HHP 231 : Human Sexuality
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Explores the biological, psychological, and social aspects of human sexuality. Specific topics include historical and cultural perspectives of human sexuality, sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual and reproductive health factors, gender identity, sexual orientations, and lifespan sexual development.
1. Describe human sexual anatomy and physiology.
2. Evaluate sexual values and ethics of self and others.
3. Describe the scope of diversity of human sexuality.
4. Describe the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to sexual and reproductive health and disease.
5. Analyze topics related to human sexuality using scientific, psychological, and sociological literature.
6. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health (Department of Health and Human Performance outcome).
I. Historical and cultural perspectives of sex and sexuality; what is sex?
II. Female and male sexual anatomy and physiology; female genital mutilation and male circumcision; conception; contraception
III. Gender identity development; biopsychosocial influences; cisgenderism and transgenderism
IV. Sexual orientations; biological evidence; societal perceptions
V. Sexual health education; abstinence-based vs comprehensive-based; public health outcomes
VI. Lifespan sexual development: infancy, childhood, adolesence, and adulthood
VII. Sex and the law; sexual coercion and domestic violence; power and control dynamics
There are no required materials for this course. Textbook is optional. Access to the internet is necessary to complete homework assignments.
Grades will be determined by weekly homework assignments, quizzes, a midterm exam, a final exam, and participation in class discussions.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Foundational Skills/Health