Jan 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog
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PSY 231 - Human Sexual Behavior

4 Credit(s)

Explores the behavioral, psychological and biological components of human sexual behavior. Topics include cross-cultural comparisons, learned and developmental origins, biological systems, variations in sexual behavior, gender issues and sexual difficulties. Course emphasizes behavioral rather than health issues in human sexuality.

Prerequisite: PSY 201  or instructor consent.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Think critically and analytically regarding past and current research in the field of human sexual behavior and how current research has changes cultural norms and beliefs regarding human sexuality.
  2. Understand how the nervous and endocrine systems shape and control human sexual behavior, sexual cognition, sexual difficulties and sex and gender identities.
  3. Understand sexuality as it evolves through the life span.
  4. Increase student's ability to discuss issues relating to sex and gender with their partners in an effort to express one's sexual needs, wants and difficulties in a healthy and respectful manner. In addition, students should be able to discuss sexual issues in a respectful manner within family units and with friends.
  5. Understand how culture defines sex and gender roles, identities and norms. Students should have a better understanding and appreciation for sexual and gender differences.
  6. Have an increased understanding of issues surrounding sexual abuse and trauma and how to discuss these issues with partners, family members and friends. To know where to seek help to cope with personal sexual trauma and how to support friends, family and partners cope with the results of sexual trauma.
  7. Understand how pornography has influenced sex and gender identity, body image, cultural norms and sexual relationships with others.
  8. Have a greater understanding regarding local and national laws as they relate to sexual behaviors and relationships.

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