Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the following perspectives when explaining human sexuality:
sociological, evolutionary, mass media, gender-role legacy, and
2. Describe and apply with examples the various research methods used to
study sexual behavior; include case studies, naturalistic and
laboratory observations, correlational studies, surveys and tests,
and the experimental method.
3. Identify and explain the functions of the female and male internal
and external sexual organs and structures and genital health concerns.
4. Demonstrate how chromosomal and hormonal processes and social-learning
factors influence gender role and gender identity.
5. Compare and contrast the males' and females' sexual arousal and
responses; include the roles of the brain, the senses, aphrodisiacs
and the aging process.
6. Explain how Kaplan's model differs from Masters and Johnson's model of
describing sexual arousal.
7. Describe Sternberg's Theory of Love and Lee's Styles of Loving and
list the ingredients of a lasting love relationship.
8. Distinguish among the different sexual behaviors: erotic dreams and
fantasies, self-pleasuring techniques, kissing and touching, and
9. Define sexual orientation and describe the social ramifications
associated with each type, including prejudice, privilege, law,
psychological and medical risk factors, and statistical data on
10. Compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages of the male and
female contraceptive devices, with emphasis on oral contraceptives,
barrier apparatus, intrauterine devices, and sterilization.
11. Compare and contrast the various medical, mechanical and surgical
procedures for the treatment of sexual dysfunctions.
12. Describe different types of sexual transmitted infections.
13. Discuss the evolutionary, social learning, and cultural factors that
contribute to aggressive behaviors; distinguish the difference
between physical, sexual and emotional abuse; and describe sexual
harassment, its effects, and ways of coping.
1. Perspectives on Human Sexuality
2. Studying Human Sexuality
3. Female Sexual Anatomy, Physiology, and Response
4. Male Sexual Anatomy, Physiology, and Response
5. Gender and Gender Roles
6. Sexuality over the Life Span
7. Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality
8. Communicating about Sex
9. Sexual Expression
10. Variations in Sexual Behavior
11. Contraception and Birth Control
12. Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
13. The Sexual Body in Health and Illness
14. Sexual Difficulties, Dissatisfaction, Enhancement and Therapy
15. Sexually Transmitted Infections
16. HIV and AIDS
17. Sexual Coercion: Harassment, Aggression, and Abuse
18. Sexually Explicit Materials, Prostitution, and Sex Laws
1. Carefully read approximately 25-35 pages per week and recapitulate
assigned material in the textbook and supplements.
2. Take at least two midterm exams and one final on lectures, reading
concepts and terminology.
3. Write a term or course research paper approximately 3-5 pages in
length for the purpose of learning research skills, enhancing course
knowledge, and improving writing skills.
4. At the discretion of the instructor, students may write one or more
2-3 page papers in response to reading and lecture materials.
Strong, Bryan; Devault, Christine; Sayad, Barbara; Yarber, William
HUMAN SEXUALITY: DIVERSITY IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, McGraw Hill, 2005.
Rathus, Spencer, A.; Nevid, Jeffrey S; Fichner-Rathus, Lois
HUMAN SEXUALITY IN A WORLD OF DIVERSITY, Allyn & Bacon, 2005.
King, Bruce M.
HUMAN SEXUALITY TODAY, Prentice-Hall, 2005.
Crooks, Robert; Baur, Karla
OUR SEXUALITY, Wadsworth, 2002.