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Ryerson University
Media Studies
RTA 180
Shavin Malhotra

Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology Fall 2013 PSY621 – Psychology of Human Sexuality INSTRUCTOR: Maria Gurevich, Ph.D. OFFICE: 939 JOR TELEPHONE: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7570 OFFICE HOURS: MON 1-2pm/appointment EMAIL: [email protected] (subject to change) URL: COURSE WEB SITE: TA:* Lisa Liskovoi ([email protected]) Alex Vasilovksy ([email protected]) OFFICE HOURS: MON 1-2pm/appointment (subject to change) OFFICE: 360B POD PREREQUISITE: PSY102 or PSY 105 or equivalent LENGTH: One semester DESIGNATION: Upper-Level Liberal Studies Type: Lecture (3 hours) Location: TRS2166/RCC204 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines contemporary knowledge and attitudes towards human sexuality, relying on theoretical and empirical psychological research. Multiple perspectives are presented, including psychosocial, cross-cultural and psychobiological. Sexuality across the life span is examined, including issues pertaining to: biological sexual differentiation, intimacy and communication, gender role development, varieties of sexual relationships and behavior, and sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Emphasis is placed on the critical analysis and synthesis of research on sexuality in the context of current social and cultural influences. Students are encouraged to develop an appreciation for the complexity of sexuality in its conceptualization, representation and enactment. REQUIRED TEXT: Hyde, J. S., DeLamater, J.D., & Byers, S.E. (2009). Understanding Human Sexuality. Toronto: McGraw-Hill. (FIFTH Canadian Edition). 4 copies will be placed on 2-hour loan at the Ryerson library ( All JOURNAL READINGS are on E-reserve: 2 of 6 COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION: The final examination and essay are mandatory. Anyone who fails to complete one of these requirements will receive a final grade of F. A passing grade (50%) must be received in at least one of the test/examination components in order to pass the course. Failure to do so will result in a final grade of F. Final grades will be based on the following: 1. Midterm Test 1 Oct. 21 25% (30 multiple choice questions + 3 short answer questions, 100 min) (Chapters 1-5; 9; READINGS) 2. Midterm Test 2 Nov. 25 25% (30 multiple choice questions + 3 short answer questions, 100 min) (Chapters 11-14; NOTE: Chapter 12, SKIP pp. 392-398; READINGS) 3. Term Paper Nov. 11 25% (See Essay Outline) 3. Final Exam (EXAM PERIOD Dec. 3-14) 25% (30 multiple choice questions + 3 short answer questions, 100 min) (Chapters 15-18; READINGS) Test and Exam Format All term tests and the final exam are comprised of a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions. Questions may be based on any aspect of the course material, including lectures, films, text and readings. Although the final exam is based on material presented after the second mid-term test, each exam is cumulative in the sense that later, more advanced concepts are based on and presuppose your understanding of earlier material. Essay – Use of Students agree that by taking this course required essays will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. Failure to do so or to make alternate arrangements will result in a grade of zero for the essay. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the website. Students who do not want their work submitted to this plagiarism detection service must, by the second week of class, consult with the instructor to make alternate arrangements. You can, and are strongly encouraged to, submit your paper to before handing it in for a grade. This will allow you to check for citation accuracy and make appropriate changes if you have inadvertently referenced some material incorrectly. Students should familiarize themselves with Ryerson‟s plagiarism policy. You will need to register on the website as a student in PSY 621. The account can be accessed via Blackboard, so you do not need an ID or password to log on. 3 of 6 Blackboard ( All students will need to access a blackboard account for this course. This will be the primary mode of disseminating all course updates (e.g., scheduling changes, handouts, relevant information). Grades will be posted here only; they will NOT be posted on my door or emailed individually. PROPOSED COURSE OUTLINE (subject to minor changes): Part One: Historical, Socio-cultural and Biological Influences WEEK OF: 1 (Sept. 02) Introduction 2 (Sept. 09) Sexuality in Perspective: Chapter 1 3 (Sept. 16) Theoretical Perspectives: Chapter 2 4 (Sept. 23) Sex Research: Chapter 3 Gill, R. (2009). Mediated intimacy and postfeminism: A discourse analytic examination of sex and relationships advice in a women‟s magazine. Discourse & Communication, 3, 345-369. 5 (Sept. 30) Sexual Anatomy, Physiology and Response: Chapters 4, 5, 9 Readings: Fausto-Sterling, A. (1993). The five sexes: Why male and female are not enough. The Sciences, March/April, 19-25. Fausto-Sterling, A. (2000). The five sexes revisited. The Sciences, 40 (4), 18- 23. Hester, D. (2004). Intersexes and the end of gender: Corporeal ethics and postgender bodies. Journal of Gender Studies, 13, 215-225. Part Two: Roles and Relationships 6 (Oct. 07) Sexual Anatomy, Physiology and Response (CONT): Chapters 4, 5, 9 7 (Oct. 14) ** FALL STUDY WEEK: NO LECTURE 8 (Oct. 21) ** TERM TEST 1: NO LECTURE ** 9 (Oct. 28) Gender Roles and Sexuality throughout the Lifespan: Chapters 11, 13, 14 4 of 6 Readings: Yost, M.R. & McCarthy, L. (2012). Girls gone wild?: Heterosexual women‟s same-sex kissing at coll
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