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PSYC 385: *Human Sexuality

Course Description

Exploration of sexuality from psychological and social perspectives. Critical issues directly and indirectly associated with sexual behavior are addressed. Human sexual behavior is openly discussed in this course and is illustrated in the textbooks. Cross-listed as SOCI 385.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 111.

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Crooks, R. & Baur, K. . (2014). Our Sexuality (13th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
    • [ISBN-978130564652-0]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

This course will provide the student the opportunity to analyze and discuss various topics in the field of human sexuality. Human sexuality addresses ways in which we experience and express ourselves as sexual beings. Our society embraces a wide range of sexual attitudes and values. The study of human sexuality draws upon the expertise of anthropologists, biologists, medical researchers, sociologists, psychologists, and other scientists.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. To describe human sexuality from historical and multicultural perspectives.
  2. To define major theoretical perspectives that influence the scientific study of human sexuality.
  3. To explain the significant research methodologies within the discipline.
  4. To examine the socially constructed nature of sexual identities.
  5. To describe how sexuality overlaps with various social institutions, like education, media, family and government.
  6. To recognize the changing nature of social norms.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 652-725 90-100%
B 580-651 80-89%
C 508-579 70-79%
D 435-507 60-69%
F 0-434 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 160 22%
Research Paper (1) 125 17%
Research Paper Topic (1) 20 3%
Article Review Assignment (1) 20 3%
Research Paper Abstract (1) 20 3%
Research Paper Annotated Bibliography (1) 20 3%
Research Paper Peer Review (1) 20 3%
Quizzes (7) 140 19%
Final Exam (1) 200 28%
Total 725 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion (Introductions) -- Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 1 10
Discussion 2 10
Quiz 1 20 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 4 10
Quiz 2 20 Sunday
Research Paper: Research Question/Topic 20
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 6 10
Quiz 3 20 Sunday
Research Paper: Article Review 20
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 8 10
Quiz 4 20 Sunday
Research Paper: Abstract 20
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 10 10
Quiz 5 20 Sunday
Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography 20
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 12 10
Research Paper: Peer Review (Discussion) 20
Quiz 6 20 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 14 10
Quiz 7 20 Sunday
Research Paper 125
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 10 Thursday/Saturday
Discussion 16 10
Final Exam 200 Saturday
Total Points 725

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week will have 2 discussion topics/questions to answer. Discussion topics will become available Monday and all work must be completed by Sunday. You must post your original response to the Discussion prompts by 11:59 pm CT Thursday. You must then provide substantive responses to at least two classmates’ initial posts within each Discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday, except in Week 8, where they are due Saturday.

Discussion posts (initial) should be complete, clear, and a minimum of 100 words. Replies to other students should address the posted subject, and be at least 1 paragraph in length (50 words). A grading rubric will be provided. Discussion (with the exception of Introductions topic) are worth 10 points each.


Research Paper

Research Question/Paper Topic

You will propose a research question to be the subject of a Research Paper due in Week 7 of the course. You will use the table of contents in the textbook or appropriate online resources, and think about questions you have about human sexuality to choose your question/topic.

You will be required to cite one peer-reviewed journal article or book that explores the question at the time you propose the topic.

The research question/topic must be submitted in a 3-page paper that includes a title page, a page of essay text with at least one citation, and a reference page with one reference. The paper must be formatted in APA or ASA style, 12 point Times New Roman font. You will submit the paper to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2. You may not use work completed in part or whole from another course or institution. The Paper will be worth 20 points.

Article Review Assignment

You will submit a brief APA/ASA paper in Week 3. The paper should be brief (3 pages), in APA/ASA style. You should include a title page, a brief essay with at least one in-text citation, and a reference page with one reference. The Article Review Assignment will require you to identify one book or journal article that you will use in your Research Paper.

The body of the Article Review Assignment should summarize the relevant content of the article to review the topic you’ve chosen for the Research Paper. The Article Review Assignment should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 3. It will be worth 20 points.

