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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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PSY 261 - Human Sexuality

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Course Description:

This course examines the cognitive, cultural, biological, psychological, and socioemotional perspectives of human sexuality with the primary focus on the psychological perspective and its impact on individuals and society. The broad goal of this course includes an increased knowledge of the diverse aspects biological, developmental, and scientific aspects of human sexuality, in addition to developing a greater awareness of self and others. Some of the topics that will be covered are sexual relationships, sexual communication, sexual behaviors, sexual orientations, paraphilias, sexual aggression, pornography, and prostitution. Having a basic understanding of human sexuality will help students to develop and maintain a personal philosophy concerning sexual attitudes, decision-making, and behavior, which, in turn, can help them as future parents, educators, or counselors to better understand the process of human sexual development. 

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: ebook/Access Code: $75.00

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize methods of research into human sexuality
  2. Recall the history of sexual practices and attitudes in western society and other cultures
  3. Identify female and male sexual anatomy and physiology
  4. Understand love and the development of sexual relationships
  5. Recall sexual behavior patterns
  6. Identify methods of communication in sexual behavior
  7. Recall the continuum of sexual behavior: heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality
  8. Summarize contraception, fertilization, and infertility problems
  9. Explain sexual development and sexuality during childhood, adolescence, the adult years, and the older years
  10. Recall the nature and origin of sexual difficulties and sex therapy
  11. Identify various sexually transmitted diseases
  12. Understand sexual victimization
  13. Analyze the commercialization of sex
  14. Recall the paraphilias

Course Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast scientific, research-based evidence with popular and ideological materia
  2. Apply sexual health practices based on a) the knowledge of sexual anatomy and physiology, b) the ability to communicate effectively about sexuality with partners, family members, and health- care providers, and c) understanding of psychological influences on sexual decision-making and health behaviors
  3. Identify the historical, biological, social, psychological, and cultural contexts of diverse sexual practices
  4. Describe diversity relating to gender identity, gender role expression, sexual orientation and variations
  5. Establish, maintain, and enhance intimate relationships through the utilization of research-based principles
  6. Apply critical thinking skills to reflect on your own and others’ beliefs and perspectives in relation to human sexuality
  7. Define consent, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault. Identify campus resources for sexual assault and prevention

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