Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2018/2019

SOCI 385: *Human Sexuality

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  Course Description

Exploration of sexuality from biological, psychological, and social perspectives. Critical issues directly and indirectly associated with sexual behavior are addressed. Cross-listed as PSYC 385 and SOCI 385.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or SOCI 111

Proctored Exams: Final



  • Crooks, R. & Baur, K.. (2014). Our sexuality (12th). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.  
    • [ISBN-978-1-133-94336-5]


  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.  
    • [ISBN-978-1433805615]

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, as well as participate in surveys and research 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 Objectives

  • To understand human sexuality from historical and multicultural perspectives.
  • To define major theoretical perspectives that influence the scientific study of human sexuality.
  • To understand human sexual anatomy and physiology, arousal and response, conception and contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and varieties of sexual life styles, relationships and practices.
  • To engage in discourse on gender as it relates to sexuality and society.

  Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain the multicultural history of sexuality.
  • Describe the significant theoretical perspectives that inform the study of human sexuality.
  • Explain the significant research methodologies within the discipline.
  • Explain gender, its definition, its role as a master status and the feminist/post structural critique of gender as a construct.
  • Recognize anatomical and physiological detail relating to both sexes.
  • Differentiate between major theories of love.
  • Explain the processes of sexual arousal and response.
  • Explain the processes of conception and childbirth.
  • Explain methods of contraception.
  • Differentiate between different types of sexually transmitted diseases, the behaviors leading to them and prevention methods.
  • Describe the uses and abuses of sexuality in the media and society.
  • Recognize paraphilias and the changing nature of social acceptance for abnormal behaviors.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
D 300-349 60-69%
F 0-299 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 160 32%
Quizzes 140 28%
Paper 100 20%
Final Exam 100 20%
Total 500 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1-1: Welcome 10 Wednesday
Discussion 1-2: Gender Role Development 10 Sunday
Quiz 1 20

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2-1: Biological Anatomy and Physiology of Gender Differences 10 Wednesday
Discussion 2-2: Sexual Arousal and Response 10 Sunday
Quiz 2 20
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3-1: Relationship Development 10 Wednesday
Discussion 3-2: Communication in Relationships 10 Sunday
Quiz 3 20

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4-1: Sexual Interaction 10 Wednesday
Discussion 4-2: Sexual Orientation 10 Sunday
Quiz 4 20

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5-1: Contraception 10 Wednesday
Discussion 5-2: Infertility 10 Sunday
Quiz 5 20

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6-1: Adolescent Pregnancy 10 Wednesday
Discussion 6-2: Sexuality in the Adult Years 10 Sunday
Quiz 6 20

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7-1: Sexual Difficulties 10 Wednesday
Discussion 7-2: Sexually Transmitted Diseases 10 Sunday
Quiz 7 20
Paper 100

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8-1: Sex on the Internet 10 Wednesday
Discussion 8-2: Sexual Harassment 10 Saturday
Final Exam 100
Total Points: 500

  Assignment Overview


You are expected to complete the reading assignments for each week prior to entering the discussions and completing the weekly quizzes.  


Each week there will be two discussion topics assigned. You are required to provide answers to the questions posed in each discussion topic (minimum of 300 words).  You are also required to respond to other postings for each topic.  You must respond to at least two students, each a full paragraph in length.


The purpose of each quiz is to monitor your comprehension of the information presented in the reading for each week. The quiz, given weekly, is multiple-choice with 20 questions, worth one point each, totaling 20 points.  The quiz must be taken online in the Quiz area by midnight Sunday.


Each student will be required to write a paper in APA format for this course. You will be required to design and discuss a sex education presentation for one of the following: children, adolescents, or parents.  This must be an original work based on a hypothetical presentation, and not a paper on sex education.  Specific instructions for completing this paper will be posted in the Content area.  The paper will be due at the end of Week 7. 

It is plagiarism to submit work done in a previous course, in whole or in part, and such work will not be accepted. Please take the plagiarism quiz provided in the quiz section at the beginning of Week 1. 

Final Exam

During Week 8, each student will be required to complete a proctored Final Exam covering Chapters 1-18 from the textbook.  Proctor information should be submitted via the Dropbox no later than Week 2.  The final may consist of multiple-choice, true and false, short essay, and/or long essay questions.  

  Course Outline

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


Chapters 1, 2, and 5

Discussion 1-1: Welcome

The task for our discussion this week is to get to know ourselves better. Make a list of all the places/sources where you got information about sex when you were growing up. Make a separate list about other sources you wish you had had. You will then discuss the impact each of these sources had on the accuracy of your information about sex and the impact these sources had on the majority of people you know. The success of this class is strongly influenced by the respect we show, the depth of our discussion and the level of social interaction engaged in. This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday. 

Discussion 1-2: Gender Role Development

Locate and review an article on contextual differences in parent-child play and the implications for children's gender role development.  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 students with both the Internet and the field of Human Sexuality. Explore the web links that are available to you in the reference section found in the content section and remember to reference your article in your assignment post.  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight on Sunday.

Quiz 1

Covers Chapters 1, 2, and 5


Chapters 3, 4, and 6

Discussion 2-1: Biological Anatomy and Physiology of Gender Differences

Discuss the possible physical, personal and interpersonal benefits a woman and a man can gain from knowledge and understanding of their body and how it functions.  In this task, review the biological anatomy and physiological aspects of gender differences.  How does the biological perspective explain gender differences?  On what do they focus?  What are the gender differences in brain development and function, and how do hormonal differences affect males and females physically, mentally, and emotionally.  What aspects do these perspectives not explain fully? This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday.

