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HUMA 10: Human Sexuality (Lecture)

The comprehensive study of the biological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of human sexuality. An exploration into values and attitudes and their relationship to behaviors and behavioral changes. Includes an assessment of various cultural mores and current safe sex practices.

  • 4 Units: Four-Hour Lecture (48 hours total per quarter)

Fall Quarter 2015 Schedule:

 Call #   Schedule ID              Time/Days                                     Location               
 01204  HUMA-10.09  6:30pm-10:20pm
 Thursdays ONLY



Class Information | Course Outcomes & Objectives | Graded Assignments | Weekly Topics

Class Information/Course Syllabus

This class is a community, which is built on mutual respect and appreciation for learning. Disruptive behavior is unacceptable and will result in a student having to leave class or being dropped if the behavior continues. Please silence your cell phone before you enter class! Maintaining good communication with the instructor is important in HUMA 10. Contact me via email, telephone, or in person. Please talk to me as soon as you have any questions, concerns, or personal issues that may affect your class performance. If you are a student with a disability and would like to discuss special accommodations, please talk to me as soon as possible.

Please be aware the advisory for this course are EWRT 1A or ESL 5.  Even though there are no enforced prerequistes for this course, students are expected to complete reading and writing assignments at the advisory level.  Points will be deducted for misspellings and grammatical errors. Please utilize the Writing & Reading Center (WRC) for your submitted papers.  Students can also take advantage of the free online tutoring. Just login to MyPortal, go to the Students tab, and find the Smarthinking link.  You can work with a tutor live (hours vary by subject) or post a question or piece of writing for a response. 

Required Text & Course Materials
Yarber, William; Sayad, Barbara; Strong Bryan (2015). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America. 9th Edition (Looseleaf) ISBN: 9781308625492

Cell Phone with Text Messaging capabilities or Smartphones with Internet access.  We will use this for participation in class surveys.  Expect to use approximately 100 text messages during the first couple weeks of the quarter and a few text messages each week throughout the quarter. Survey Code for text messaging is 37607.  Smartphone Internet Users can access the survey polls at:    

Transfer Information/General Education Requirements
HUMA 10 is transferrable to both the CSU & UC campuses, as well as many private universities/colleges. This course fulfills AREA 4 of the IGETC, AREA D or E of the CSU General Education Breadth Requirements, and AREA D of the Associates Degree General Education requirements.   HUMA 10 is also part of the A.A. major requirements for Liberal Arts – Social & Behavior Sciences emphasis.

Important Fall Quarter 2015 Campus Dates (
• Last Day to Add Course with Add Code: Saturday, October 3
• Last Day to Drop Course with no record of grade: Sunday, October 4
• Last Day to Drop Course with a “W”: Friday, November 13
• Course Final (Date & Time): Thursday, December 10 from 6:15pm-8:15pm

Student Handbook Policies & Procedures
Academic Integrity 
Mutual Respect Policy
Student Grievance Procedure
Student Rights & Responsibilities 

Late Adds
In rare instances when a student adds a course late, the student is responsible for coursework missed.  In addition, missed classes will be counted against the attendance policy for the course. 

 Course Outcomes & Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
Critically examine and synthesize the social, cultural and physiological implications in the field of human sexuality; and demonstrate the ability to analyze and respond to complex issues related to human sexuality in all assignments.

Course Objectives
• Provide information concerning biological, psychological, ethical, and social aspects of human sexuality.

• Increase the student’s awareness of sexual attitudes, behaviors, experiences, stereotypes, and myths.

• Provide students with opportunities to discuss and clarify their own beliefs, opinion, and value systems 
as it applies to sexual behavior.

• To encourage you to become more comfortable talking about sex as well as to explore the varied 
dimensions of your sexuality in order to see how each affects your personal sexuality, sexual health, relationships, and sexual responsibility. 

Graded Assignments

Graded Assignments, Projects, and Exams
All assignments must be typed and submitted in class on the due date. Assignments that are submitted late will be docked a letter grade each class day it is late. Assignments that are emailed or handwritten will also be docked a letter grade.  No makeup exams given unless due to personal or family emergencies. If you qualify for an exception, you must notify me via email on the day that you miss class or before the next class meeting following a test. No Exceptions!

Attendance & Class Participation
It is mandatory that you attend every class session. Only (2) two absences will be allowed. I suggest you hold them for use in case of illness, emergency, car trouble, etc.  Once you have exceeded your 2 absences, the instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class and/or deduct 10 points per class meeting missed. Contact me via email if you have to miss class so that I am familiar with your circumstances.

