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PS 309 Human Sexuality
Wilson, Andrea


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.

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Course

PS 309 Human Sexuality

Semester

FA 2012 HO

Faculty

Wilson Gibbs, Andrea

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Counselor Education
B.A. Psychology/Communication

Office Location

Located on Park University campus

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone

816-505-4801

Other Phone

816-769-6129

E-Mail

Andrea.WilsonGibbs@park.edu

agibbs@synergyservices.org

Semester Dates

Fall 2012

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

3:50 - 5:05 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Rathus, S. A., Nevid, J. S., & Fichner-Rathus, L. (2011). Human sexuality: In a

world of diversity 8th edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. 
ISBN 0-205-82179-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
PS 309 Human Sexuality: 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:
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

  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:

 Here is the point breakdown for the Core Assessment:

Section

Pts

Background

25

Theoretical Analysis

25

 Interview

20

APA Style

15

Grammar

15

Class Engagement/ Class Participation:  100 pts. (30 Classes x 3 points = 90 points HOWEVER you will recieve an additional 5 pts for attendance on each day of our Guest Speakers). So, that will give you an additional 10 points for a total of 100 points for class participation.
   You are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the classroom learning experience. Points will be lost for tardiness, leaving early and absences.
         I will use the following criteria to assess and allocate points in this area:
            -active listening to instructor and classmates
            -answering questions posed by instructor over learning materials
            -participating genuinely, enthusiastically and respectfully in class (very important)    
 Two Exams:
    Each exam will contribute 100 points toward your final grade. Material covered in the class lectures and contained in the text will be subject to examination. Be sure to read the class text carefully, including all foot notes, focus boxes, and summaries. Be sure to be familiar with the “Key Terms” listed at the end of each chapter.

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.

Final Exam: Chapters 10-17 and lecture notes/ guest speaker information. Test questions will consist of True/False, Multiple Choice, and/or essay questions.

        
 
Two additional writing assignments; Two pages each : 25 pts each  (total of 50 pts).
These writing assignments are to be done before AND after our two guest speakers.
   One page will be written and DUE the day of the guest speaker and One page will be DUE the next week following the guest speaker. Write one page before the guest speaker where you detail your expectations and ideas about what information you will learn from the guest speaker. These will be the thoughts and ideas you have BEFORE you hear the speaker. Then you will write one page detailing whether your expectations were met and whether your thoughts or ideas changed after the guest speaker. If your thoughts or ideas changed after hearing the information from the speaker, please detail why or why not this occurred. This is an opportunity for you to discuss any preconcieved beliefs that you have about these issues and to detail why you believe what you believe. It will also give you the opportunity to give feedback about what you are learning about these specific topics. Each one page writing assignment should be double spaced with one inch margains on the top, bottom and sides.
First Guest Speaker will talk about Transgender issues. Scheduled for September 13th.
Second Guest Speaker will discuss issues in the Gay and Lesbian community. Scheduled for November 13th.

Grading:
  Total Points Possible for Course:

Class Participation = 100 pts
Two Writing Assignments = 50 pts
Core Assessment = 100 pts
Mid-Term = 100 pts
Final = 100 pts
 
Total Points = 450 
Points break down: 450-405 = A
                              404-360 = B
                              359-315 = C
                              314-270 = D
                              269 and lower = F

t to keep up with the class. Note that ANY material in the textbook may be on an exam, even that material not reviewed in class. 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. There will be no make-up exams, so plan to be in class on the day of each exam.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

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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.

 

NOTE: All make-up exams must be taken by the beginning (i.e., 3:50 pm) of the next scheduled class period. You will be required to provide written verification of the incidents listed above for each class period on which you fail to take the exam.
All papers will be due on a date agreed upon by student and instructor based on the reason for late submission. If a student requires an 'incomplete' in the class, it is the student's responsiblity to pursue and obtain that information.

 

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. 

It is expected that students will behave as adults at all times. It is important that they be willing to listen with an open mind to their fellow students' opinions, even if they disagree. Disrespectful behavior toward one's fellow student, instructor or guest speaker is grounds for expulsion from the class and a failing grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Tentative Class Schedule

  Date                                        Assignment/Exam

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)

20 September                           Film: Sex in the 20th Century/ Discussion Part 2
 
25 September                           Chapter 7 – Attraction and Love-Binding Forces

27 September                           Catch Up Day /Discussion of Core Assessment

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)

16 October                               Fall Break  Film:  Sex in the 20th Century Part 3 
       
18 October                               Fall Break 
 
23 October                               Chapter 10 Sexual Orientation                             
 
25 October                              Chapter 11 Pregnancy and Childbirth

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

15 November                           Possible guest speaker KC Anti-Violence Project  (written assignment due)                         

20 November                           Film: Science of the sexes: Growing up 

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 95
Cheating 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.

  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 98
Class 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 .



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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