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Human Sexuality

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 09-24-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-05-2018 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

Topics include societal and historical influences on sexual attitudes and values, psychosexual development, sex roles, reproductive anatomy and physiology, and contemporary political issues.

Essential Objectives:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the biological basis of sexuality including male and female anatomy, physiology, and roles in reproduction.
2. Discuss sexuality from a developmental perspective including gender roles, emotional and social changes from childhood through adolescence and adulthood.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the spectrum of sexual expression and identity from heterosexuality through homosexuality and bisexuality.
4. Describe commonly used methods of birth control, pros and cons of using different methods, and reasons why birth control methods may fail.
5. Identify prevention measures, causes, symptoms and impact of common sexually transmitted diseases.
6. Discuss psychosocial roles of intimacy, love and communication skills in sexual expression.
7. Describe varieties of sexual behavior including paraphilias, sadism/masochism, exhibitionism, and cross-dressing.
8. Identify sexual disorders and the role of sex therapy and other treatments.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary and multicultural issues related to human sexuality such as abortions, donor insemination, genetic testing, circumcision, sex changes, sexual violence and sexual offending.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

This course gives students the opportunity to explore the many aspects of sexuality. Students will develop an overarching understanding of how family values, cultural messages about sexuality, traumatic sexual experiences, and societal norms inform the sexual being we become.  It includes a deeper look at how people express their sexuality and how cultural norms affect our own willingness to stay within those norms or push the edges. We will explore the layers of sexual intimacy, from hooking up to being in a committed monogamous relationship, from the art of flirting to fully engaging in erotic fulfillment, and from the decision to be celibate for now or asexual for longer.  We will examine sexual fluidity, sexual orientation, and gender identities. Overall this course is focused on the positive aspects of being sexual, with students being encouraged to learn, reflect, laugh, question, and advocate for a sexually positive culture. 


The textbook for this course is "Sex Matters - The Sexuality & Society Reader" 4th Edition  ISBN - 9780393935868


  • Interactive class discussions and group activities 
  • Reading Assignments from course text and other sources 
  • Writing assignments- self reflective, inquiry based, and/or subject focused
  • Film and Media analysis
  • Mid term assignment
  • Research and debate activities 
  • Final class paper




Evaluation Criteria:

A student's work will be graded in the following way:

30% of grade for class participation. This includes active engagement in discussions, respectufl listening, and a demonstration of a willingness to be influenced and to be influential.

30% of grade for satisfactory completion of reading and writings assignments

15% of grade for satisfactory completion of mid term assignment

10% of grade for participation and thoughtful contribution to assigned debates

15% of grade for satisfactory completion of final class paper

Grading Criteria:

  A+ to A =  99% - 93%  For any work to receive an “A”, it must be exceptional work that exemplifies keen insight and original thinking. It must demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed and provide critical analysis of these. 

A- to B+  =  92% - 87% For any work to receive an “A-“ through “B+“ it must be excellent work. It must demonstrate originality, solid comprehension, critical thinking skills, and a strong desire to know and learn more about the topics.

 B  =  86% - 83%  For any work to receive a “ B”  it must be good to excellent work. It must clearly meet the expectations of the assignment and demonstrate good comprehension and the ability to critically  think and apply understanding to realities of life.


B- to C+  =  82% - 77%  For any work to receive a “B-“  through a “C+” it must represent good work. It must meet the expectations of the assignment and demonstrate comprehension of the topic and the ability to discuss issues related to the subject


C  = 76% - 73% For any work to receive a “C” it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate fair comprehension of the topic and an understanding of the overall concepts associated with the subject.  A “C’ reflects a student’s ability to articulate his or her learning.


C- to D+  = 72% - 67%  For any work to receive a “C- through a “D+” it must meet the expectations of the assignment but only demonstrate fair work. It will demonstrate a grasp of the topic and show the ability to critically connect some of the core components of the subject to other aspects of life.


D to D- = 66% - 60%  For any work to receive a “D” through D-” it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It must however demonstrate at least some comprehension of the assignment.


F  =  59% and under  For any work to receive an “F” it indicates failure to meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates problems with comprehension and critical thinking. 


P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Attendance Policy:

Class meets twice a week for seven weeks.

One absences with instructor notification is permitted, two absences impacts a student's grade, three or more absences results in class failure.  For all missed classes students are responsible for completing readings and assignments within the next week.                                      

Student participation is essential for success in this course therfore attendance is critical. There is a strong emphasis on dialogue and skillful discussion in this class, please make every effort to be present. 

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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