PSY 230 Human Sexuality – Spring 2018

12:30-3:00 pm Room 125

Lucy L Jones, PhD
Pālamanui - Kaliko 151

Office Hours Monday 9-12 and by appointment


Required Textbook: Human Sexuality in a Changing World (10th edition) by Rathus, Nevid and Fichner-Rathus (Prentice Hall) ISBN-13: 978-0134525075

Supplemental Materials: Handouts, Internet, magazine and/or newspaper articles, DVDs/videos, guest speakers, possible field trip.

Prerequisites: ENG 21 or ESL 21 or placement in ENG 102; and ENG 22 or (ESL 22G and ESL 22W) or placement in ENG 100.

General Education Learning Outcomes:

Course Objectives: 

Š      Students will increase their openness, awareness and knowledge of the diversity of gender roles, sexual attitudes, sexual behaviors and customs that exist within our pluralistic society.

Š      Students will learn to think critically about sexually related issues.

Š      Students will be able to formulate responsible sexual decisions

Š      Students will become aware of issues related to sexual health and well-being.

Course Requirements: 

I want you to use Laulima, our online program, to turn in your written work. Handwritten work will not be accepted. Please check there regularly for any announcements between classes and sometimes to pick up your assignment if you miss class. Go to your UH Portal, and on the bottom at the far right is the logo for Laulima. You can sign in using your school ID and password. In class, I will explain how to use this most effectively. If you have no computer at home, please use either the school library or the computer lab for your work. Our aim is to save paper and to make it easier for you to complete the assignments. Hand written assignments will not be accepted (unless I request otherwise). This class will require dependable Internet access, and minimal technical skills. You must have a broadband connection (no dial-up), and MS Word (not MS Works) or PDF reader. Safari (for Mac) is not adequate for this work, so please download Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser. Please allow extra time for cyber glitches, and don’t wait until the last minute to turn in your work.

You are to use Turnitin with certain papers. The class ID is 16658835 and the password is “psy230” (without the quotation marks).

Quizzes and exams:
By reading your weekly papers, observing your class presentations, participation and discussions, I will know what you are learning in this course. I reserve the right to have a quiz periodically in order to augment my evaluation of your knowledge and understanding of the basics of psychology.

Students With Verified Disabilities:
If you have a disability with verification on file at our Office of Students with Disabilities, please let me know if you think you will need accommodation. I will be glad to provide accommodations as needed. If you wish, I will be glad to discuss it with you and with your Disabled Students’ Office.

Student Conduct Code
Our college has a Student Conduct Code that defines expected conduct and specifies those acts subject to University sanctions. You will find it in the latest school catalog. You are to be familiar with this code.

Computers and Cell Phones
There are times when having a way to look up something on the Internet is valuable. I do not object to having them in the room as long as they are used only for classwork. Other than that, this classroom is a “no text” zone.

Concluding Summary:
At the end of the semester, please write a brief paragraph summary of what you learned over the course of the semester that will benefit you in your personal and/or professional life. A class has no meaning unless it can be of some value other than merely a grade or three credits.

Quality of Work:
The points you receive are not automatic. For example, if an assignment is worth 20 points, that means you can earn UP TO 20 points. I will take the quality of your work into consideration. (See the rubrics for assignments.) In other words, a quality assignment may not be just one or two lines. You will receive 10 points for on-time work, and a zero for work turned in late.

Like a regular job, if you miss too much work you would be dismissed, so it is with this class. Because this is a double session class meeting once a week, you will be required to choose between withdrawal, extensive make-up work, or a failing grade if you have three absences or more. I will deduct points from your total for excessive absences without a valid excuse. If you cannot be in class, please email me or call so I know you haven’t dropped the class. I realize this is very subjective, but there needs to be some incentive to be here and to take part in class discussions.

Attitude and class participation go a long way toward your learning and your grade. As I have already stated, excessive absences will result in a lower grade. The most effective way to learn and grow is to bring information, ideas, and inspiration to the rest of the class. You will also be expected to do quite a bit of your own research on the Internet, an excellent tool for growth.

Also, the 20 points for your participation in each class meeting are not automatic. If you are in the class, you are expected to participate to the best of your ability. If you are not in the class, it is an automatic 0 points unless you have a valid reason for not attending that class, or if I have had to cancel for some reason.

MySuccess Program: At Hawai`i Community College we want every student to be successful.  The MySuccess program is a UHCC system-wide effort that seeks to support students early in the semester when they first begin experiencing difficulty in a class.  If I feel you are having difficulty in my class (ex. missing class, missing assignments, and low test scores) I may refer you to Support Services   Once referred, your counselor will follow up with you by phone or email to find out what kinds of help you might need, connect you with the necessary resources, and to help you develop a strategy for success.  You may find your Support Network in the MySuccess tab on your MyUH  page, or the MySuccess  tab linked to this course in Laulima.


