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PSY 261 - Human Sexuality

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
This course provides students with definitive and precise information about the nature of human sexuality and gender roles. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to present a more comprehensive view, stressing the biological, social, and psychological aspects of sexuality and gender roles.
Competencies
  1. Discuss the historical and cultural perspectives, as well as current perspectives of human sexuality.
    1. Identify the characteristics of the major historical eras regarding sexuality.
    2. Explain implications of cultural legacies regarding sexuality.
    3. Summarize influences of media on sexuality. 
  2. Describe research methods used in human sexuality.
    1. Distinguish the major research methods and their advantages and limitations.
    2. Describe the ethical concerns that must be addressed in sex research.
    3. Examine research and technologies on human sexuality.
  3. Identify male and female sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual arousal, and sexual behavior.
    1. Describe male and female sexual anatomy and physiology, and functions.
    2. Identify sexual and reproductive health concerns, risk factors, and prevention.
    3. Explain the roles of the senses, hormones and the brain in sexual arousal and function.
    4. Describe the sexual response cycle.
    5. Summarize statistics regarding trends in sexual behavior.
  4. Summarize sexual development during the life stages.
    1. Describe sexuality in childhood.
    2. Describe sexuality in adolescence, including the social aspects and sex education.
    3. Identify the sexual lifestyles of adults. 
  5. Distinguish among gender identity, gender roles, and sexual orientation.
    1. Identify research on gender identity.
    2. Describe the issues surrounding transexualism and transgenderism.
    3. Define sex, gender roles, stereotypes, and androgyny.
    4. Explain the continuum of sexual orientation, including homosexuality, bisexuality, and heterosexuality.
    5. Describe theories and research evidence for the development of sexual orientation.
    6. Discuss related issues, such as coming out, relationship, family, and political issues.
  6. Describe methods of contraception and abortion.
    1. Recognize the available methods of contraception and sterilization, their advantages and disadvantages, and their effectiveness.
    2. Identify the methods of abortion.
  7. Discuss conception, pregnancy, and birth.
    1. Explain the process of conception.
    2. Define infertility and alternate routes to parenthood.
    3. Describe the process of childbirth, including birth problems.
    4. Summarize the physical, emotional and sexual changes after childbirth.
  8. Describe sexual dysfunctions and their treatments.
    1. Discuss the origins and types of sexual dysfunctions.
    2. Identify treatments available for sexual dysfunctions.
  9. Distinguish among sexually transmitted infections.
    1. Identify the major bacterial, viral, and ectoparasitic sexually transmitted diseases and vaginal infections.
    2. Describe the symptoms, treatment, and prognosis for infections.
    3. Recognize methods for prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
  10. Describe the types of coercive sexual behavior and commercial aspects of sexuality.
    1. Identify the incidence of, myths about, ways to prevent, and treatment of victims of rape.
    2. Describe child sexual abuse and the treatment of victims.
    3. Describe the incidence and types of prostitution.
    4. Distinguish between obscenity and pornography, and identify relevant legal issues.
  11. Discuss sexual relationships and sexual communication.
    1. Identify variables affecting attraction and love.
    2. Recognize the skills for communicating in sexual relationships.
    3. Describe different types of love and styles of attachment.
    4. Identify the variables in maintaining relationship satisfaction.



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