Overview of Course
Human sexuality is the study of the biological, evolutionary, social, cultural, and political perspectives relating to sex and the meaning behind “masculinity,” “femininity,” and “asexual,” or “genderqueer.” The goal of this course is for students to gain knowledge about human sexuality including physiological, psychological and cultural perspectives. We will learn about major sexuality topics including sexual hormones and anatomy, sexuality research, culture and sexuality, conception, childbirth, contraception, abortion, sexual response, love and divorce, sexual assault, sexual variation in behavior, the life cycle and sexuality, sexual orientation, commercial sex, sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual health. This course is designed to increase awareness of sexuality and issues relating to it. Discussions in class will include controversial topics. Port-of-call visits will be used to further examine the concepts we discuss and will allow for observations of cultural and political differences and similarities. Classes will be engaging and active participation from students is expected.