PS 309 Human Sexuality
FA 2012 HO
Wilson Gibbs, Andrea
M.A. Counselor EducationB.A. Psychology/Communication
Located on Park University campus
3:50 - 5:05 PM
Rathus, S. A., Nevid, J. S., & Fichner-Rathus, L. (2011). Human sexuality: In a
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is that learning is best done when students are interacting reguarly during class time. Students will be encouraged to discuss their thoughts about class material. Materials and venues that will be utilized during class times are: Lecture; discussion; video; guest speaker; web sites; internet and writing. The goal is that students will be able to utilize his/her own learning style in order to gain the most from the class materials.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Mid-Term Exam: Chapters 1 – 8 and lecture notes/guest speaker information. Test questions will consist of True/False, Multiple Choice, and/or essay questions.
Grading: Total Points Possible for Course:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
I have had to become very specific about valid reasons for taking make up tests and/or papers (i.e. "Core Assessment"). There are five reasons for which I will consider allowing late work after the scheduled due date:
· 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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the fundamental concepts of human sexuality. Course 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.
Tentative Class Schedule
21 August Introduction to course/ Syllabus review
23 August Chapter 1 - Human Sexuality
28 August Chapter 2 – Research Methods in Human Sexuality
30 August Chapter 3 – Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
4 September Chapter 4 – Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
6 September Chapter 6 – Gender Identity and Gender Roles
11 September Film: Sex in the 20th Century /Catch up of lecture materials
13 September Guest Speaker—Donna Ross (Written assignment due)
18 September Chapter 5 – Sexual Arousal and Response (Written assignment due)
2 October Chapter 8 – Relationship and Communication
4 October Continue Chapter 8- Relationship and Communication
9 October Review for Mid-Term
11 October Mid-Term (Chapters 1-8)
30 October Film on Childbirth /Catch up
1 November Chapter 12 – Contraception and Abortion
6 November Chapter 13 - Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence
8 November Chapter 13 Cont
13 November Chapter 14 – Sexuality in Adulthood
22 November Thanksgiving Break
27 November Chapter 15 – Sexual Dysfunctions (Written assignment of guest speaker due)
29 November Chapter 16 – Sexually Transmitted Infections
4 December Chapter 17 – Atypical Sexual Variations
6 December Film: The Science of the sexes: Different by design
11 December Core Assessment Due /Catch up date / Final Review
13 December Final Exam (Chapters 10- 17) given during class period
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 95-96
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 95Cheating on exams or plagiarism on class papers will result in an automatic F and dismissal from this course.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98Class Attendance and Participation. CLASS ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE. Because you are all adults, I expect attendance to all classes. DURING CLASS I WILL OFTEN MAKE CRITICAL ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE COURSE SUCH AS TEST DATES, CHANGES IN THE SCHEDULE, CHANGES IN PROCEDURES, ETC. IF YOU MISS A CLASS, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ANY INFORMATION ANNOUNCED BY THE INSTRUCTOR DURING THAT CLASS. I reserve the right to randomly give out extra credit on days of low attendance (hint, hint: it is important to be in class!)
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 .
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