Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • Final
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • 3.0
  • This course is an introductory overview of the field of human sexuality. Human sexuality will be examined from psychological, biological, sociocultural, and historical perspectives. Students will be encouraged to become aware of their own sexual attitudes, values, and behaviors and to evaluate the consistency of their behaviors within their own moral frameworks. Current sex norms and various aspects of interpersonal and individual sexual adjustment will be explored.

  • 130
  • English, one level below transfer (i.e., eligibility for English composition (C-ID ENGL 100)) and reading (a course with an exiting skill of ability to read a college level text)

  • Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
    Perspectives on Sexuality:  Cultural and Social Values  
    Sex Research
    Gender Issues
    Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
    Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
    Sexual Arousal and Response
    Sexual Orientation
    Sexuality Throughout Life-span
    Love, Attraction, Relationships, and Sexual Communication
    Contraception, Conception, and Childbirth
    Sexual Behaviors
    Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Nature and Origins of Sexual Difficulties and Sex Therapy
    Asexual Typical Variations
    Sexual Coercion and Commercial Sex

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Explain sexual diversity and values of various cultures
    2. Evaluate how media influences and reflects sexuality
    3. Locate systematic studies of human sexuality.
    4. Critique changing gender roles in today's society and the impact of these changes in intimate relationships.
    5. Identify relevant features of human anatomy and physiology in the reproductive processes and the role of the brain and neurotransmitters in sexual arousal
    6. Identify factors contributing to relationship satisfaction over time.
    7. Identify ways couples can share responsibility for birth control.
    8. Determine physiological and psychosocial factors contributing to sexual dysfunctions and identify treatment alternatives available for men and women who experience sexual difficulties.
    9. Identify strategies to reduce the likelihood of contracting a sexually transmitted infections
    10. Analyze psychosocial bases of rape, childhood sexual abuse, and prostitution.

  • Tests, written assignments, and class participation

  • Crooks, R. & Baur, K. Our Sexuality (Current Edition). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth Publishing Co.

    Strong, B., Yarber, W.L., Sayad, B. W., & DeVault, C. Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America (Current Edition). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.

  • human sexuality, sex, psych, psychology

  • December 23, 2011
  • March 03, 2015