PSYC 333/3.0 Human Sexuality
Human sexuality plays a major role in our lives. Next to sleeping and eating, it seems to be one of the most important drives we have to deal with as humans. Irrespective of whether we are young or old, man or woman, American or Japanese, sex it is an integral part of what we do and who we are. As such, human sexuality is perhaps one of the only topics of study relevant to 100% of the population in one way or another!
The purpose of the PSYCH 333 course is to provide students with an overview of typical sexual behaviour and its variations. In this course, we use perspectives from psychology, biology, anthropology, sociology and the medical science to provide an in depth study of human sexuality. In a dynamic small-group format, we will cover topics such as the history and current state of sexuality research, the sexual response cycle and why the existence of two genders may, in science, be inevitable. We will explore together controversial issues such as circumcision, abortion and sexual orientation and determine why the reality of two genders may, in cultural terms, be debatable ... and debate it we will! Particular attention will be paid to current research on sexual psychophysiology and sexual functioning, maintaining a rigorous scientific framework within a student-driven seminar environment.