Spring 2012

Syllabus for HE 2 Human Sexuality (online)

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Professor Susan S. Quatre, RN, BSN, PHN, RN/C (med-surg)


Course Description

This course assists students in gaining increased knowledge, appreciation, and respect for their own sexuality as well as others. Course is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing for 54 hours of continuing education credit. (Provider # 00892)

3.0 Semester Units


Prerequisites: English 250 and English 260

Basic computer, word processing, internet and email skills are required for this online course.

Textbook: B. Strong, Wm. Yaber, B. Sayad, C. DeValut. Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America. (7th ed) 2010. McGraw-Hill Publishers.This book is available at the college bookstore. You can rent this text for a significant reduction (about 55% less than new) in cost at this website (click on the words "college bookstore" above. I strongly suggest this cost-saving device since most textbooks are out of date, especially in the health field, within 3-4 years. Excellent information is available on the internet provided you follow the guidelines followed in this class. In fact, learning how to discern reliable sexual health information on the world wide web is a major focus of the class.

Students who order textbooks online later than three weeks prior to the first day of instruction are not given extensions for required course work. There is a text available at the library on reserve if you are without a textbook for any reason. you can copy the necessary pages for a fee.

Office Hours; I will be available by email at squatre@thegrid.net or squatre@gavilan.edu anytime. There is also the MESSAGE widget at the class site that emails me immediately of your need. If you need urgent help that you have not caused by procrastination, you may call me between 8 AM and 8 PM. My phone number is at the class site. I may be out but you can always leave a message with your name, phone number, and best time to reach you. Please do not hesitate to call if you do not understand something in an assignment. I am also available for video conferencing via SKYPE ® . My screen name is rn_prn. It would be wise to email me a time for the video conferencing so I can be available. You can download the free SKYPE® by clicking on the link.

Attendance: Students must have contact with the instructor or class site a minimum of once in 7 days or will be DROPPED FROM THE COURSE.

1. Apply critical thinking skills to information presented on human
sexuality, by identifying appropriate information sources and evaluating scientific literature
2. Critically evaluate information from the popular media for biological accuracy, biases, prejudices, assumptions and judgments
3. Assess how human sexuality is embedded in and shaped by multilayered social and cultural contexts
4. Compare psychological theories as they relate to human sexual behavior
5. Critique and apply theories of human sexuality to understand one's own experience and the experience of others
ILO: 7,2,3,6,1,4,5
Measure: exams, case studies forums

Participation Policy :Please be sure to have a minimum of at least one communication with your professor or required activity every 7 days. Failure to do so will result in immediate withdrawal from the course.

Students are expected to participate in the weekly online FORUMS and ASSIGNMENTS. As these account for 50% of the class grade, failure to participate fully in these have a tremendous impact on the grade. This online course puts much more weight on FORUMS, ASSIGNMENTS, and the INTERVIEW PROJECT, than on QUIZZES and TESTS that only account for a total of 30% of the class grade.


ADA Accommodation Statement:


Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center.

Occupational/Vocational Statement:

Occupational/Vocational students – Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in Vocational Educational Programs.

Student Honesty Policy Reference Statement: Click Here

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.

Scoring Please see the Important Details for HE 2 Online Students document for a more thorough explanation of specific grading measures, rubrics, etc.

I use a weighted scoring for the six components of your grade so all points are not equal as you will see below. I encourage students to keep a paper and pencil record of their grade by placing the grade received for an assignment next to the item in the printed class calendar.

Please note that all of the QUIZZES, the MIDTERM, and the FINAL scores total only 30% of your grade overall. This is often quite different from a face to face (f2f) class where the MIDTERM and FINAL tend to make up a much larger portion of your grade. It may be obvious to you the reason for this difference. All of the exams and quizzes are unmonitored, open-book learning tools rather than the usual assessment of your learning that occurs in a f2f class with proctored tests.

