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Counseling: Randy L. Claros, M.A.

HUMA 10: Human Sexuality

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.

Winter Quarter 2016 Schedule:

 Call #   Schedule ID              Time/Days                                     Location               
 01046   HUMA-10.05  12:30pm-1:20pm


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. Please talk to me as soon as you have any questions, concerns, or personal issues that may affect your class performance via email. If you are a student with a disability and would like to discuss classroom 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 assigned 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 with Connect) ISBN: 9781308687278.

Three (3) Green Scantrons (Form No. 882-E) for Exams

Social Media Requirement: Create a Facebook account for posting Human Sexuality current events, creating "memes" related to the topics addressed in class, and commenting on these posts and "memes".  

Cell Phone with Text Messaging capabilities.  We will use this for participation in class surveys. Expect to use approximately 30 text messages during the first couple weeks of the quarter and a few text messages each week throughout the quarter. 

Optional Course Material
Compact-Size Stapler

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 Winter Quarter 2016 Campus Dates (
• Last Day to Add Course with Add Code: Saturday, January 16
• Last Day to Drop Course with no record of grade: Monday, January 18
• Last Day to Drop Course with a “W”: Friday, February 26
• Course Final (Date & Time): Wednesday, March 23 from 11:30am-1:30pm

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 week 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 before the next class meeting following a test. No Exceptions!

Attendance & Class Participation
It is mandatory that you attend every class session. Only (3) three absences will be allowed. I suggest you hold them for use in case of illness, emergency, car trouble, etc.  Once you have exceeded your 3 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 and/or emails with your classmates, so they can fill you in on the assignments and material covered on the day you missed. If you are still unclear after speaking with your classmates, then email me with your questions and/or concerns.  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 will cover textbook readings, lectures, articles, guest speakers, and films shown in class. Each exam will be utilizing the Green Scantron 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 Project: Debate Presentation
The purpose of the group projects is to provide you with an opportunity to actively participate in your learning 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:
• Abortion (Pro-Choice versus Pro-Life)
• Contraceptives (Should Be or Should Not Be) Covered By Insurance Companies
• Prostitution (Should Be or Should Not Be) Legal 
• Pornography (is or is not) a Social Issue

Be sure to ask me questions if you are unsure of the presentation or if you need clarification prior to your presentation.  Groups will be assigned on the third week of the quarter.  

Social Media: Facebook Postings & Comments
HD10W16 Facebook Group Page (
Directions can be found on the Facebook Group Page.

Written Assignments 
• Field Trip Reaction Paper (DUE: FEBRUARY 2)
Speaker Response Paper (DUE: MARCH 1 & 10) 

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 five (5) 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 Jan 31st
      ** Extra 5 points for a TOTAL of 10 extra credit points for Armory Studios **

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 (300 points possible)
A  (270-300) / B (240-269) / C (210-239) / D (180-209) / F (under 180)  

Exams: 135 points (3 exams @ 45 points each)
Pop Quizzes: 15 points (3 quizzes @ 5 points each)
Debate Presentation: 40 points
Speaker Response Paper: 50 points (2 papers @ 25 points each)
Field Trip Assignment: 30 points
Social Media Postings & Comments: 30 points

Grading is based on a 300 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 (up to 20 points) 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 lectures, group discussions, and debates.  If a student knows there is a specific topic that will be difficult due to these types of extremely negative and/or traumatic experiences, let the instructor know at least 24 hours before class and the instructor will seek to make a reasonable accommodation if possible. Likewise, if a topic covered in class triggers an unanticipated reaction due to such a previous traumatic and/or extremely negative experience, please feel free to leave class and email the instructor within 24 hours after class, and again, the instructor will seek to make a reasonable accommodation if possible. Please note that such accommodations will typically include alternate ways of obtaining the educational content of the material presented in the missed class. Finally, please note that accommodations will not be given for basic discomfort with the material or for moral/religious objections to the material covered (e.g., abortion; sexual orientation; gender identity). If any of the topics covered may be offensive, upsetting or disturbing to you, please do not take the course. 

Additionally, students are encouraged to communicate any concerns or negative reactions about the course or subject matter to the instructor (or teaching assistants). Communication can be helpful in resolving any negative reactions to class content and experiences that may have occurred. Through such communications, the instructor can determine if it is feasible to make reasonable adjustments to help alleviate students’ concerns without undermining the educational objectives. 

Winter Quarter 2016

  Topics (subject to change)                                                                                  


Justify My Love (5:00) | Blurred Lines (4:31)

Sex from 1990s to Today Discussion

Access to E-Textbook (Free 14-Day Courtesy Access)


Create McGraw-Hill Account to Activate E-Textbook

Print Out "Sexual Practice Values Clarification" Worksheet


Polling | Sexual Class Profile
Sexual Practices Values Clarification Discussion

Geography of Desire

  Print Out Course Syllabus

Kinsey Institute/Roper Organization National Sex Knowledge Test
Course Syllabus

ADD Codes Provided

  Read Chapter 1 (pages 2-13)

Studying Human Sexuality

Sexuality, Popular Culture, and the Media


  Read Chapter 1 (pages 15-19)
 1/11 Historical View of Sex throughout the Ages
  Read Chapter 1 (pages 22-24)
 1/12 Sex in the 20th Century video (42:59)
  Read Chapter 2 (pages 32-46)
 1/13 Sex Researchers
 1/14 ** NO CLASS - MLK Weekend **
 1/18 ** NO CLASS - MLK Weekend  **
  Read Chapter 2 (pages 56-61)

