UC 151 - First-Year Social Science Seminar
Section: 002 Human Sexuality, Gender Issues
Term: FA 2013
Subject: University Courses (UC)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
Course Note:
Designed to introduce entering students to the intellectual life of the university in a small course taught by an experienced member of the faculty. Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussion and regular practice in writing.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Issues of human sexuality and gender are explored from many perspectives including historical, cross-cultural, religious, and physiological. All people are sexual throughout their lives, although the expression of our sex and gender is one of the most diverse and controversial areas in personal and public arenas. The diversities of biological sex, gender identity, gender roles, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and sexual behavior and the interplay among them are presented and reinforced through readings, exercises, videos, guest speakers, and weekly written assignments. We will discuss sexual difficulties such as infertility, STDs, sexual dysfunction, and sexual victimization along with prevention and treatment strategies. We will examine social and political issues such as civil rights for sexual minorities, sex and the law, date rape, pornography, the impact of AIDS, public and private morality.

Issues especially relevant for students are explored, including:

  • choice of sexual partners and behaviors
  • the influence of drugs, alcohol, and smoking on sexual function and sexual decision-making
  • sexual values and religious attitudes toward sex, and
  • the wide range of possible lifestyles from celibacy to polyamory to paraphilias.

Course Requirements:

The course requires access to the Internet and uses a variety of Web-based resources and communication modes, as well as a textbook and readings from various journals. Weekly short papers and a semester project are required. Opportunities for help with developing presentation skills are available.

Intended Audience:

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UC 151 - First-Year Social Science Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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REQUIRED TEXT: Crooks, R., & Baur, K. (2014) (12th edition) Our Sexuality, Brooks/Cole: Pacific Grove, CA. Be sure to get the 12th edition, any format (hardback, looseleaf, digital) TEXTBOOKS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/en/US/storefront/US?cmd=CLHeaderSearch&fieldValue=crooks ISBN 1-133-94336-5 You can order hardback (most expensive), paperback, looseleaf (lets you carry one chapter at a time) or download or rent a copy (least expensive). You can also buy one chapter at a time, but this will cost more in the long run than downloading the whole book. You may choose to order through Amazon.com or any bookstore if you prefer. OTHER REQUIRED READING will be assigned from internet sites, on CTools, or emailed.
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