Psychology of Human Sexuality [CRN 31347]

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Scott
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0930
End: 1050
Field Work: Day 5 | April 3, 2019 | Ghana
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 or receive permission of instructor. Download Syllabus

Biopsychosocial review of human sexuality including cross-cultural analysis, sexual development, social perspectives and values, sexual dysfunction, sexual healing interventions, and intersectional-sexological analysis of the human sexual experience.

Let’s talk about sex! From gender reveal parties to Fifty Shades of Grey, sex continues to be a central topic of discussion across cultures, yet open and honest conversations about personal comfort and sexual needs are difficult and rare. In a course designed expressly for Semester at Sea, we will start by defining and understanding cross-cultural differences in perceptions of gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation. Emphasizing the importance of personal decision making and communication, additional topics will include anatomy, sexual arousal, sexual attraction and intimate relationships, sexual behaviors, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, conception/contraception, sexual difficulties and interventions, atypical sexual behaviors, sexual coercion and harassment, and sex for sale. In recognition of the critical role of non-verbal communication, we will engage in a semester-long exploration of body language and how these signals are interpreted across cultures. This course will carefully evaluate the dynamics of society and genetics in shaping sexual attitudes and behaviors and will include opportunities to integrate course material with social observations and learning experiences off the ship.

Field Work

Country: Ghana
Day: 5
Date: April 3, 2019

In this field class we will travel to the remote village of Senya Breku for hands-on learning and exchange with the Days for Girls non-profit organization. Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. We will meet with local activists and the students served by them.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the complexity of promoting women’s welfare in Ghana.
2. Compare and contrast the challenges faced by women in Ghana and the United States when striving for respect and equality in both countries.
3. Understand the challenges and opportunities for female youth in Ghana in terms of access to education.