HE-105: Human Sexuality (2E)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HE-105 Human Sexuality (2E)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

Designed to assist students in developing positive and accepting attitudes and behaviors about their own sexuality and that of others throughout the life cycle. Study includes psycho-sexual development, sexual behaviors, reproductive biology, and family planning.

1 Students in HE-101, HE-102, HE-103, HE-104, HE-105, HE-106, HE-107, HE-108, HE-110, and HE-111 must pay a special supplies and services fee of $5.00.
2 Course qualifies as Pathways Common Core 2E–Scientific World.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences (concentration: gender studies)

A.S. Health Sciences (advised major elective)

A.S. Public Health (advised major elective)

A.S. Psychology (elective)

HE-105 is a free elective in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Dance.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will identify the factors that influence how and when individuals become sexually aroused and why they make the choices they do.

  2. Students will analyze the influence of alcohol, addiction, and depression on sexual risk-taking.

  3. Students will describe the role of the brain in sexual attraction and response.

  4. Students will examine the roles of evolution, genetics, and hormonal influences in shaping sexual orientation.

  5. Students will analyze the interaction of biology and environment in determining a person's sexual orientation based on existing models.

  6. Students will examine how homosexuality has been viewed historically in Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions.

  7. Students will analyze the religious, ethical, and scientific literature as it relates to abortion in the United States.

  8. Students will compare the legacy of abortion in the United States with that of other developed countries.

  9. Students will examine the medical and surgical methods of abortion.

  10. Students will identify variations in gender identity.

  11. Students will examine gender role expectations and their effects on relationships and sexual behavior.

  12. Students will identify sex differences in cognition, personality, and behavior.

  13. Students will describe the ethical guidelines relating to participants in sexuality research.

  14. Students will examine the type and extent of harm that can occur when ethical boundaries are crossed in sexuality research (such as in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study).

  15. Students will analyze the effectiveness of screening tests which have been developed for ovarian, breast and prostate cancer on morbidity and mortality rates.

  16. Students will describe the impact of Gardasil (HPV vaccination) on the incidence of cervical cancer and penile cancer.

  17. Students will discuss the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on sexual behavior and on public health activities.

  18. Students will analyze the public health controversy around the HPV vaccination.

  19. The students will examine the value of STI testing as a standard health practice.

  20. Students will analyze the ethical considerations raised by each.

  21. Students will examine the ethical and legal questions that exist as a result of the advances in infertility treatments and assisted reproductive technologies (such as intrauterine fertilization and embryo cryopreservation).

  22. Students will examine rape laws in the United States (as applied to marital rape, date rape, statutory rape).

  23. Students will discuss sexual violence during times of political unrest (rape used to demoralize a population, rape used as a weapon of war).

  24. Students will examine the myths and cultural beliefs that encourage rape in our society.

Program-specific outcomes


Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Examinations

  2. Assignments and Projects

  3. Participation and Oral Presentations

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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