Psychology Of Human Sexuality – psy265 (3 credits)
This course is a comprehensive view of the psychosocial and physiological aspects of sexual health in our contemporary society. The student will have opportunities to explore numerous relevant topics including love, intimacy, and relationships; sex and marketing; sexual diseases; sexual abuse; gender identity and sex roles; and socio-cultural influences and values in decision making. The course is designed for the student to understand attitudes and behaviors as they relate to sexual well-being and integrity.
Sexuality at Different Life Stages
- Discuss sexuality and people with disabilities.
- Describe sexual behaviors associated with various stages of childhood development.
- Discuss adolescent sexual decision making.
- Outline physical and psychological changes that affect sex later in life.
Paraphilias and Sexual Abuse
- Summarize theoretical perspectives on paraphilias.
- Discuss perspectives on treatments of people with paraphilias.
- Discuss the consequences of childhood sexual abuse and rape.
- State possible treatments for sexual offenders.
Human Sexuality in the Modern World
- Prepare a report on the factors that contribute to one’s sexuality.
- Appraise the effect of the media on the sexual education of adolescents.
Sexual Arousal and Sexual Response Cycle
- Summarize the role of the brain, neurochemicals, and sex hormones in sexual arousal.
- Give examples of the role of the senses in sexual arousal.
- Compare and contrast the stages of sexual response cycles for males and females.
Contraception, Abortion, and Adult Lifestyles
- Describe psychological effects women may experience before and after an abortion.
- State the advantages and disadvantages of various contraceptive methods.
- Analyze trends related to singlehood, cohabitation, and marriage.
- Discuss the critical thinking involved in sexual decision making.
- Explain the functions of male and female external and internal sex organs.
- Relate various value systems to sexual decision making.
Sexual Dysfunctions and Gender Identity
- Summarize possible causes and treatments of various sexual dysfunctions.
- Discuss various factors in the determination of gender identity.
- Discuss the continuum of masculinity-femininity.
Love and Relationships
- Discuss the components that affect attraction.
- Compare and contrast the various styles of love.
- Identify communication techniques that improve sexual and emotional relations.
Relationships and Homosexuality
- Discuss various sexual techniques.
- Summarize the historical and scientific perspectives on homosexuality.
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