Also note that your ASSIGNMENTS, FORUMS and INTERVIEW PROJECT make up 70% of your total grade. I point this out so you can see where you need to focus your attention the most.

More specifically, all of your QUIZ scores are worth 10% of your grade. I total the quiz scores and multiply the total by 0.1. That will give me the points that represent the 10% QUIZ grade.

All of your ASSIGNMENT scores are totaled and multiplied by 0.3 to equal the 30% ASSIGNMENT grade.

All of your FORUM grades totaled are multiplied by 0.2 to equal 20% of the final grade.

Your INTERVIEW assignment is worth 20% of your grade. The multiplier is 0.2 for this segment of your grade.

MIDTERM is worth 10% of your final grade. (Midterm score times 0.1).

FINAL is worth 10% of your final grade also.

Quizzes = 10%

Midterm = 10%

Assignments = 30%

Forums = 20%

Interview = 20%

Final Exam = 10%

TOTAL = 100%


93-100% = A

90 - 92% = A-

87 - 89% = B+

83 - 86% = B

80 - 83% = B-

77 - 79% = C+

70 - 76% = C

60 - 69% = D

< 60% = F

Student Performance Objectives: At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

WEEK 1 3 hours content * 6 hours outside work **


1. Discuss the dissemination of sexual images through the mass media, including men’s and women’s magazines, the

Internet, and advertising.

2. List the different television genres and analyze how each genre portrays sexuality.

3. Evaluate the depictions of sexuality in Hollywood films, including gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered relationships.

4. Examine the nature of anonymous sexual interaction facilitated by the Internet and phone pornography.

5. Describe and compare the sexual impulse as seen among the Mangaia, Dani, and Victorian Americans.

6. Investigate same-sex relationships in ancient Greece and among contemporary Sambians as examples of cultural variation.

7. Assess cultural variability of gender concepts, especially in terms of transsexuality and two-spirits.

8. Compare and contrast the concepts of natural and normal sexual behavior in relationship to societal norms and personal beliefs.

9. Describe the emergence of the concept of normal sexual behavior, including the five criteria used to define it.

10. Explain the concepts of sexual behavior and variation in terms of continuum and nonconformity.

WEEK 2 3 hours content 6 hours outside work


1. Analyze the sex information/advice genre, its function as entertainment, and how to evaluate it in conjunction with statistical data.

2. List and describe critical thinking skills, including examples of value judgments and objectivity; opinions, biases, and stereotypes.

3. Define and distinguish between confusing attitudes and behaviors and egocentric and ethnocentric fallacies.

4. Discuss ethical and sampling issues in sex research.

5. Describe and give the advantages and disadvantages of clinical, survey, observational, and experimental methods of sex research.

6. Discuss and critique the contributions of the early sex researchers, including Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, and Havelock Ellis.

7. Discuss and critique the contributions of Alfred Kinsey in advancing sex research.

8. Discuss and critique the contributions of William Masters and Virginia Johnson to the field of sex research.

9. Analyze the findings and the target populations of six recent studies of sexuality.

10. Assess and critique the contributions of feminist and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender scholars, including directions for future research.

11. Describe emerging research on African Americans, including socioeconomic status, stereotyping, subculture, and increasing numbers of unmarried adults.

12. Describe emerging research on Latinos, including diversity of subgroups, stereotyping, and assimilation.

13. Discuss emerging research on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, with an emphasis on changing cultural traditions.

WEEK 3 3 hours content 6 hours outside work


1. List and describe the functions of the external female sexual structures.

2. List and describe the functions of the internal female sexual structures.

3. Discuss the structures and processes involved in ovulation.

4. Describe the structure and function of the breasts.

5. List the principal female reproductive hormones.

6. Describe oogenesis and the phases of the ovarian cycle.

7. Examine the phases of the menstrual cycle and its interrelationship with the ovarian cycle.

8. Explain menstruation, including cultural aspects, physical effects, and possible problems

9. Compare and contrast Masters and Johnson’s, Kaplan’s, and Loulan’s models of the sexual response cycle.

10. Assess the psychological and physiological processes involved in the female sexual response, including vaginal secretions and lubrication and the role of orgasm.