Abstract
You will submit an abstract for your Research Paper in Week 4. The Abstract should be a concise summary (150-250 words) of the key points of research. It should contain the research topic, questions, analysis, and the conclusion(s). The Abstract should be written and formatted in APA or ASA style. Once complete, it should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. It is worth 20 points.
Annotated Bibliography

You will complete an annotated bibliography in Week 6. The Annotated Bibliography should contain at least three references from books or peer-reviewed journal articles. The Annotated Bibliography should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 5. It will be worth 20 points.

Peer Review/Writer’s Workshop

You will submit a draft Research Paper for peer review in Week 6. You must provide substantive feedback to at least two classmate’s papers, identifying at least one positive quality in each of the papers and one area that needs improvement. You will be given prompts to help guide your review.

Papers must be submitted to the Peer Review Discussion for review by 11:59 pm CT Thursday. All reviews must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 6. The Writer’s Workshop activity is worth 20 points.

Final Research Paper

The final Research paper will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7. The Research Paper must be 6 pages long and include a title page, abstract, and reference page. It should be formatted in APA or ASA style, double-spaced, with 12 point Times New Roman font used throughout. Papers that vary in format will lose points. A rubric and grading criteria will be provided in the Content area. The final Research Paper is worth 125 points.


Quizzes

There will be weekly Quizzes in Weeks 1-7. Quizzes will be available beginning 12:01 am CT Monday and be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the same week. Quizzes will cover material covered in the assigned readings. Quizzes will be comprised of 20 multiple-choice questions. You will have one timed attempt at each quiz. You will have a time limit of 60 minutes (with a 5 minute grace period). Each quiz is worth 20 points.


Final Exam

The Final Exam will be proctored. Proctor information will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2. The Final Exam will be cumulative, covering material from all chapters covered in the course. The Final Exam will consist of 90 multiple-choice or true/false questions (2 points each), and 2 essay questions (10 points each) and is worth 200 points. You have 120 minutes to complete the Final Exam. The Final Exam opens at 12:01 am CT Tuesday of Week 8 and must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction to Human Sexuality & Gender Issues
Reading
Chapter 1, 2, and 5 and Instructional Materials
Discussion (Introductions)

Let’s start the class with introductions! This first discussion is to get to know each other! While I realize you are often required to introduce yourselves in multiple classes each session, getting to know your classmates in THIS class often sets the stage for the depth of the discussions and social interaction we’ll engage in. Here are just a few ideas for your post, feel free to have fun with it!

  • Is this your first online class?
  • If you have taken online classes before, what have your experiences been like in the online environment? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the platform?
  • What is your major? Why did you choose it? Where are you at in your program?
  • How did you come upon this class?
  • Where are you from? Do you currently hold a full-time job?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time??
  • Do you have hobbies or interests you devote your time to? Areas of study you are passionate about?
Discussion 1

Make a list of all the places/sources you feel provided information about sex to you when you were growing up. Then make a separate list containing places/sources of information you wish had been available to you. Discuss the impact each of these sources has/has had on the accuracy of your information about sex and the impact these sources have had on people you know.

Again the success of this class is strongly influenced by the respect we show, the depth of our discussion and the level of social interaction we engage in.

Discussion 2

Source and review an article (of your choosing) on parent-child play and the implications for children's gender role development and gender role legacy. Then answer the following prompts as part of your response.

  • What is gender-role legacy and why does it matter?
  • How has the gender-role legacy impacted your life?
  • To what extent to do you agree with this legacy?

This task is designed to familiarize you with research available on the Internet and the field of Human Sexuality. Be sure to reference your article in the assignment post with a direct link or a copy attached.

