Human Sexuality

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PSY 122

       Course Name: Human Sexuality

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality. Content includes sexual identity and effects of genetic, cultural and environmental influences on human relationships and behavior.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. The student will learn the social scientific approach to the study of human behavior.
  2. The student will understand male and female anatomy and physiology.
  3. The student will learn about the sexual response cycle.
  4. The student will explore issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation and gender role.
  5. The student will consider attraction, love, intimacy and communication.
  6. The student will learn about conception, pregnancy and childbirth
  7. The student will learn about issues related to contraception and abortion
  8. The student will understand issues as they relate to sexual dysfunction and atypical sexual variations.
  9. The student will learn about sexually transmitted disease.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Sexuality in perspective
  • Sex research
  • Sexual Anatomy
  • Sex hormones and Sexual differentiation
  • Conception, Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Contraception and abortion
  • The physiology of the sexual response
  • Sexuality and the life cycle
  • Attraction Intimacy and love
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Variations in sexual behavior
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sexually transmitted disease

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will include lecture, discussion, video, student presentations, and journaling and community service.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. This course will require that students read assigned material and be prepared for take home exams, in class quizzes and in class exams. 
  2. There will be a service learning component to the class which will require students to investigate and participate in sexual awareness programming.  A list of community agencies will be provides to assist students in becoming involved in programming outside the college.  In addition, students will be encouraged to organize awareness programs for students on campus.
  3. We will make use of a classroom response system that allows for assessment of student knowledge, attitudes and behavior.  The system provides immediate feedback for students and allows for anonymous responses.
  4. Classroom discussions will focus on student’s attitudes, behaviors and beliefs regarding human sexuality.  The material in this course is of a sensitive nature and students should be prepared to examine and discuss all aspects of human sexuality.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Welch, Kelly (2011).  Think Human Sexuality.  Allyn Bacon Publishing, NY New York.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be required to take four exams, 10 quizzes, keep a journal, and write a paper of 8-12 pages.  Participation and attendance will also be considered in the final grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.