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.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Human Sexuality

  • Relate various value systems to sexual decision making.
  • Discuss the critical thinking involved in sexual decision making.
  • Explain the functions of male and female external and internal sex organs.

Sexual Arousal and Sexual Response Cycle

  • Compare and contrast the stages of sexual response cycles for males and females.
  • Summarize the role of the brain, neurochemicals, and sex hormones in sexual arousal.
  • Give examples of the role of the senses in sexual arousal.

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.

Contraception, Abortion, and Adult Lifestyles

  • State the advantages and disadvantages of various contraceptive methods.
  • Analyze trends related to singlehood, cohabitation, and marriage.
  • Describe psychological effects women may experience before and after an abortion.

Sexuality at Different Life Stages

  • 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.
  • Discuss sexuality and people with disabilities.

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.

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