Quiz 1
Covers Chapters 1, 2, and 5
Week 2: Sexual Anatomy & Arousal
Reading
Chapter 3, 4, and 6 and Instructional Materials; Sex: The Science of Sexual Arousal (Monitor on Psychology, provided in the Content area)
Discussion 3

Discuss the possible physical, personal and interpersonal benefits individuals can gain from knowledge and understanding of their body and how it functions. To accomplish this task read chapters 3 and 4 and answer the following:

  • What role, if any does media play in shaping a woman’s self-image regarding the appearance of her genitals? Be sure to discuss the relatively new cultural phenomenon of shaving or waxing one’s pubic region and/or genital piercings.
  • Explain why penis size has historically been so important and how it has affected men’s masculinity and/or self-image. Describe penile augmentation procedures.
  • Males tend to be more comfortable with their genitals than females are with their genitals. This in part accounts for the greater rates of masturbation among males than females. What are the underlying reasons for such gender differences? Are they consistent cross-culturally?
Discussion 4

Review the article: Sex: The science of Sexual Arousal from the Monitor on Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association (APA) and compare it to our textbook relative to the differences between the sexes in sexual arousal.

  • Identify and describe three major differences between the sexes in sexual response.
  • How might lack of knowledge or and awareness of these differences influence a couple's sex life?
Quiz 2
Covers Chapters 3, 4, and 6
Research Paper: Research Question/Topic
Propose a research question that you will answer in your research paper for this course. Submit your Paper Topic to the appropriate dropbox.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Sexual Relationships
Reading
Chapter 7 and Instructional Materials
Discussion 5

Complete the prompts for Discussion 5 and contribute a response to at least two classmate’s posts. Our goal for this discussion will be exploring the types of love relationships presented in your text.

List the types of love relationship and provide a short explanation of each in your own words. Then, choose one of the types of relationship development and discuss it in detail. Why did you choose this type to discuss? How do you identify/not identify with it?

Discussion 6

Complete the prompts for Discussion 6 and contribute a response to at least two classmates. Source an online article on gender-based communication and provide a URL/link in your posting.

What is sexual communication? Why is sexual communication important in relationships and what makes it so difficult for many couples?

Using an example, discuss the differences in communication styles between individuals in relationships. What are your thoughts on the strategies provided in the text on improving sexual communication? Do you agree with them? Are there others you would add or perhaps change slightly?

Quiz 3
Covers Chapter 7
Research Paper: Article Review
Identify one historical text or journal article you plan to use for your research paper. Write a brief (3-page) APA format paper in which you summarize the article. The first page of the brief should be a title page. The second page should include your essay, and the third page of the brief will be the reference page in APA style. Submit your 3-page brief to the appropriate dropbox.
Week 4: Sexual Behaviors and Orientations
Reading
Chapters 8 and 9 and Instructional Materials
Discussion 7

Complete the prompts for Discussion 7 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts. Examine Maltz's Hierarchy of Sexual Interaction in your text and explore other areas of her website.

  • Briefly explain each of the six levels, providing examples of each and identify the variables included in this model.
  • How might this model be useful or significant to the field of study and those using it?
  • How can parents and other adults teach adolescents to develop intimacy in relationships?
Discussion 8

Complete the prompts for Discussion 8 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts.

  • Examine and discuss the following: Are there differences in the patterns of relationships between lesbian, gay, and straight couples?
  • Are there differences between heterosexual and homosexual patterns of relationships?
  • Consider specifically lifestyles and family life. How are these patterns the same? How are these patterns different?

I do not want to see moral judgments here. I do expect to see academically based responses.

Quiz 4
Covers Chapters 8 and 9
Research Paper: Abstract
Write an abstract for your research paper, following APA style. You will find more information about this assignment, including a Sample Abstract, in the course Content area. Submit your Abstract to the appropriate dropbox.
Week 5: Contraception: Historical and Social Perspectives
Reading
Chapter 10 and Instructional Materials
Discussion 9

Complete the prompt for Discussion 9 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts.

How has birth control (either voluntary or involuntary) affected the lives of women? Cite major initiatives and the people responsible for them to support your argument.

Discussion 10

Complete the prompt for Discussion 10 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts.

From a historical and social perspective, discuss available methods of voluntary contraception throughout U.S. history and key legislation related to contraceptive use, including laws like the Comstock Laws that ended in 1938. Aside from direct legislation, why did birth control not immediately take off?

