Sexuality is defined as the ways in which we experience and express ourselves as sexual beings (Rathus, Nevid, and Fichner-Rathus, 2008). Sexuality is one of the most basic of human drives, analogous to eating and sleeping. It affects everyone, regardless of gender, age, or nationality. This course focuses on a scientific understanding of human sexuality from historical, biological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives. It will examine how sexual behaviors and attitudes vary across the lifespan, across time, and across cultures. Topics will include but are not limited to: sexual anatomy, the sexual response cycle, gender identity and gender roles, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases and treatment, sexual dysfunctions, sexual attraction, love, relationships and communication, sexual values and decision making, and sex and the media. Special attention will be given to how sociocultural factors and human diversity influence sexuality as its observed in life on the ship and in the countries on the itinerary.
Field WorkCountry: India
Date: March 1, 2017
In this field class, students will attend a Bollywood movie, as well as meet, interact with, and interview students and professors from a local university. First, SAS and local students will meet and get acquainted. In the afternoon, the two groups will attend a Bollywood movie together. During the film, class members should look for examples of course concepts. Following the movie, class members and local university students will meet with local university professors to debrief the movie and to learn about local customs related to standards of beauty, attraction, friendship, gender roles, dating, courtship, and marriage. Finally, SAS students will go to dinner with local students. At dinner, you are to meet with local students one-on-one and in small groups in order to conduct interviews. You are to ask questions on topics related to standards of beauty, attraction, friendship, gender roles, dating, courtship, and marriage. Interview questions will be prepared in advance. You should draw comparisons and contrasts between practices in India, the United States, and other countries on the itinerary.
1, Observe examples of standards of beauty, sexuality, gender roles, dating, courtship, and marriage practices in India portrayed in a Bollywood film.
2. Learn about standards of beauty, sexuality, gender roles, dating, courtship, and marriage practices in India through interviews and interactions with local university students and professors.
3. Compare and contrast standards of beauty, sexuality, gender roles, dating, courtship, and marriage practices between India, the United States, and other countries on the itinerary.
4. Apply course concepts to what was observed in the film.
5. Apply course concepts to what was learned from the student interviews and professor presentations.