11. Evaluate methods women can use to have their health-care needs met.

WEEK 4 3 hours content 6 hours outside work


1. Name and describe the parts of the male reproductive system to include the external and internal genitalia and the pathway of the sperm.

2. Discuss the role of hormones in males.

3. Cite various diseases that can affect the male reproductive system and the self-care procedures, as well as medical treatments associated with these diseases.

4. Explain the process of spermatogenesis and sex determination.

5. Describe semen production.

6. Compare and contrast male and female sexual response.

7. Assess the psychological and physiological processes involved in the male sexual response, including erection, ejaculation, and orgasm.

8. Evaluate methods men can use to have their health-care needs met.

WEEK 5 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Define and differentiate sex, gender, assigned gender, gender identity, gender roles, and sexual orientation.

2. Analyze and evaluate the evidence and implications for describing males and females as opposite or similar to each other.

3. Appraise the real and perceived relation of gender identity to sexual orientation.

4. Describe gender theory and discuss the role of gender schema in creating or exaggerating female/male differences.

5. Explain and differentiate cognitive social learning theory and cognitive developmental theory.

6. Describe gender-role learning from childhood through adolescence, including the major socialization influences.

7. Analyze traditional male and female gender roles and sexual scripts, including the significance of ethnicity.

8. Assess changes in contemporary gender roles and sexual scripts.

9. Define androgyny and discuss how it can benefit and detract from one’s emotional health.

10. Discuss intersex and list the major atypical chromosomal and hormonal conditions and their relationship to gender identity.

11. Discuss gender identity disorder and transsexuality and the comment treatment modalities for each.

WEEK 6 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Discuss psychosexual development in infancy and childhood, including sexual curiosity, sex play, and masturbation, and the role of the family in teaching children about sexuality.

2. Evaluate current research on the “origins” of homosexuality.

3. List and discuss physical changes during puberty for both girls and boys.

4. Appraise influences on adolescent psychosexual development, including parents, peers, and the media.

5. Discuss adolescent sexual learning, including masturbation, normative behavior sequence, virginity, and first intercourse.

6. List and analyze the four types of sexuality education programs that are currently offered in schools and communities.

7. Analyze nonmarital sexuality, including its increasing acceptance and the factors leading to nonmarital sexual involvement.

8. Describe the process of establishing a gay, lesbian, and bisexual identity.


WEEK 7 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Evaluate current research on the “origins” of homosexuality.

2. Describe special problems confronted by gay and lesbian adolescents.

3. Analyze nonmarital sexuality, including its increasing acceptance and the factors leading to nonmarital sexual involvement.

4. Describe the process of establishing a gay, lesbian, and bisexual identity.

5. Discuss the modern experience of being single, including perspectives from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.

6. Describe and analyze cohabitation among heterosexuals, gay men, and lesbians, including advantages and disadvantages and diferences between heterosexual and gay/lesbian cohabitation.

7. Investigate marital sexuality, including frequency of sexual interactions, the significance of sexual exclusivity, and reproductive legitimacy.

