The goals of this course are:


At the end of this course, students should be able to:


I. Exams

Four exams and a final will be given. Each exam will be valued at 50 points and contain a combination of matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank and short essay questions. The final exam will be an equivalent of two 50-point exams. About half of the points will be a review from the previous four exams given during this semester. The remainder of the final exam questions will test the new material covered since the fourth exam. Copies of the actual exams from the previous semester will be given to each student.

Multiple choice and matching items are one point each, while other items are two points each. A maximum of one point may be taken off for misspelling on any two-point question.

The points lost due to misspelling may be regained by submitting the complete definitions of all words misspelled on the exam along with the exam itself to us the day before the next exam is given.

II. Reaction/Response Papers

Each student must write four papers, each about one of the exercises offered in Your Sexuality: A Self-Assessment. Papers are due by the beginning of class on the dates indicated on the assignment page. (Even if lecture schedules are changed, these dates will remain the same.) Papers may be handed in at any time before the due date, but they are due by the beginning of class on the respective due dates.

Each paper must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 750 words. (With double-spaced text required for either a word processor or a typewriter, this is about two pages. However, even with the single-spaced required for longhand, it will be about double that number of pages.) Only the first paper will be submitted in a finished draft form and be revised from the feedback received. Any points not earned on the draft may be gained only with the final form of the first paper. The final form of the first paper must be turned in with the corrected draft attached. The remaining three papers will only be accepted in final form. All final papers will be returned promptly with feedback and indication of the points earned.

Each paper must be headed with the student's name, name and section of the course, number of the paper, number and title of the assessment chosen, and the date. Each of the papers will be worth up to 15 points. Typically, point values will be equally divided among the following five categories.

Since papers are due before class begins on the due date, one point will be deducted if it is turned in later that day. For every full or partial calendar day after that, 2 points will be deducted for lateness until 15 points have been deducted. If the paper cannot be given directly to an instructor on campus, it must be handed to a division secretary (Human Services or Social Science) with the secretary recording the time and date that the paper is received or e-mailed as an attachment to one of the instructors. (Special arrangements may be made for circumstances beyond the student's control. It is the student's responsibility to let us know as soon as possible that such conditions exist.)


For those who want to gain additional points to help their grades, up to 30 additional points may be obtained through grade insurance (see attached forms).


Beside the 300 points that can be potentially obtained on the exams, up to 60 additional points may be obtained through the required papers. The approximate grading curve based on total points earned for the course is indicated below.

295+ = A
255+ = B
215+ = C
145+ = Pass

Within 10 points below each of the above grade designations will be considered "on the line." The higher grade may be awarded at the instructors' discretion. The instructors' discretion will be related to unexcused absences, class participation and other related factors. If an exam is missed and is averaged, the instructors' discretionary area will no longer apply.


Up to an equivalent of one week's unexcused absences (one evening period or two day periods) will not effect your grade in any way.

Over one week's unexcused absences will not effect your grade unless you are "on the line" between two grades, in which case the unexcused absences will tip the balance in favor of the lower grade. However, weighing other variables beside absences, "on the line" final grades may be awarded either way at the instructors' discretion.

To excuse an absence, it is the student's responsibility to provide us with a written excuse (from parent, physician, nurse, faculty member, administrator or other responsible party) within one week after returning to class. (As a student, you are also considered to be a responsible party.)

If you know of an absence in advance, notify us of such an absence before it occurs and make arrangements with us. If you have a valid, excused absence for the exam, you will receive an average raw score from the other three exams. However, "on the line" final grades will automatically be given the lower grade. If the absence is unexcused, you will receive a "zero" on that exam.

No makeups are given for exams. Students cannot receive course credit if they miss the final or more than one of the other exams.


One of the main goals of this class is to "facilitate open and honest communication about sexuality." This cannot be accomplished unless students are encouraged to express themselves in class openly and honestly.

For this reason, above and beyond learning the information related to sexuality, students will be asked to discuss their own personal feelings and values related to the topics being covered. If students do not want to respond to any question about their personal feelings or values, and they clearly state that they do not want to respond, the instructors will immediately stop questioning the individual on that topic. However, if students fail to state their wishes clearly, the instructors are likely assume that the students are merely trying to think about their answers to the questions. In this case, instructors will probably try to help them out by clarifying the questions or waiting for them to respond.

Since we encourage open and honest discussion of sexuality both inside and outside of the class, any personal attitudes or information shared are confidential. This means that they cannot be revealed in any way outside of class that would identify the person involved either directly or indirectly. (Even when talking about a specific person's values or feelings outside of class with another student from the class, especially in a public place, care must be taken not to include the person's name or other identifying information.) Any violation of this confidentiality will be dealt with severely.


Any student who requires special accommodations because of a disability should tell us as soon as possible, so adjustments can be made in a timely manner. It is your responsibility to make us aware of your needs at the beginning of the semester. If you must withdraw from the course for any reason, it is your responsibility to do so before the deadline.


