credible sources. The class will sign up for a Sexual Disorder classified in the DSM-IV-TR or an individual with sexual disorders. This research will illicit etiology, symptoms, research, treatment, and literature on the mental disorder.
 
The students are not allowed to read directly from their powerpoint or notes. The presenation is research based using oral communication, which may include visual aids to the class. The purpose of the group presentation is to allow the class to learn about development of devaint human beings in society and how their actions affect everyone around them. As college adults, the professional manner of presentations is important; therefore, if the presentation is directly from reading the notes, the group will be docked major points.  
 
There will be respect during the presentation. Laptops, cell phones, and other reading material must be put aside to give the group the class' full attention to ask questions and take notes.
 
The Quizzes and Exams will be administered as in-class, closed notes/book. All cell phones must be turned off during any quiz or test to alleviate any suspicion of cheating or dishonesty.

Grading:

The following will be used to assigned course letter grades (250 points):

225-250  = A

200-224   =  B

175-199  =  C

150-174  =  D

173-0  =  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work missed because of absences or work turned in late will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to meet deadlines and turn in work when it's due. Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforeseen military duties that often arise. Park University specializes in serving military students and accommodations will be made to help the soldier, marine, airman, or sailor complete the course successfully.
 
If any students are not military, they are also encouraged to notify the instructor about arrangements for make up work.  

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend all classes for the entire class period and be on time to all classes. Roll will be taken before and after at each class meeting, therefore students who leave during class breaks will be considered absent and receive a "U". If classes are missed for a legitimate reason, such as temporary duty or illness, the student is responsible to make up the missed work, obtain lecture notes and handouts. If you are going to miss a class, I expect to be communicated with prior to class, if possible.  Assignments will be turned in on time.  There will be exceptions.
 
If the student misses a quiz or exam, they will need to make up that quiz/exam the next class day. Students are encouraged to exchange phone number or emails for notes in case they miss class. The student will not be able to ask the instructor for extra time. The syllabus is made in advance with chapters and vital information each week, which is labeled on the syllabus. There should not be any excuse about not knowing what chapters to cover.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Tuesday/Thursday Class:

Week 1:
  • March 20 
    • Class Introduction
    • Syllabus
    • Chapter 1: What is Human Sexuality     
  • March 22
    • Chapter 2: Research Methods
    • Chapter 3: Female Anatomy 
    • Chapter 4: Male Anatomy

 Week 2:

  • March 27   
    •  Quiz #1 (Ch 1-4)
    • Chapter 5: Sexual Arousal and Response
    • Chapter 6: Gender Identity, Roles, and Differences
  • March 29 
    • Chapter 7: Attraction and Love
    • Presentations

Week 3:

  • April 3 
    • Quiz #2 (Ch 5-7)
    • Chapter 8: Relationships and Communication
    • Chapter 9: Sexual Behavior and Fantasies
    • Presentations
  • April 5 
    • Chapter 10: Sexual Orientation
    • APA Style Lecture  
    • Presentations

Week 4:

  • April 10 
    • Presentations
    • Class Discussion
    • Review for Midterm
  • April 12 
    • MIDTERM CHAPTERS 1-10 (Closed book/notes and in-class)

Week 5:

  • April 17 
    • Chapter 11: Conception, Pregnancy, Birth
    • Chapter 12: Contraception and Abortion
    • Chapter 13: Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence  
    • Presentations
  • April 19 
    • Group Therapy Example

Week 6:

  • April 24 
    • Quiz # 3 (Ch 11-13)
    • Chapter 14: Sexuality in Adulthood
    • Chapter 15: Sexual Dysfunctions
    • Presentations
  • April 26 
    • Chapter 16: STI’s
    • Presentations

Week 7:

  • May 1 
    • Quiz # 4 (Ch 14-16)
    • Chapter 17: Atypical Sexual Variations
    • Chapter 18: Sexual Coercion
    • Presentations
  • May 3 
    • Chapter 19: Commercial Sex
    • Presentations
  •  CORE ASSESSMENT DUE  (eCompanion Dropbox )

Week 8:

  • May 8 
    • Review Core Assessments
    • Class Wrap-up and Discussions
    • Review for Final
  • May 10 
    • FINAL (Chapter 11-19 ) (Closed book/notes and in-class)

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

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.

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 .
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-slide appropriate graphics to include in your presentations.  I encourage each group to research and find their own graphics to support their topic presentation.  I will assist any group that wishes to safely research topics on line.  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.



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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