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Human Development & Fam Stdies: Human Relationships&Sexuality

HDFS 065 OL1 (CRN: 61752)

3 Credit Hours

About HDFS 065 OL1

Sexual responsibility and the biological, social, psychological growth, and development of human beings in terms of sex role identity.


Dates: May 20 - June 28, 2019

Section Description

This introductory survey course explores the diversity of sexuality and intimate relationships through cross-cultural, historical, and systemic frameworks. Course objectives include: 1) Understanding how sexuality and intimacy develop, are experienced, and expressed across the lifespan; 2) Understanding how biological, psychological, and sociological domains intersect to influence human sexuality; 3) Critically reflecting on how biases and attitudes influenced the development of students’ own sexuality; and 4) Interacting with peers and instructor to develop a comfort level in discussing sexuality in an open and honest way. Overarching topics examined in this course include: classical and contemporary theories and research, sexual anatomy and physiology, love and communication, gender and sexual identity, contraception and abortion, sexual health and sexual dysfunction, fetishism and paraphilia, sexual coercion and violence, and the commodification of sex.

Section Expectation

This online course is a relatively small class size (20 students) and utilizes Blackboard for course management. Over this accelerated 6-week summer section, students should expect to spend 8-10 hours weekly completing readings and assignments, watching online resources, and participating in online forum discussions. This course has one required text: Carroll, J. L. (2019). Sexuality now: Embracing diversity (6th Ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning (ISBN-10: 1-337-40499-3 or ISBN-13: 978-1-337-40499-0). Students are expected to read and understand material in the text and read and engage with all of the content provided in the course modules. Regular office hours with the instructor (both online and in-person) are made available.


Grades are based on participation in online forums, completion of assignments, and three exams.




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