Human Development 301

HUMD 301. Human Sexual Development

Credit Hours: (3)

Studies various aspects of human sexuality from a development perspective.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course explores human sexuality from a variety of perspectives including historical, social, biological psychological, and developmental. The course focuses on the changing dynamics of sexuality across the lifespan and the variations that coexist within a societal context.

These topics will be discussed:

I. Historical Perspectives on Sexuality
II. Human Reproductive Systems
III. Human Sexual Response
IV. Reproduction and Birth
V. Birth Control
VI. Unintended Pregnancy
VII. Gender Identity
VIII. Gender Role
IX. Sexuality Across the Lifespan
X. Autoeroticism
XI. Homosexuality and Bisexuality
XII. Variations in Sexual Behavior
XIII. Sexual Dysfunction
XIV. Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course includes the following activities: lectures, class discussions, video presentation, guest speakers, overhead projection presentations, student presentations and short writing assignments.


Goals of the Course

I. To understand the complexity of human sexuality;
II. To comprehend variables that influence the dynamics of sexuality across the lifespan;
III. To synthesize, internalize, and apply information about human sexual biology, psychology, and sociology to human sexual behavior and relationship;
IV. To study an aspect of human sexuality in depth.


Assessment Measures

  • Students are required to attend class regularly.
  • Students are to read all assigned chapters and articles prior to class in preparation for class discussion.
  • There will be two tests and a final exam that is comprehensive.
  • Students are required to select a phenomenon of interest and write a paper that includes annotated bibliography, responses to a series of questions to help determine the student's understanding of the literature, and a trend analysis of the topic.


Other Course Information

  • Students are to give a 15-20 minute oral presentation based on the written term project.
  • Students are to serve as peer evaluators for oral presentations of designated classmates.


Review and Approval
April 1998 Updated Dr. Janette Newhouse/Dr. Sheila Reyna