Discussion 2-2: Sexual Arousal and Response

Locate and review the article: “Sex: The science of sexual arousal from the Monitor on Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association (APA) and compare the information in it to what is in our textbook on the differences between the sexes in sexual arousal.  List, describe, and discuss three major differences between the sexes in sexual response.  How might lack of knowledge or awareness of these differences influence a couple's sex life? This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight on Sunday.

Quiz 2

Covers Chapters 3, 4, and 6

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.

Chapter 7

Discussion 3-1: Relationship Development

For this exercise we will examine the types of a love relationship as presented in your text.  Describe the characteristics of passionate and companionate love. Explain Sternberg’s triangular theory of love. Chose one of the types of relationship development and discuss in detail.  Why did you choose this type to discuss?  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday.

Discussion 3-2: Communication in Relationships

Find and review an article on gender based communication, provide the link in your posting.  What is gender based communication? Why is sexual communication so important and why is it so difficult?  Provide an example and discuss the differences in communication styles between males and females.  Share your own thoughts on the strategies provided in the text on improving sexual communication.  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight on Sunday.

Quiz 3

Covers Chapter 7


Chapter 8-9

Discussion 4-1: Sexual Interaction

Examine the information available at  http://healthysex.com/healthy-sexuality/part-one-understanding. Examine Maltz’s hierarchy of sexual interaction, briefly discuss the six levels, provide examples of each, and examine the variables included in this model.  How might this model be useful or significant? How can parents and other adults teach adolescents to develop intimacy in relationships? Is adolescence too late or should this be taught in earlier childhood? This portion of the assignment must be submitted by Midnight on Wednesday.

Discussion 4-2: Sexual Orientation

Are there differences in the patterns of relationships between lesbians and gay males?  Are there differences between heterosexual and homosexual patterns of relationships?  Consider lifestyles and family life. How are these patterns different?  How are these patterns the same?  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight on Sunday.

Quiz 4

Covers Chapters 8-9


Chapter 10-11

Discussion 5-1: Contraception

Explore this site on contraception: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control or locate one on your own. Describe one type of contraception available today; provide the current reliability statistics.  Discuss the level of safety this method provides. the popularity of the method, and the ease of use.  In your opinion, is there adequate information provided to the public on the various forms of contraception?  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 5-2: Infertility

Visit “Infertility Resources for Consumers” at www.ihr.com/infertility, This site provides infertility-related information, such as IVF, ICSI, fertility clinics, egg donor, drugs and medications. Examine alternatives available to couples faced with infertility issues.  Are the options realistic for every couple?  What is the success rate for each option?  What are some of the psychological and social pressures faced by those with fertility issues?  How would you support a friend or family member in these circumstances?  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight Sunday.

Quiz 5

Covers Chapters 10-11


Chapter 12-13

Discussion 6-1: Adolescent Pregnancy

Explore this site: http://www.healthyteennetwork.org and share impressions of the information found there and how this information could be used by parents and educators. Share research statistics on adolescent pregnancy and discuss the adolescent pregnancy rate in the United States compared with other countries.  Hypothesize what the differences might represent. Why is there such a large variance? What might be done to reduce the variance? Has the variance increased or decreased over the past few years? This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 6-2: Sexuality in the Adult Years

What are some of the changes adults experience in later life? Following relevant research on the internet, discuss how patterns of sexual expression change as women and men age. What can an individual do to maximize their sexual expression as they grow older? How has this assignment influenced your own thoughts and feelings about the future? This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight Sunday.

Quiz 6

Covers Chapters 12-13

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.

Chapter 14-15

Discussion 7-1: Sexual Difficulties

Locate an article or review the article provided in the course. Examine a chronic condition impacting sexual function. You may use the conditions outlined in the article provided.  Discuss the possible effects of the chronic condition on sexual expression. What are the options available to a person who has this chronic condition?  How comfortable do you believe the average person is in seeking help with sexual difficulties?  How has the media helped?  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 7-2: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

For this thread the class will explore the internet and find appropriate information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  Chose one Sexually Transmitted Disease and perform an analysis of the factors that may contribute to the rising incidence of the sexually transmitted diseases. What precautions might reduce the rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases? How can we raise the level of awareness on this issue and further educate not only adolescents but adults about STDs? This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight Sunday.

Quiz 7

Covers Chapters 14-15


Due midnight Sunday. 

You will be required to design and discuss a sex education presentation for one of the following: children, adolescents, or parents.  This must be an original work based on a hypothetical presentation, and not a paper on sex education. The paper must follow APA format. You will find more details about this assignment in the course Content area.


Chapter 16-18

Discussion 8-1: Sex on the Internet

Review the FBI’s booklet:   A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety (http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm).  What can parents do to minimize the opportunity for online victimization of their children?  What should parents do if they suspect their child is communicating with a sexual predator online?  How would you recommend educating parents on this topic?  Is education available on this topic in your community?  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by midnight Wednesday.

Discussion 8-2: Sexual Harassment

The class will examine the issue of sexual harassment.  Locate an article on “Preventing Student Sexual Harassment” (be sure to cite your source). What is sexual harassment?  How would you define it in your own words?  How can we educate students?  How can sexual harassment be stopped?  Most employers provide education on this topic.  Have you received training in your work place on this topic, and if so, how was this training received by your co-workers?  This portion of the assignment must be submitted by Midnight CT Saturday.

Final Exam

The final exam is comprehensive, coving chapters 1-18 of the text.  There will be multiple-choice, true/false, and short and long-answer questions.  You will have two hours to complete it.  You must take the exam in a proctored setting.  The exam must be completed between Monday and Saturday of Week 8 and be submitted not later than by Midnight CT Saturday of Week 8.

  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.


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.


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.

No late assignments will be accepted.

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.