If it is impossible for you to attend a class session, you will still be responsible to get the information that was covered and complete the homework assigned before the next class session. I strongly encourage you to exchange telephone numbers with your classmates, so those persons can fill you in on the assignments and material covered on the day you missed. Be on time to class! If you show up to class late or leave early, it will be counted as a half of an absence (meaning two tardies equals an absence). 

Students are required to actively listen, participate in discussions, and interactive group exercises. Also, students must respect anyone with views that differ from their own, not interrupt others, or engage in disruptive behavior. Engaging in disruptive behavior may result in dismissal from the class and possibly reported to the Dean of Student Development.

Exams/Quizzes (3 exams @ 50 points each / 4 quizzes @ 5 points each - 170 points TOTAL)
Exams will cover both textbook readings, lectures, articles, and films shown in class. Each exam will be utilizing the Pink Parscore which is available at the Campus Bookstore.  Quizzes will be given on random class days within the first 10 minutes of class covering textbook readings and articles.  There are no make-ups for quizzes for any reason.

Group Projects: Debate Presentation (50 points)
The purpose of the group projects is to provide you with an opportunity to actively participate in your learning, teach others what you have learned, and practice the art of public speaking in a safe and supportive environment.

As your group begins to meet and discuss the topic assigned, be sure to involve everyone in the process. Remember we all have different strengths and areas that need to be developed. This assignment should be fun, yet challenging, but remember you are all working together for a common cause and that is “Learning to build student networks or learning communities” with each other.

Classroom Debate Information

Debate Topics:
Arranged Marriages versus Marrying for Love
   Arranged (Sally, Rachel, Krish, Rosa) | Love (Miguel, Wenbo, Julio, TBD)
• Abortion (Pro-Choice versus Pro-Life)
   Choice (Avi, Lorenzo, Rauda, TBD) | Life (Soo Jung, Brittany, Dominic, Sharon)
Contraceptives (Should Be or Should Not Be) Covered By Insurance Companies
Should (Bac, David, Naomi, Jill) | Should Not Be (Brianna, Rivera, Shelby, TBD) 
Prostitution (Should Be or Should Not Be) Legal 
   Should (Alejandra, Alexis, Bianca, Jacob) | Should Not Be (Jess, Kean, Guadalupe, Vinh)
Pornography (is or is not) a Social Issue
    Pro (Sam, Kira, Jr, TBD) | Con (Devon, John, Jasmine, Yuheng) 

Be sure to ask me questions if you are unsure of the presentation or if you need clarification prior to your presentation 

Written Assignments (TOTAL 180 points) 
Speaker Response Assignment (25 points each - 100 POINTS TOTAL) 
Film Assignment (40 points)
Field Trip Assignment (40 points TOTAL)

Field Trip Events & Locations
• Renegades Bar 
   - BDSM Demonstrations: Thursday Nights (21+) after 8:30pm
Good Vibrations (Adult Shop) 534 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA
Leather Masters (BDSM) 969 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 

The following field trip events and locations in San Francisco will earn you an additional ten (10) extra credit points with proof of attendance (i.e. receipts or picture of you in the location).  
• (SF) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) History Museum 
    - Free on First Wednesday of the Month / $3 with Student ID
• (SF) Good Vibrations (Adult Shop) 1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street) San Francisco, CA
    - Please visit the Antique Vibrator Museum | Hours of Operation 
• (SF) Center for Sex and Culture - Attend a Workshop
• (SF) Armory Studios - Use Promo Code: DeAnza50 (50% discount) until Oct 31st

If you have any other locations you would like to visit, please email directly with your suggestion and its relevance to human sexuality.  This must be pre-approved to count towards this assignment. 

GRADING SCALE (400 points possible)
A  (360-400) / B (320-359) / C (280-319) / D (240-279) / F (under 240)  

Grading is based on a 400 point scale, but is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Grade percentages at the cusp of two letter grades will receive a designated plus/minus grade (i.e. 89% will receive a B+ and 90% will receive an A-).  Extra credit opportunities are available so please do not ask to bump your grade.   

Grade Disputes
All final exams and graded paperwork for the quarter will be shredded a month after the class has ended.  If you would like your final exams and graded papers, please email me to set-up an appointment to retrieve these documents.  Once these documents have been shredded, there will be no opportunities for grade disputes.  

