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PSYC 223 - Psychology of Sex & Gender

3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [PSYC 120 ]

This course explores the dynamic interaction between gender, sex, sexuality, and society. Subjects covered include history of gender relationships, theories of gender, gender research, gender sterotypes, similarities and differences between males and females, relationships, social structures related to sex and gender, human sexual anatomy, sexual behaviors, and different social issues related to sexuality.
OFFERED: even-year spring semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  Demonstrate familiarity with historical views of gender roles and sexuality and the resulting gender stereotypes that we work within today.

  1. Summarize historical beliefs about appropriate gender roles.
  2. Explain the manner in which male and female sexual behaviors were historically expressed and controlled.
  3. Explain historical events that led to changes in perceptions of appropriate gender roles.
  4. Explain early psychological views of gender and sexuality.
  5. Compare past and current gender stereotypes and gender-based expectations.

Goal 2:  Demonstrate comprehension of modern theories and beliefs about gender roles, sexual development, and sexual behaviors.

  1. Explain the major modern theories of gender development.
  2. Explore the relationship between gender theory and societal expectations for gender.
  3. Identify factors involved in the development of gender.
  4. Articulate cognitive differences and similarities between males and females.

Goal 3:  Demonstrate knowledge regarding the manner in which gender interacts with and influences communication, relationships, power, and social structures.

  1. Summarize data related to the experience and expression of emotion for males and females.
  2. Explain the differences between male and female communication patterns.
  3. Articulate factors that contribute and hinder the quality of long term romantic relationships.
  4. Explore the interaction of gender, sexuality, and power within the context of relationships.
  5. Recognize hallmarks of abusive relationship patterns.

Goal 4:  Demonstrate knowledge regarding sexual anatomy, sexual responses, sexual behaviors, sexual orientation, and reproduction.  

  1. Identify basic male and female sexual anatomy and functions of anatomy.
  2. Articulate patterns of sexual response.
  3. Describe common sexual behaviors.
  4. Explain current understandings of the foundation of sexual orientation.
  5. Explain basic human reproductive processes and different contraceptive techniques.

Goal 5:  Demonstrate knowledge of sexual diseases, sexual variations, and the interaction between the law and sexual behaviors.

  1. Describe primary symptoms and treatments for the major sexually transmitted diseases.
  2. Articulate variations within humanity regarding sexual response.
  3. Recognize factors that contribute to sexual trafficking and victimization.
  4. Explain legal issues surrounding pornography and the social/psychological impact of viewing pornography.

Goal 6:  Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of human sexuality and gender in a real world context.

  1. Explain how specific aspects of gender or sexuality are being managed within current society.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to articulate multiple viewpoints on controversial issues related to sex and gender. 

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