Quiz 5
Covers Chapter 10
Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography
Write an annotated bibliography for your Research paper. It should contain only three references from history texts or peer-reviewed journal articles. Submit your Annotated Bibliography to the appropriate dropbox.
Week 6: Sexuality from Childhood to Adulthood
Reading

Chapters 12 and 13 and Instructional Materials; Healthy Teen Network Website

Discussion 11

Complete the prompts for Discussion 11 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts. Explore the Healthy Teen Network website, and share impressions of the information found there and how this information could be used by parents and educators by answering the following prompts:

Analyze research statistics available on the website related to adolescent pregnancy rates in the United States compared to other countries. Is there a considerable variance present? What could this represent? Have the statistics improved over the past 3 to 5 years? What could improve the statistics?

Discussion 12

Complete the prompts for Discussion 12 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts.

In Chapter 13 we look at sexuality and how it evolves in the adult years and as people age. What are some of the changes adults experience in later life? As you explore relevant research and information on the Internet, how do patterns of sexual expression or activity change as men and women age? What can individuals do to maintain and maximize their sexual expression/activity as they grow older? How has looking at this topic influenced your own thoughts and feelings about the future?

Research Paper: Peer Review (Discussion)

Present a complete draft of the body of your paper to your classmates. Attach it as a .doc file so your peer can provide feedback. Then provide substantial peer-review of two of your classmates’ papers. Identify at least one positive quality in each of the papers and one area that could use some improvement. Some things to look for in your peer review:

  1. Is the research question clearly stated?
  2. Does the author provide compelling and credible research that answers the question?
  3. Is the use of APA format correct?
  4. Is the use of grammar and punctuation correct?
  5. Students will upload their draft paper to the appropriate discussion topic.

Quiz 6
Covers Chapters 12 and 13
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Sexual Difficulties, Treatment & STDs
Reading
Chapters 14 and 15 and Instructional Materials
Discussion 13

Complete the prompt for Discussion 13 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts. Locate an article or review the website WebMD Sexual Health Center. Examine a chronic condition impacting sexual function.

Discuss the possible effects the chronic condition might or will have on sexual expression. What treatment or support options are available to a person who has this chronic condition? What social or cultural barriers might prevent the average person from seeking help for this condition? How do you feel the media has helped or hurt this? Support your position.

Discussion 14

Complete the prompt for Discussion 14 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts. For this discussion the class will explore available Internet resources and find appropriate information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), to answer the following prompts.

In addition to reading pages 495 – 501 in your text, you will review the WHO resource site provided and identify one STI and provide analysis of the factors that may contribute to the rising incidences of this condition. What available precautions or support services might reduce these incidences? What types of awareness campaigns or education is being used globally and how would education best be to adolescents and adults in the United States?

Quiz 7
Covers Chapters 14 and 15
Research Paper
The paper must be 6 pages long and include a title page, abstract, 3 pages of text, and a reference page. It should be formatted in APA style, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font used throughout. Papers that vary in format will lose points. Submit your Research Paper to the appropriate dropbox.
Week 8: Atypical Sexual Behavior & Victimization
Reading
Chapters 16, 17, and 18 and Instructional Materials
Discussion 15

Complete the prompt for Discussion 15 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts.

Begin by viewing the PBS Documentary “American Porn”. Discuss how atypical sexual behavior is defined. Religion and the economy, for example, have played large roles in establishing what is considered normal and what is considered deviant. Who decides, for example, what is “atypical” sexual behavior?

Discussion 16

Complete the prompt for Discussion 16 and contribute a response to at least two classmates’ posts.

Begin by defining pornography and explain some of the problems in establishing a contemporary definition. Compare pornography and erotica.

Discuss the current legal controversies surrounding pornography and freedom of speech.

  • Should laws regulate the dissemination of pornography or should adults have the absolute right to possess ANY type of pornographic material for personal use only?
  • If adults held the right to possess any type of pornographic material for personal use, what might be the cost of such a right be?
  • Describe the “pornification” of mainstream culture. What is the relationship between technology and pornographic materials?
Final Exam
The cumulative Final Exam will cover all textbook chapters/readings from Weeks 1-8. It will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions. It is worth 200 points and will be proctored. A time limit of 120 minutes will be enforced.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late assignments will receive zero credit.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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