Human Sexuality                                 Dr. Hardt

Sociology 432                                   MSU-Billings

TTh 10:30-12:00                                 Spring, 2010



PHONE:  657-2991

OFFICE HOURS: MWF 11:45-12:45

              TTh 12:15-1:15 and by appointment.



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TEXTS:     Crooks, Robert and Karla Baur.  Our Sexuality

          11th edition Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.  2011.




Sexuality is a subject about which most people are ambivalent.  On the one hand sexuality is integral to popular culture, suggesting it is accorded high value.  On the other hand sexuality continues to be a rather taboo topic for public discourse.  On the one hand people often profess to be quite knowledgeable about sex.  On the other hand common knowledge about sex is heavily imbued with myth and misinformation.  The themes of this course are intended to familiarize you with empirical research that has provided us with a more informed understanding of sex and sexuality, in order that you develop a more informed understanding.  Also examined are social issues pertaining to sexuality.  Finally, there will be an emphasis on treating sexuality as a topic which can be openly discussed.  It is hoped, as well, that you will learn to apply this knowledge in understanding sexual choices and relationships in which you may be involved.  You are encouraged to participate in lecture discussion, it being my belief that participation is one of the most crucial forms of learning.  More than that, however, a principal objective of this course is to accustom you to learning to treating sex and sexuality as topics that can be openly and comfortably discussed as a part of everyday discourse and—importantly—within a relationship.  You are cautioned to treat the subject matter maturely and to respect the comments of your classmates.  You are also cautioned that material will be introduced in the course that some individuals find offensive.  If you are likely to find the open discussion and viewing of human sexuality repulsive or objectionable, you are strongly advised to drop the course.  None of the material you will encounter is presented for gratuitous purposes.  You should not interpret it as such and you should not take the course if you wish to see sexual material for gratuitous or prurient purposes.


There will be three exams, assorted assignments, and video.  You are also required to write a term paper of a minimum of five pages.  The topic is up to you.  It should pertain to a topic that may be of interest to you that you either know little about, or that you can apply experiential knowledge to academic material.  The paper will use an ASA/APA format, and must include a bibliography.  The following schedule is tentative.  It is important to me that I provide adequate explanation of material to maximize your understanding of topics.  When that means lingering on an issue longer than I had anticipated, I will.  In addition, the quality and quantity of class participation can prompt modifications in the course schedule.  You will be notified in advance of changes, in particular of alterations affecting exam schedule and content.  It is imperative for you to understand that lecture means student participationFailure to participate in class discussion will mean a loss of as much as 25 percent of the total points toward your final grade.


I generally arrive five minutes after class is to begin.  This is to give you time to get to class, in the event that you are delayed for some reason.  Once I arrive the classroom door  will be closed.  Because of the provocative nature of course content, if you arrive after the door is closed you will not be allowed in; if you leave the classroom for any reason after the door is close, you will not be allowed back in.


Students who require accommodations for disabilities are encouraged to make arrangements to discuss these with me during my office hours.  Enjoy the semester and enjoy sexuality.







         15 Introduction to the course.

         20 What's the fuss about?  Class discussion.

      22-29 Human sexuality research.  Ch. 2.  Stombler, et al. 7 & 8.




        2-5 A cross-cultural examination of sexuality. Ch. 1.  Stombler, et al. 38.

      10-12 Sexual identity:  combining sex and gender.  Ch. 3.  Stombler, et al. 6 & 25.

      17-26 Female and male sexual anatomy.  Ch. 4 and Ch. 5.  Stombler, et al. 24.

         26 Exam.

         28 Sexual responses.  Ch. 6. 




        3-5 Spring break.

      10-12 Sexual responses, continued.  Ch. 6. 

      17-24 Sexual behaviors, normative and atypical.  Chs. 8 & 9.  Stombler, et al. 15, 16, & 18.

      26-31 The selling of sex.  Ch. 18.  Stombler, et al. 59 & 61.

         31 Exam.




        2-7 Pornography and erotica.

          9 Mini-Break.

      11-14 Sexually transmitted diseases.  Ch. 15.  Stombler, et al. 43 & 44.

      16-21 Conception and family planning.  Ch. 11.  Stombler, et al. 39.

         23 Contraception.  Ch. 10.  Stombler, et al.  42.

         28 Final Exam, 12:00-1:50.