Weekly Topics/Assignments Due                             

Topics, including lectures, films, readings, etc. often are sexually explicit, presenting a wide variety of human sexual behavior, values, and beliefs. Although I strive to be sensitive in the presentation of such course materials, there is the potential of some course materials to be taken as offensive and/or demeaning. The content of this class may provoke strong emotional responses. Students may also find their sexual views and beliefs challenged through group discussions and debates.  

Fall Quarter


Topics (subject to change)                                                                                  


Human NatureJustify My Love | Nightline Interview I | Nightline Interview II

Introduction | Polling

Sexual Class Profile

The Geography of Desire

Sexual Practices Values Clarification

Kinsey Institute/Roper Organization National Sex Knowledge Test

Porn Sex vs. Real Sex


Print Out Course Syllabus

Read Chapters 1-2


Course Syllabus

Debate Information/Group Topic Assignments


Sexuality, Popular Culture, and the Media



Historical View of Sex through the Ages

Societal Norms and Sexuality

Sex Researchers

Ethnicity and Sexuality


Sex in the 20th Century video (43 min)

  Read Chapter 5
(also may want to get started on the following week's readings)

Print Out "Speaker Response Assignment" Directions 


Sex & Gender

Gender Roles: Masculinity & Femininity

Body Image Worksheet

Body Shapes & Media

Gender-Role Learning

Contemporary Gender Roles & Scripts

Gender Variations


*Guest Speaker #1A: Transgender Speaker


Is Being Gay A Choice 

*Guest Speaker #1B: Sexuality Panel


Define Sexual Orientation

Kinsey Sexual Orientation Scale

Klein Sexual Orientation Grid

Nature versus Nurture - Sexual Orientation

Homosexual Experiences

Coming Out

Homophobia & Hate Crimes


Read Chapters 3-4, 12

Speaker Response Assignment Paper #1 


Assignment Due: Speaker Response #1A or #1B


Male & Female Anatomy

Your Man Reminder | Breast Self Examination | Testicular Self Examination


*Guest Speaker #2: Dr. Jesse, OB/GYN

Child Bearing Trends

Stages of Labor
Live Birth
Cesarean Sections




Study for Exam #1

Speaker Response Assignment Paper #2

Read Chapter 6-7


Assignment Due: Speaker Response #2



Exam #1: Chapters 1-5


Sexuality in Infancy & Childhood

Sexuality in Adolescence (Puberty/Sex Education)


Comprehensive versus Abstinence Sex Education Programs

Sexuality in Early Adulthood (Single/Cohabitation)

Sexuality in Middle Adulthood (Marriage/Divorce)

What Marriage Offers & Why So Many Resist It



Read Chapter 8

(also may want to get started on the following week's readings)

Film Assignment 


Assignment Due: Film Assignment


Friendship & Love

Love & Sexuality

Lee's Six Types of Love Styles

Triangular Theory of Love

Jealousy & Extradyadic Involvement

Passion to Intimacy



Nature of Communication

Men & Women Communication | Advice Column

Sexual Communication | Let's Talk About Sex Worksheet

Developing Communication Skills

Conflict & Intimacy

  Read Chapters 11, 15 & 16


De Anza College Health Services

Birth Control


*Guest Speaker #3: Planned Parenthood



(1) Abortion 

(2) Contraceptives Covered By Insurance Companies


Speaker Response Assignment Paper #3

Study for Exam #2


Assignment Due: Speaker Response #3



Exam #2: Chapters 6-8, 11, 15-16


Let's Talk About STI's Worksheet



(3) Prostitution Legality

(4) Arranged Marriages versus Marrying for Love

  Read Chapter 9-10


Cunnilingus Class

Sexual Attractiveness


Sexual Behaviors with Others


Sex Toys


Sexual Variations & Paraphilic Behavior


*Guest Speaker #4: BDSM




(5) Pornography - Social Issue


Read Chapters 17-18

Speaker Response Assignment Paper #4



Assignment Due: Speaker Response #4


*Guest Speaker #5: YWCA


Bystander Training

Rape & Relationship Violence

Sex Workers


Human Trafficking


Erotica & Pornography

Sexuality & the Law

  Study for Final


Assignment Due: Speaker Response #5 (extra paper)

Assignment Due: Field Trip Assignment (both pre- & post- reflections)


FINAL EXAM (Chapters 9-10,17-18): Thursday, December 10 (6:15pm-8:15pm)

Email: Randy Claros
Phone: 408.864.5400 
Student & Community
Services (SCS) Building
Counseling Center
Second Floor





Last Updated: 10/2/15