Human Sexuality Levan 100
Instructor Midge Wilson, Ph.D.
(Note: PSY 215 counts for credit in the Self, Society, and the
Modern World learning domain of the Liberal Studies Program
Goals (or, by the end of the quarter you should be able to):
basic facts about
anatomy, contraception, pregnancy, and disease in the area human
2. Understand different
theoretical perspectives on various topics (e.g., causes of sexual
orientation, infidelity, love, dysfunction, etc.), and to
be able to discern when sexual issues arise from psychological
sources (e.g. sex guilt,
gender roles, inhibited
desire, etc.) versus physical explanations (e.g.
trauma, brain structure differences, etc.) -- or even a complex
3. Recognize class and cultural issues associated with various
1) sexual practices, 2) attitudes, and 3) STIs, and be able to
articlulate why these differences might develop.
4. Comfortably discuss sexual matters, including how to communicate one's own needs and to effectively listen to those of a partner.
5. Name basic methods of research, and be able to critically dissect findings in the area of human sexuality, including the role of the media in reporting relevant studies.
6. Identify 1) the limiting effects of traditional gender roles; and 2) the differences between healthy and unhealthy ways of loving and sexually relating to others.
feminist analyses of human sexuality and how many beliefs about
gender identity and sexual orientation are socially constructed.
8. Write a short paper with
at least two scholarly references connecting popular culture in the form of
to psychological theory about sexual behaviors and /or relationships.
Short Paper: For your short 3 page double-spaced paper -- not including a separate "References" page -- you are to select a song (e.g., rock, hip hop, country, jazz, blues, etc.) with lyrics that address one or more various issues discussed in class (e.g., reproductive rights, sexual assault, pregnancy, love, STD, atypical sex, etc.). Be sure to post on Blackboard the song you want to write about, as once you've claimed a particular song, it's yours and yours alone (although the professor reserves the right to reject any song deemed not relevant to the class). NOTE: This is to say that no two students can use the same song in their short paper, so you must check the entire list of classmates' song selections before posting your own choice. Any student writing a paper on a song previously claimed by another will receive an F for his or her work. All songs must be posted by Thursday, October 7th.
In this paper, you must clearly articulate how the lyrics of your selected music connect to class material, especially from a theoretical perspective. What is the position of the artist? What does research and theory say about behaviors in this area? What do you think? To support your thesis, you must cite at least two scholarly references, APA style (see the library, your first year writing program style book, or look in Blackboard under "Course Information." Note: Internet references are not typically considered scholarly in nature, unless they come from an online peer reviewed professional journals. It is okay to use references from pop culture magazines or typical internet sites, but only as additional references beyond the two required scholarly ones. Full references may be gleaned from the back of your textbook (See pages 599-634), or even from the posted assigned readings, but I would prefer that you find new scholarly material on your own. Please note that if you do use a reference from your textbook, do not simply cite, for example, Carroll, (2005), the author of your textbook. Janell Carroll's textbook is only a secondary source, one that brings together and cites the ideas and research findings of others. Primary sources are what you want to be citing -- and to whom you want to give credit -- in any college research paper. Thus, if you do see a useful scholarly reference cited in the textbook, as you write your paper, you must cite the primary reference like the following::
According to Wilson (2001, cited by Carroll, 2005), the students who regularly attended class were more likely to earn top grades on their exams.
Then on your (separate) References page, you will need to cite the full reference in the following way (and again, you can find complete references -- and needless to say, for real authors and articles, not a fake one like this -- on pp. 599-634 of your textbook):
Wilson, M. (2001) The effects of attendance on test performance in human sexuality classes, Journal of Higher Education, 25, 66-75,
cited in J. L. Carroll (2005) Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity, (Belmont, CA: Thompson-Wadsworth.).
NOTE: Remember no reference should appear in the text of your short paper that is not fully cited APA style on the References page, and all references included on the References page must appear (APA style) in the text of your paper.
Finally, putting all the lyrics of the song on a single page does not count as one of your three required pages, but do know you can may include the lyrics in their entirety at either the beginning or end of your paper. Alternatively, you may fold some of the lines of the song into your paper as you go along to make your points and support your thesis.
Lincoln Park Campus
Byrne Hall, Room 535
Phone for both locations is (773) 325-4258
Tues./Thurs. 9:00 to 10:00 am
Munroe 122 Wed. 10 am to noon
I check my e-mail regularly, so if you would like to communicate that way, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual experience does not correlate with exam performance, however, attendance does. There is no laboratory for this course!
pp. 61- 99
A Gender Neuter
Coventry, M. (2000, Oct./Nov.) Making the Cut. Ms., 53-60.
4. Gender Develop Cont.
Male Sexual Anatomy pp. 100 -120
5. Male Sexual Anatomy Cont.
Female Sexual Anatomy pp. 121-151
Angier, Natalie (1999) Excerpt from Woman: An Intimate Geography, as reprinted in Ms. (2000,Feb..\ Mar.), 54-55.
Lerner, H. (Jul. 2, 2003) Practicing `psychic genital mutilation.' Chicago Tribune, Sect., WomanNews, Chicago, Ill.
6. Female Sexual
I Thursday September 30th CHAPTERS 1- 5
The Science of Love
My First Time
Werner, E. (1997) The cult of virginity. Ms., VII (5), 41-43.
Sexual Orientation pp. 313-348
L.A. & Garnets, L.D. (2000) A new paradigm for understanding
sexuality and sexual orientation. Journal of Social Issues, 56,
11. Pregnancy and Birth pp. 349-382 Miracle of Life
EXAM II Tuesday October 26th CHAPTERS 7- 12
13. Sexual Functioning
pp. 427 - 459
Varieties of Expression pp. 498 - 526
Power and Coercion pp. 527 - 558 Male Sexual Assault
17. Power and
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