Human Sexuality

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Parrot
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0925
End: 1040
Field Work: Day 6 - Cochin - 14 March | India
Prerequisites: A sociology course Download Syllabus

Students will explore human sexuality from a cross-cultural perspective. Particular emphasis will be placed on the United States, as well as the countries we will be visiting, although discussion of sexual approaches in other parts of the world will also be discussed. Topics to be covered include: policies, laws, religion & sexuality, rites of passage, marriage practices, violence against women, family structure, anatomy, physiology, sexual health care, sexual orientation, sexual response, intimate relationships, abortion & contraceptive availability, and sexual practices of specific sub-populations. Students will explore various aspects  of human sexuality in the field lab to learn about the ways in which different societies approach these aspects.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 6 - Cochin - 14 March

Students will visit a Hospital specializing in medical tourism, in particular In-virto fertilization and surrogacy. This facility provides services for couples from other countries travel to India to have their embryos created and implanted into India women who will serve as gestational carriers for these couples at a cost significantly less than they would have paid in their countries of origin. We will also explore contraceptive and abortion services in India with practitioners, as a means of managing Indian population growth and reducing infant and maternal mortality in India. Academic Objectives:

  1. Understand medical tourism  and international surrogacy in India
  2. Identify the issues related to family planning issues in India
  3. Explore the facilities and services involved