Psychological aspects of human sexuality



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September 23 - 30

Pregnancy and birth


October 2

 First Paper due in class

October 2- 7

 Birth control, abortion, and infertility

October 9 – 21

Attraction, attractiveness, and love

October 14


No Class – Fall Break Monday. No Tuesday classes

October 16


Discussion of research project and student papers.

October 21

Review for exam

October 23

First exam

October 28 - 30

Theories of sexual orientation and homosexuality

October 30

Revisions of First Paper Due in Class

November 4


Completed surveys, scantron sheets, and response information due

November 4 - 13


Sexually transmitted diseases

November 13

Discussion of class survey data and final paper

November 18 – 20

Atypical sexual behavior

November 20 - December 6

Sexual coercion and victims of sex crimes

December 4

Second paper due in class

December 4

Extra credit due

December 9

Final Exam – noon-1:30pm. Regular classroom.



Lecture/Discussion Topics
August 26. Overview of the course. Discussion of basic terms. Interpreting psychological data.

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August 26 - September 2. Social regulation of sexual behavior. Sexual assumptions implicit in major world religions. History of sexual attitudes in western culture. Influences of Freud, the 1960’s sexual revolution, and the Me Generation. Evolutionary theory. Feminist theory. Queer theory.
Reading: Chapter 1. (pp. 1-32). Chapter 6 (pp. 184-197). Chapter 9 (pp. 256).

Optional: Hill. Chapters 2 and 3. Chapter 11.

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September 2 – 9. Surveys of sexual behavior in the United States. Current sexual behavior and attitudes in the U.S.
Reading: Chapter 1 (p. 24). Chapter 2 (pp. 36-47, 48, 51-53, 55-57).



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