8. Explain the effects of divorce on postdivorce individuals, single parents, and children.

9. Discuss issues of sexuality and aging, especailly those factors that affect sexual satisfaction in the later years.


WEEK 8 3 hours content 6 hours outside work MIDTERM

  1. Appraise the relationship between friendship and love.
  2. Evaluate similarities and differences in attitudes toward love by heterosexual men and women and by gay men and lesbians.
  3. Analyze the differences and similarities in relationship quality of gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples.
  4. Discuss sex without emotional attachment and celibacy as choices.
  5. Identify the attitudes and behaviors associated with love.
  6. List, describe, and give examples of the different styles of love.
  7. List the components of the triangular theory of love and apply theory to practice about how they combine to create different forms of love.
  8. Discuss love as a form of attachment, including the different styles of attachment.
  9. Examine the different types of unrequited love and how they relate to attachment theory.
  10. Discuss jealousy, including psychological dimensions, types of
    jealousy, and how jealousy can impact a relationship.
  11. Assess the roles of commitment, caring, and self-disclosure in
    intimate love.
  12. Describe extrarelational involvements, including extrarelational sex
    in marital, dating, and cohabitating relationships.
  13. Assess the cultural, social, and psychological contexts of communication, with examples of each.
  14. Identify the role of proximity, eye contact, and touching in nonverbal communication.
  15. Appraise communication in beginning and established relationships, including the halo effect, interest and opening lines, the first move, initiating and directing sexual activity, and gay and lesbian relationships.
  16. List and give examples of communication patterns in satisfied relationships and discuss gender differences in partner communication.
  17. Describe and give examples of the keys to good sexual communication, including self-disclosure, trust, and feedback.
  18. Discuss types of conflicts and the nature and sources of power in intimate relationships, including the power of love.
  19. Describe sexual conflicts, including sex and power issues, the characteristics of conflict resolution in happy and unhappy couples, and strategies for resolving conflicts.


WEEK 9 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

  1. Examine the elements of sexual attractiveness along gender and orientation lines and discuss the impact of the halo effect.
  2. Explain how ratings of attractiveness differ in casual and long-term relationships.
  3. Analyze sexual attraction, including differences in sexual desire.
  4. Explain sexual scripts, including cultural, interpersonal, and intrapersonal scripts with examples of each.
  5. Appraise the role and function of autoeroticism, including sexual fantasies, dreams, and masturbation through the life cycle.
  6. Identify various types of sensuous touching and their role in sexuality.
  7. Describe the various meanings associated with kissing and its role as a form of sexual behavior.
  8. Discuss oral-genital sex, including cunnilingus and fellatio, changing attitudes toward it, and varying incidence by ethnicity.
  9. Assess the incidence and types of sexual intercourse.
  10. Discuss anal eroticism, varying incidence by orientation and ethnicity, and health concerns.

11. Compare and contrast the meanings of the terms sexual variation, atypical, and paraphilic sexual behavior.

12. Discuss domination and submission as a sexual variation, including bondage and the domination and submission subculture.

13. Describe and characterize the noncoercive sexual variations, including fetishism and transvestism.

14. Examine cross-dressing in popular and gay culture and as a form of “gender relaxation.”

15. Describe and characterize the coercive paraphilias, including zoophilia, voyeurism, exhibitionism, telephone scatologia, frotteurism, and necrophilia.

16. Explain pedophilia, including types of pedophiles, cross-sex and same-sex pedophilia, and female pedophilia.

17. Discuss sexual sadism and sexual masochism, including autoerotic asphyxia.

18. Evaluate researchers’ speculations about the origins of paraphilic behaviors and their treatments.

19. Evaluate the different views on sexual addiction.

WEEK 10 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

  1. Analyze the psychology of contraceptive risk taking.
  2. Discuss the issues involved in choosing a reliable method.
  3. Describe and discuss abstinence as a viable and legitimate personal choice.
  4. Evaluate hormonal methods of contraception (including oral contraceptives, injectable contraceptives, vaginal ring, and the patch) and assess their effectiveness, advantages, and possible problems.
  5. List and describe barrier methods of contraception (including the condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, female condom, and sponge) and their effectiveness, advantages, and possible problems.
  6. Describe spermicides (including, contraceptive foam, film, creams, jellies, and vaginal suppositories) and their effectiveness, advantages, and possible problems.
  7. Describe the IUD (intrauterine device) and its effectiveness, advantages, and possible problems.
  8. List and describe fertility awareness methods (including calendar, BBT, cervical mucus, and sympto-thermal) and their effectiveness, advantages, and possible problems.