Debate Information/Group Topic Assignments

  Read Chapter 5 (pages 124-133)

Geography of Desire


Read Chapter 5 (pages 138-148)

Complete the "Body Image" Worksheet


Sex Researchers


Guest Speaker #1: Transgender 


Sex & Gender

Body Image | Body Shapes & Media


Studying Gender and Gender Roles

Gender-Role Learning

Contemporary Gender Roles and Scripts


Define Sexual Orientation

Kinsey Sexual Orientation Scale

Klein Sexual Orientation Grid

Nature versus Nurture - Sexual Orientation

Is Being Gay A Choice (5:05)

Homosexual Experiences

Coming Out

Homophobia & Hate Crimes


Read Chapter 4 (pages 103-115)



  Read Chapter 4 (pages 115-119)



Field Trip Reaction Paper DUE

Read Chapter 3 (pages 66-95)


Due: Field Trip Reaction Paper

Cunnilingus Class (3:12)
Male & Female Anatomy

Female Reproduction System (10:14)

Male Reproduction System (10:43)

Sex & Fertilization (9:58)


Read Chapter 12 (pages 360-369, 380-382)


Pregnancy: Sperm Fertilized Egg (3:36) | Girl or Boy (1:59) | Weeks 10-14  (2:19) Weeks 15-20 (2:15) | Weeks 21-27 (2:04) | Weeks 28-37 (2:11) | Labor & Birth (2:46)


[Private Dicks Video (56:45) | Breasts Video (50:00)]


Group Presentation Preparation

  Study for EXAM #1  

Your Man Reminder (2:39) | Breast Self Examination (8:26) | Period Tracker

Ball Checker App | Testicular Self Examination (2:05)


EXAM #1: Essay Questions


EXAM #1: Chapters 1-5, 12


Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development

Stages of Friendship Development

Differences between Male & Female Friendships


Comprehensive versus Abstinence Sex Education Programs

What to Tell Children About Sex

   Read Chapter 6 (pages 156-158, 161-164, 178-181)


 2/15 ** NO CLASS - President's Day Weekend **
  Read Chapter 7 (pages 185, 188-196, 198-204, 207-211)






Read Chapter 8 (pages 216-227, 229-231) 


Love & Friendship

Lee's Six Types of Love Styles

Triangular Theory of Love

Negative Side of Love: Jealousy & Stalking 


Read Chapter 8 (pages 235-249)

Complete the "Let's Talk About Sex" Worksheet


Active Listening

Verbal Communication Processes

Advice Column | Men & Women Communication 

Communication Between Men & Women

Poor Listening

Sexual Communication | Let's Talk About Sex Worksheet





  Read Chapter 11 (pages 323-325, 328-344) 

Guest Speaker #2: Planned Parenthood

  Read Chapter 15 (pages 491-507) & Chapter 16 (pages 518-529, 543-552)

De Anza College Health Services

Birth Control


Let's Talk About STI's Worksheet 




  Study for Exam #2

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

  Read Chapter 17 (pages 558-567)

Movies for Mental Health (Conference Rooms A & B)


Sexual Harrassment

Not Anymore Video

Consent (2:50)


Read Chapter 17 (pages 572-592)
Speaker Response Paper #1 DUE


DUE: Speaker Response Paper #1

Guest Speaker #3: YWCA


Read Chapter 9 (pages 255-266, 268-292)



Sexual Desire

Hooking Up


Sex Toys

Sexual Behavior with Others


Read Chapter 10 (pages 297-301, 314-318) 


Guest Speaker #4: BDSM



Read Chapter 10 (pages 301-314) 


Sexual Variations & Paraphilic Behavior

Types of Paraphilias


Read Chapter 18 (pages 602-616) 


Porn Sex vs. Real Sex (1:47)

Pornography & Erotica 

 3/9 To Be Determined (TBD) 
  Speaker Response Paper #2 DUE

DUE: Speaker Response Paper #2

To Be Determined (TBD)


Debate Week: Abortion

Pro-Choice: Ryan, Mackenzie, Yun, Sulli, Cat
Pro-Life: Marvin, Shaista, Sabrina, Brenda, Kristal


Debate Week: Contraceptives Covered By Insurance Companies

PRO (Should Be Covered): Jacqueline, Eric, Giuseppe, Christopher

CON (Should NOT be Covered): Marissa, Isabella, Helen, Andy, Nicole


Debate Week: Prostitution Legality 

PRO (Legalize Prostitution): Neela, Benny, Phuc, Brad, Yarelli

CON (Criminalize Prostitution): Jimmy, Andrei, Tai, Tricia, Ana 


Debate Week: Social Issues in Pornography

PRO (Social Issue/Against Pornography): Abrianna, Jourdawn, Anthony, Rachel, David

CON (Promotes Pornography/Healthy): Ricardo, Fiza, Wongelawit, Mindy, Courtney


Study for Exam 

Read Chapters 13-14 (will not cover in lecture)


Debate Week: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis - PREP (11:30am-12:15pm)

PRO (Promotes Good Public Health): Tara, Mia, Samantha S, Ronnie

CON (Encourages Unprotected Sex): Stephanie, Samantha M, Maren, Kevin, Wilson
FINAL EXAM with ESSAYS - Chapters 9-10, 17-18 (12:15pm-1:30pm)

Email: Randy Claros
Phone: 408.864.5400 
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Last Updated: 3/17/16