Lauren F. Lichty
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of psychology. Topics may include the history of psychology; human memory; dreaming; cognitive psychology.
Introduction to Human Sexuality
Human sexuality is an integral aspect of all of our lives. This course will provide you with an introduction to theory and research on human sexuality. We will explore biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality, as well as the relationship between individual sexual experiences and the environment, placing sexuality in context.
Student learning goals
In addition to the IAS learning goals, the overall goal of this course is to create both intellectual and personal space for all students to reflect on human sexuality. In this course you will:
•Engage in open, honest, and respectful communication about sex and sexuality.
•Increase your knowledge of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality.
•Apply the above knowledge to human behavior and relationships.
•Reflect on your own values, assumptions, and experiences related to human sexuality.
General method of instruction
This class follows a collaborative learning format. Each class session is designed to enhance your active involvement in the learning process (e.g., with small and large class discussion, debates, quick write and reflects, and other activities). I strongly encourage you to ask questions and add your own views to class discussion. I believe that we all have unique experiences and insights regarding the topics to be covered throughout this course.
The following communication guidelines will facilitate our class interactions: (a) speak from your own experience, (b) be aware of cultural differences and don’t make generalizations about a group of people, (c) be open and honest to the extent that you feel comfortable, (d) be respectful, (e) expect to learn something about yourself and others, and (f) engage each other by listening as well as speaking.
Come as you are, but come with an open, curious, and respectful mind.
Class assignments and grading
Past classes have incorporated the use of photography, cultural artifact analysis (e.g., magazine images), video analysis, short research papers, short reflection papers, and non-cumulative multiple choice or short answer exams.