  9. List and describe sterilization methods for men and women and their effectiveness, advantages, and possible problems.
  10. Discuss emergency contraception methods and their effectiveness, advantages, and possible problems.

  11. Discuss abortion, including methods, prevalence, characteristics of women having abortions and their reasons, and men and abortion; and delineate the arguments in the abortion debate.

  12. List the contraceptive options that are being tested and analyze why research into new contraceptive methods has been limited.

WEEK 11 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Describe the fertilization process and development of the conceptus.

2. Describe the physical and emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy, including their effect on sexuality during pregnancy.

3. Analyze the consequences of the various complications of pregnancy, including the use of drugs, teratogens, STIs, premature births, and fetal abnormalities.

4. Identify and discuss the various ways of diagnosing abnormalities of the fetus.

5. Discuss pregnancy loss, including spontaneous abortion, infant mortality rates, and coping with loss.

6. List the principal causes and treatments for male and female infertility.

7. Describe the stages of labor and delivery.

8. Investigate the question of circumcision, including religious, cultural, and health considerations.

9. Evaluate childbirth choices, including hospital births, C-sections, prepared childbirth, birthing rooms and centers, home births, and midwifery.

10. Discuss breast-feeding, including the physiology, benefits, and issues involved in choosing to breast-feed.

11. Discuss becoming a parent, including the postpartum period, parental roles, gay/lesbian parenting, and coping with stress.


WEEK 12 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Define and describe the principal eating disorders, their origins, and their relationship to sexuality, prevention, and treatment.

2. Evaluate the effects of alcohol and drugs on sexuality, including their use as disinhibitors and aphrodisiacs and their relationship to sexual risk taking.

3. Discuss the effects and dangers of anabolic steroids.

4. Discuss issues of sexuality and aging, especially menopause and male climacteric.

5. Analyze the debate over postmenopause hormone therapy, making reference to relevant research.

6. Discuss issues of sexuality and disability with reference to the special needs of those with physical limitations, chronic illness, and developmental disabilities.

7. Appraise issues of sexuality and cancer for women, including its detection, treatment, and psychological impact.

8. Appraise issues of sexuality and cancer for men, including its detection, treatment, and psychological impact.

9. Discuss women’s sexual health issues, including toxic shock syndrome, endometriosis, and lesbian health issues.

10. Investigate the practice of female genital mutilation, including the process, prevalence, effects, and cultural issues.

11. Discuss prostatitis and its detection, treatment, and psychological impact.


WEEK 13 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Describe what is meant by sexual disorder, dissatisfaction, or dysfunction, including the reasons for having different terms.

2. Appraise the factors that affect the prevalence of sexual disorders for males and females, and the four subtypes used to classify these disorders.

3. Describe disorders of sexual desire, including hypoactive sexual desire, sexual aversion, female sexual arousal disorder, male erectile disorder, and persistent sexual arousal syndrome.

4. Describe orgasmic disorders, including female orgasmic disorder and the male orgasmic disorders of inhibited ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, and premature ejaculation.

5. Describe the sexual pain disorders of dyspareunia, anodyspareunia, and vaginismus.

6. Discuss the physical causes of sexual difficulties for men and women.

7. Discuss with examples the psychological causes of sexual disorders, including immediate causes, conflicts within the self, and relationship causes.

8. Discuss and evaluate sexual enhancement programs and the role of self awareness, including conditions for “good” sex and “homework” exercises.

9. Describe ways of intensifying erotic pleasure, including the role of arousal and replacing coitus with erotic activities.

10. Evaluate the different psychologically based treatments for sexual disorders, including the cognitive-behavioral, psychosexual, PLISSIT, self-help, and group therapy approaches.

11. Discuss medical approaches to sexual disorders, including the use of lubricants, hormones, surgery, drugs, and devices.