Visitors are welcome in the class. However, for reasons of confidentiality, visitors must be unanimously approved by the class. If one person does not want that visitor, the visitor will not be allowed to come to the class. (To avoid making potential visitors feel rejected, if students want to bring visitors, they should ask for an acceptance vote during the class period before the potential visit.) Although the visitors will not be asked any informational questions, they may be asked their own personal values and attitudes. They have the same option of declining to respond as do the students registered for the class. In addition, all visitors must agree to the confidentiality principle mentioned above.


Behavioral Science



Spring, 2002 MW 10:50-12:05

(I am no longer teaching this course. However, the course organization, condensed lecture notes and previous exams are maintained on this site to provide information about human sexuality for both students and teachers.)

Instructors Office AWC Phone Home Phone E-Mail Office hours
Dave Gershaw NONE NONE 783-0501 DAGershaw@aol.com By appointment
Gay Thrower LR-221 344-7556 782-3278 Gay.Thrower@awc.cc.az.us Posted on door or by appointment

(If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message.)

Books Required - Human Sexuality Diversity in Contemporary America, Strong, DeVault, Sayad and Yarber, 2002 (Shrink-wrapped with the following) Study Guide, Mitzenmacher and Sayad , 2002. (If DRP is below 65, a reading course is strongly recommended.)

A condensed version of class notes can be found on the following links.

Introduction, Perspectives, Female and Male Sexual Anatomy

Sexual Response Cycle; Communication; Love, Intimacy and Sexuality

Sexual Expression, Atypical Sex and Paraphilias, Gender and Gender Roles

Sexuality over the Life Span, Sexual Orientation

Sexual Coercion, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Commercial Sex, Sexuality and Health, Sexual Enhancement

Birth Control, Conception to Birth

Some handouts are used to add to the material from the text. To see them, go to the "A Line on Life" page.

Exams that were given the previous semester are available as a study guide:

Instructions, First Exam, Second Exam

Third Exam, Fourth Exam

Final Exam

DateTopic to be covered in class(Chapters in bold)
January 16Introduction to courseStudy Guide, p. 3-4
January 21Martin Luther King HolidayNo Class
January 23More Intro. & Perspectives on Human Sexuality1
January 28Perspectives on Human Sexuality (Continued)1
January 30Female Anatomy & Physiology (Video) (Finished Draft Due)3
February 4Male Anatomy & Physiology (Film)4
February 6
Sexual Response Cycle
Studying Human Sexuality
(Chapter 2 not discussed in class)

February 11EXAM, Review Exam1-4
February 13Communication & Sexuality
(1st Paper Due)
February 18Presidents' Day No Class
February 20Communication & Sexuality (Continued)8
February 25Love, Intimacy & Sex7
February 27Sexual Expression9
March 4Atypical Sexual Behavior
(Optional for class discussion)
March 6EXAM, Review Exam
Gender & Gender Roles
Ch. 7-10
March 18Gender & Gender Roles5
March 20Childhood & Adolescence
(Second Paper Due)
March 25Adult Sexuality & Aging
March 27Sexual Orientation p. 164-167, 181-186, 538-539, 564-568
April 1EXAM, Review Exam Ch. 5-6, p. 538-539, 564-568
April 3Rape (Video)p. 569-594
April 8Rape (Continued)p. 569-594
April 10Other Sexual Victimizationp. 557-564

April 11

Last day to withdraw

April 15Sexually Transmitted Diseases
(Video) (Optional for class discussion)
April 17Commercial Sex (Optional for class discussion)18
April 22EXAM, Review Exam 18
Ch. 15-16, 18, p. 557-564, 569-594
April 24Sexuality and Disability (Video)
(4th Paper Due)
April 29Sexuality and Disability (Video)
May 1Sexual Dysfunctions & Treatment (Optional for class discussion)14
May 6Birth Control (Optional for class discussion)11
May 8Conception, Pregnancy, Birth (Video)12
May 13FINAL, Review Final (10:00-Noon) Whole Text

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date indicated. Class discussion is flexible and will be changed according to the needs of the class. Because reviews may be shortened or omitted depending on the time remaining in the class period before each exam, students are encouraged to form their own study groups outside class and/or seek the help from the teachers or tutors.


Each student must write four papers, each about one of the exercises offered in the Study Guide by Mitzenmacher and Sayad. The major purpose of writing these papers is to help you understand your own personal values, feelings and beliefs in relation to your sexuality. We have found that, if you can express your ideas to others, they will become much clearer to you. Personal information expressed in these papers will be kept strictly confidential.

You must choose one of the assessment exercises indicated below for each paper. Look through most of the exercises before you pick the one for your paper.

Papers may be handed in any time beforehand, but they must be handed in by the beginning of class on the respective due dates. (Even if lecture schedules are changed, the dates below will remain the same.)

With each of these exercises, your paper should include the answers to the two following questions.

For more information on reaction papers, see the previous page.

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