Human Sexuality II

Course Number: PSY 232
Transcript Title: Human Sexuality II
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.


Course Description

Explores sexual issues from scientific and humanistic perspectives. Surveys sexuality through the life cycle, sexual problems, sexual satisfaction, contraception, conception, sexuality and disability, sex and chronic illness, sexually transmitted infections, sexual victimization, atypical sexual behavior, and the commercialization of sex. Recommended: PSY 231 taken before PSY 232. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Enhance relationships with sexual partners and the community through knowledge of biological, psychological and cultural milestones in human sexual development.
  2. Effectively manage sexual problems and develop broader understanding of those with chronic illnesses and disabilities that impact sexual functioning.
  3. Make informed decisions about contraception, abortion, pregnancy and the birthing process through knowledge of human reproduction, psychosocial and cultural factors.
  4. Implement safer sex practices through awareness, treatment and effective communication with partners and diverse community members regarding sexually transmitted infections.
  5. Enhance satisfaction with sexual relationships through informed decisions utilizing knowledge of problematic (coercive, paraphilic) and functional (consensual, atypical) sexual behaviors.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written and/or verbal assignments designed to promote integration of class material with personal reflection and experience such as journals, research essays, reflection papers.
  • Multiple choice, short answer and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in the class.
  • Participation in individual, dyad and group exercises, activities, case studies and/or role-plays in or outside of the classroom.
  • Individual or group presentations.
  • Attendance at, or participation in, lectures, workshops and/or community events related to the field of sexology.
  • Design and completion of a research project.
  • Community service learning projects.

Course Activities and Design

Course activities are the same as the above assessments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Childhood and adolescent sexuality
  2. Adult sexuality and aging
  3. Sexual problems: their description, etiology and treatment
  4. Sexual enhancement strategies
  5. Chronic illness and disability and how it affects sexual desire and expression
  6. Contraception
  7. Conception
  8. Sexual victimization: rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment
  9. Paraphilias
  10. Sexually transmitted infections
  11. Prostitution
  12. Pornography
  13. Adult entertainment