There are 3 criteria for a Referral:

1.     Student must be demonstrating a pattern of behavior.

2.     The instructor has made attempts to address the behavior and/or academic concerns, but attempts have been unsuccessful or the student is not getting enough support.

3.     The student should need additional support, outside of what is provided in the classroom.


How to Contact me: You may either use “Messages” (see link on left in Laulima), or email ( My Office number is 808-969-8849 where you can leave a message. You can also leave a text on my cell phone (808-937-4131) but it doesn’t work for talking at home. Be sure to let me know who you are and which class you are taking.


At the end of the semester, you will be given the opportunity to evaluate the course and instructor. I am giving a 10 point incentive if you let me know you have completed the survey. This can be a screen shot, or copy of the completion. I don’t need to know how you answered the evaluation, just that you did it.

This course is based on 16 modules (one for each week). Each module will consist of at least three categories:

When you give your Final Presentation, this will be included in the module for that week. The last week of school, the module will include your Semester Summary. 

Grades: At the end of each week, you will be able to check the Gradebook on Laulima to see where you stand. Anyone more than two weeks behind needs to talk with me ASAP.


PSY 275W RUBRIC: Assignments, Weekly Reflections, Final Presentation, Semester Reflection, Attendance/Participation



 Excellent (A)

 Good (B)

 Adequate (C)

 Inadequate (D)

 No Credit




Insightful & complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, & punctuation. Overall excellence (20)


Complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, & punctuation (18)


Adequate length, correct grammar, spelling, & punctuation (16)


Inadequate length; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation (12)


Late submission or not published by the due date (0)



Weekly Reflections

Thoughtful & provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence (10)


Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (9)


Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (8)


Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation (7)


Late submission or not published by the due date (0)



Final Presentation

Creative & provocative presentation; excellent Integration of topic and presentation. Overall excellence (35)



Creative presentation. Good integration of team topic, and individual presentation (30)


Adequate Integration of team topic, and individual presentation (25)


Inadequate integration of team topic, and poor individual presentation (15)


Not presented by the due date (0)



Semester Reflection


Thoughtful & provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence (20)


Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (18)


Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (16)


Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation (12)


Late submission or not published by the due date (0)



Attendance/ participation


Appropriate and provocative class discussion; involvement; Insightful comments; regular participation & attendance (10)



Appropriate class discussion; thoughtful comments; Involvement; regular participation & attendance (9)


Appropriate class discussion & comments; Some involvement; regular attendance (8)


Few comments or involvement; regular or excused attendance (7)


No involvement or participation; irregular or unexcused attendance (0)

Each Module Grade is based on the following:

Weekly reflection paper = up to 10 points

Written assignments = up to 20 points

Attendance = 20 points

Participation = 20 points

On time work = 10 points


Plus these extras:

Final Presentation = up to 40 points

eCAFE = 10 points

Semester Reflection = up to 20 points

Semester Grades

90%-100% = A

80% - 89% = B

70% - 79% = C

60% - 69% = D

up to 59%  = F



This may change by the time class begins and as the syllabus becomes more complete.

Module 1

January 10 – Chapter 1 “What is Human Sexuality?” and Research Methods


Module 2

January 17 – Chapters 2 and 3 “Male and Female Anatomy and Physiology”


Module 3

January 24 – Chapter 4 “Gender: Identity, Roles, Differences”


Module 4

January 31 – Chapter 5 “Sexual Orientation”


Module 5

February 7 - Chapter 9 “Conception, Pregnancy and Childbirth”


Module 6

February 14– Chapter 6 “Attraction and Love”

Chapter 8 “Relationships and Communication”


Module 7

February 21 – Chapter 7 “Sexual Response and Sexual Behavior”


Module 8

February 28 – Chapter 10 “Contraception and Abortion”


Module 9

March 7 – Chapter 14 “Atypical Sexual Variations”

Chapter 15  “Sexual Coercion”


Module 10

March 14 – Chapter 11 “Sexuality Through the Lifespan”

Module 11

March 21 – Chapter 13 “Sexually Transmitted Infections”



Module 12

April 4 – Chapter 16 “Selling Sex”


Module 13

April 11 – Chapter 12 “Sexual Problems and Solutions”


Module 14

April 18 – MOVIE


Module 15

April 25 – Presentations


Finals Week – If necessary for presentations not completed on April 25.