PSYC2350 Topics in Human Sexuality

Course Description

The course meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 5. Sex is one of the most basic human drives. In this course, students will examine factors relating to the broad range of human sexuality, the development of sexual behavior, sexual functioning, and gender and related issues. It will take a multidisciplinary approach to understand the diverse foundations of human sexuality, including ways in which biology, psychology, history, personal experiences, society, values, attitudes, and culture all influence our sexuality. The course will examine anatomical, physiological, and emotional aspects, love and attraction, sexual dysfunction and treatment, Sexually Transmitted Infections, sex and aging, legal aspects of sexual behavior, sexual exploitation, and eroticism in American Culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify trends and changes in the past and present that influenced sexual attitudes and values.
  • Identify various parts and function of sexual anatomy, as well as recognize the research processes involved.
  • Recognize sexual health and the various sexual diseases and dysfunctions.
  • Examine sexual orientation, gender development, and gender identity.
  • Describe methods of birth control and contraception.
  • Describe the various types of unconventional sexual behavior.
  • Describe the reasons for, and effects of, commercial sex and sexual images portrayed in society.
  • Recognize the circumstances, causes, and effects of sexual assault.
  • Describe the changes that occur in a woman during pregnancy and birth.
  • Discuss love and intimacy, as well as communication about sex in relationships.

Prerequisite

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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other