Psychology of Human Sexuality [CRN 81211]

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Fraser
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1530
End: 1650
Field Work: Day 6 | October 12, 2018 | South Africa
Prerequisites: One (1) lower division human development course OR one (1) lower division general psychology course OR one (1) introductory Social Work course; Student must be of junior or senior academic standing Download Syllabus

The goal of this course is for students to gain knowledge about human sexuality including physiological, psychological, and cultural perspectives. Students 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. Additionally, this course will explore many of these topics specific to the voyage itinerary. For instance, students will compare and contrast issues such as contraceptive use, abortion, sexual orientation, sexual assault and trafficking across the various places the students will travel.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 6
Date: October 12, 2018

South Africa is a country rich in culture but also with significant social issues, including issues related to sexuality. South Africa suffers from high rates of HIV/AIDs, and domestic and sexual violence. In addition, there are over 400,000 sex workers in South Africa (even though it is illegal). Yet, South Africa is the first African country to legalize same-sex marriage. This field lab will involve a daylong visit that contains several components. We will visit several NGOs and other organizations that deal with the protection of human rights in South Africa, especially the rights of women, children, sexual minorities, and HIV/AIDS patients. If time permits, we may also visit a township to gain a better understanding of the more impoverished communities in South Africa that play an underlying contributing role to some of the larger socio-sexual issues that exist in the country. Throughout the day, you will be asked to keep a journal about your experience. You will then create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to help raise awareness to the issues we saw in South Africa and throughout the world. You will need to use both the field lab experience and the information we learn in class to create this PSA. The PSA can be in the form of a pamphlet, advertisement, song, video, etc. Be creative and more importantly effective!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Connect theories of Human Sexuality to the real world.
  2. Understand the prevalence of human rights issues around the world, but especially in South Africa.
  3. Develop a thoughtful understanding of human rights issues and how we may begin to address them.