PSYC120: Human Sexuality
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSpring 2018 / (15 weeks): Jan 17, 2018 to May 11, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Cheryl Giacomelli   Email: giacomellic@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8270
Campus Location: Upper Bucks

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is REQUIRED.
Failure to participate in a REQUIRED orientation, as specified below, may jeopardize your grade.

Online

Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.


Other Orientation Information
Orientation will take place through the course space during the first week of class. All students will be required to complete the orientation through the course space on Canvas in order to start the first week's course work. The orientation is meant to familiarize the student with their peers, professor, and expectations for the course. It allows the student to gain knowledge and confidence before beginning the official course work.

Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

This course seeks to foster healthy attitudes toward sexuality by providing knowledge and having discussions about the formation of sexual attitudes and myths, the physiology of human sexuality systems, psychological aspects of sex roles, love and human sexuality, sexual minorities, and the legal aspects of sexuality. Throughout the semester we will cover various topics including but not limited to sexual anatomy, research methods, contraception, sexual behavior, the sexual marketplace, sexuality, and gender. You will be engaged through learning activities, class discussions, readings and a project. At the end of the course you will be able to describe the basic tenets of human sexuality, the scientific method as it is applied to research on human sexual behavior, identify the historical development of sexual practice, attitudes and laws in various cultures, describe the male and female sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual development across the lifespan, and sexual behavior pattern, explain human relationships including sex roles, stages of love, intimacy, effective sexual communication, and distinguish between healthy and unhealthy/abusive relationships, recognize personal and societal attitudes/prejudices about human sexuality and alternative lifestyles (homosexuality/bisexuality), and discuss ways of taking personal responsibility for their own sexual behavior and attitudes, examine psychological issues related to sexual behavior such as shared responsibility of contraception, pregnancy, infertility, sexually transmitted infections, sexual dysfunction, paraphilias, and the commercialization of sex.