University of Pittsburgh

Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality

Course Number: 
PSY 1110
Credits: 
3 credits
Instructor and Time: 
Katrina Cooper, ST, Saturdays 1:00pm-4:00pm
Course Level: 
Undergraduate

This upper level course presents a social-psychological research orientation toward the study of human sexual behavior, with a major emphasis on the impact of underlying values and attitudes. A secondary theme is the interaction of social and biological factors in determining sexual behavior. Topics that will be addressed include sex hormones and sexual arousal, sexual orientation, the menstrual cycle, and pregnancy and childbirth. Other topics include contraception, love and attraction, sexually transmitted deseases and coercive sexual behavior. In this course students engage in classroom activities, small group discussions, have opportunity to talk to invited guests and listen to short lectures. Requirements include two exams and a few written assignments. This is a Hybrid course requiring students to attend scheduled workshops and participate in online discussions and activities. Workshops dates: May 8, June 12, and July 17, 2010.

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