12. Evaluate the concerns over the medicalization of female sexual difficulties.

13. Apply theory to practice in choosing a sex therapist, including unique issues for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

WEEK 14 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Discuss why STIs are known as “the hidden epidemic.”

2. Evaluate the disparities in the incidence of STIs among males and females, different age groups, and racial and ethnic differences.

3. Evaluate the disparities in the incidence of STIs among males and females, different age groups, and racial and ethnic differences.

4. Cite specific examples and explain what is meant by the “biological sexism” of STIs.

5. Assess the behavioral, social, and biological factors that contribute to the high incidence of STIs.

6. List and describe the major STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts, genital herpes, hepatitis, and urinary tract and vaginal infections), including incidence, symptoms, and treatment.

7. Analyze factors involved in STI prevention, including risk taking, abstinence, and safer sex.

8. Discuss the Tuskegee syphilis study and its impact on contemporary attitudes of African Americans toward public health agencies.

9. Describe the mistakes that are sometimes made when using condoms.

10. List and describe the conditions and symptoms associated with HIV or AIDS.

11. Describe the principal components and functions of the immune system, the characteristics of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, and the process and progress of HIV infection.

12. Explain how HIV can and cannot be transmitted and discuss behaviors that put one at risk.

13. Discuss the effects of the AIDS epidemic on the gay community, including social, political, and psychological effects.

14. Discuss HIV/AIDS issues as they relate to women, children, adolescents, and older adults.

15. Discuss the AIDS epidemic in relationship to socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and region in the United States.

16. Explain how to protect oneself against HIV infection.

17. Summarize the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs.

18. Describe the principal types of HIV tests and the basic medical treatments for HIV and AIDS.

19. Assess issues surrounding living with AIDS and caring for someone with AIDS.


WEEK 15 3 hours content 6 hours outside work

1. Discuss the issues surrounding the definition of sexual harassment, including the difference between flirtation and harassment.

2. Investigate the different ways sexual harassment takes place in schools, colleges, and the workplace.

3. Discuss heterosexual bias, and identify the sources of anti-gay prejudice and how to decrease it.

4. Describe the means of preventing sexual assault.

5. Discuss myths about rape, the reality behind those myths, and the effect such beliefs have on our society.

6. Compare and contrast the different forms of sexual aggression, including acquaintance, stranger, marital, statutory, male, and gang rape.

7. Explain the impact of rape on its survivors, including suggestions on supporting survivors.

8. Identify the preconditions and forms of child sexual abuse, including characteristics of children at risk.

9. Examine the initial and long-term consequences of sexual abuse and sexual abuse trauma.

10. Discuss the principles involved in child abuse prevention programs and obstacles to implementation.

11. Analyze the debate over recovered (repressed) memories versus false memories as it applies to sexual abuse.

12. Distinguish the differences in meanings among sexually explicit material, pornography, and erotica.

13. Discuss changing perspectives about what constitutes pornography, including the development of new styles due to video and the Internet.

14. Analyze the reasons people use sexually explicit material.

15. Evaluate arguments concerning the impact of sexually explicit material on behavior, especially aggression against women and sex discrimination.

16. Assess child pornography from a regional and worldwide perspective, including its impact on children, laws against it, and the Internet’s effect on its accessibility.

17. Evaluate the arguments concerning the censorship of sexually explicit material, including legal issues revolving around child pornography, obscenity, children who use the Internet, and popular music.

18. Discuss female prostitution, including motivation and types of prostitution.

19. Discuss male prostitution, including differences between delinquent and gay male prostitutes.

20. Evaluate prostitution and the law, including decriminalization, regulation, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

21. Discuss the Supreme Court decision of 2003 regarding sodomy, including the views of those that criticize the decision.


WEEK 16 Final Exam


* content --- reading assigned pages/ viewing Power Point presentations

** outside work --- completing web assignments, researching topics. All college work is calculated according to the formula of 1 hour content = 2 hours homework.