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Human Sexuality
Course: SOC130

First Term: 2018 Summer
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Examination of the physical, social, cultural, and institutional contributions to human sexuality. Examination of facts and myths, literature, and changing mores regarding human sexuality to acquire knowledge about cultural and social events and processes. Explores sexuality in contemporary society. This course contains mature adult content.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain how the cultural legacy resulting from sex for reproduction, and from gender-roles impacts contemporary society. (I)
2. Describe and explain research methods, quantitative and qualitative, that can be used to study human sexuality. (I)
3. Describe anatomy and physiology and the connection to social constructions. (II)
4. Describe sexuality from birth through adulthood (life course, including aging) with reference to such theories and principles as feminism, conflict, and symbolic interaction. (II)
5. Within a cultural perspective, explain and differentiate between love, intimacy, sexual pleasure, and sexuality using historical and current theories. (III)
6. Compare and contrast, through civic dialogue, techniques that can be used to communicate positively with a sexual partner. (III)
7. Differentiate between atypical and paraphilic sexual behaviors using legal and sociological norms. (IV)
8. Examine the social issues related to sexuality including the perceptions in popular culture. (IV)
9. List and describe the stages from conception to birth and the social construction for each state. (V)
10. List and explain several types of contraceptives that can be utilized and describe their relative efficacy and acceptance depending on social mores. (V)
11. Explain how chronic illnesses, disabilities, and sexually transmitted diseases and infections can impact sexual behaviors and what sexual enhancements are available. (V)
12. Identify the major sexually transmitted diseases that are common in today`s society. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction
   A. Theories and principles of human sexuality
   B. Qualitative and quantitative research methodology
   C. Gender roles/issues/identity
II. Anatomy/physiology/life course
   A. Male sexual anatomy/physiology/response
   B. Female sexual anatomy/physiology/response
   C. Sexuality from birth through adulthood (life course)
III. Relationship issues
   A. Differences between love, intimacy, and sex
   B. Civic dialogue about sexual expression with a partner
   C. Cultural perspectives on sexual expression
IV. Social issues
   A. Atypical and paraphilic sexual behaviors
   B. Commercial sex
   C. Sexual coercion
   D. Social issues on sexuality including perceptions of sexuality in popular culture
V. Reproduction / health issues / impact on sexual behaviors within a social mores dialogue
   A. Contraception and birth control
   B. Conception, pregnancy, and birth
   C. Sexually transmitted diseases
   D. The sexual body in health and illness
   E. Sexual enhancement/therapy

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 27, 2018

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.