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PSY 232 HUMAN SEXUALITY

PSY 232 – Human Sexuality

Course Outline 

Course Number & Name:  PSY 232 Human Sexuality

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101, SOC 101, or SOC 108

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description:  This course examines various theoretical perspectives on sexuality, such as its biological, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions.  Topics examined include, but are not limited to, male and female sexual anatomy, physiology, and response; sexuality over the life span; variations in sexual behavior and expression; sexual dysfunctions, paraphilias, and related therapies.  Emphasis is placed on the human sexual experience as a vehicle for self-awareness, self-understanding, and self-acceptance.

General Education Goals:  PSY 232 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.  PSY 232 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify the expertise of anthropologists, biologists, medical researchers, sociologists, psychologists, and other scientists in their ability to define and explain specific sexual behaviors and attitudes;
  2. identify and describe human sexual anatomy and its relationship to sexual arousal;
  3. describe the components of sexual relationships and communication;
  4. describe sexual behaviors and their relationship to sexual orientation;
  5. describe contraception and conception;
  6. discuss sexuality from childhood to adulthood;
  7. identify sexual difficulties and sexual-transmitted diseases (STDs) and explain the importance of treatment; and
  8. describe atypical sexual behavior and victimization.