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489 Special Topics in Psychology - Human Sexuality

Special Topics in Psychology - Human Sexuality (21:830:489:W5:01839)
Class Dates: 12/22/23 & 1/2/24 - 1/12/24
Class Times: Meeting Time By Arrangement
Instructor: Jacobson
Location: Canvas
Format: Online
Credits: 3

This course aims to examine the complex interplay of psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors in developing and expressing sexual attitudes and behaviors. This will be accomplished through lectures, readings, films, and a set of written discussion board assignments. We will cover a wide variety of topics, including the major psychological theories of sexuality, patterns of sexual arousal and response, the development of gender and gender identity, variations in sexual orientation, attraction processes, and romantic love, sexual dysfunctions and sex therapy, typical and atypical sexual behaviors, as well as the psychological effects of pornography. 

Every effort will be made to present the relevance and applicability of each course topic to your own life. 

By the end of the course, you should have a greater understanding of your own and others’ sexual functioning and practices. You should also appreciate different perspectives on sexuality and improve your ability to communicate on this topic. 

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