What is the primary sexual organ in humans? It might not be what first comes to mind…it’s actually the brain!
The psychology of human sexuality is the scientific examination of our thoughts, emotions and behavior, both individually and culturally. This class is a cross-cultural review of human sexuality, including sexual development, social perspectives and values, sexual dysfunction, sexual orientation and diversity, and social justice issues.
Sexuality lies at the core of our identities as human beings. As a result of the sexual revolution, feminism, gay rights, and advances in the mass media, sex has become a leading topic of contemporary discourse. The typical American teenager, for example, is exposed to 14,000 references to sex per year—and that’s just on television. This class will discuss the impact of social media, pornography, and international issues on the current understanding of sexuality, and will emphasize diversity in sexual feelings, sexual behavior, cultural traditions, and moral beliefs related to sexuality. We will also discuss the more intimate aspects of sexuality: personal decision making, sexual arousal, sexual attraction and intimate relationships, contraception, STIs, pregnancy, sexual dysfunction and treatment, atypical sexual behaviors, sexual violence, and sex for sale.
*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.
Field WorkCountry: India
Date: March 5, 2020
Cultural standards of Love, Courtship, Gender and Sexuality are often diverse, and expressed through media and entertainment. In this field class, students will attend a Bollywood movie and interact with students and professors from a local university. During the film, class members should look for examples of cultural standards of love and relationships. 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. After the movie, students will go to dinner with local university students, where they will meet 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 should be prepared in advance. You should draw comparisons and contrasts between love and relationship 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