Maricopa Community Colleges  PSY277   20066-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 6-27-2006

PSY277  2006 Fall - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Psychology of Human Sexuality

Survey of psychological and physiological aspects of human sexual behavior. Emphasis placed on the integration of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors in sexual functioning.

Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of Instructor. Student must be 18 years or older.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Social and Behavioral Sciences - [SB]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


PSY277  2006 Fall - 9999

Psychology of Human Sexuality



Identify significant researchers in human sexuality and describe their findings. (I)


Describe attitudes toward sexuality from the early Greeks and Romans through the Victorian age. (I)


Describe and compare the concepts of assigned gender and gender identity. (II)


Describe and discuss issues related to sexual orientation. (II)


Differentiate between typical and atypical sexual behavior. (II)


Describe the various concepts of love and identify them within relationships. (III)


Describe psychosexual development from infancy through old age. (III)


Define sexual dysfunctions and sexual disorders, and identify the various types of each. (IV)


Explain why conflict occurs in intimate relationships. (IV)


Describe the psychological effects of pregnancy for the expectant mother and family. (V)


Describe the adjustment process for the mother and father after childbirth. (V)


Explain the importance of sexual health in integrating the somatic, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects of the sexual being. (VI)


Describe the impact of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. (VI)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


PSY277  2006 Fall - 9999

Psychology of Human Sexuality


I. Psychological Perspectives

A. Studying Human Sexuality

B. History of Sexuality

C. Sexuality in Contemporary America

II. Body and Mind

A. Making of Gender

1. Sexual Structure

2. Physiology and Identity

B. Sexual Desire and Response

C. Sexual Behaviors

1. Typical

2. Atypical

III. Developing the Sexual Self

A. Love, Sex, and Attraction

B. Psychosexual Development

1. Infancy through Adolescence

2. Young Adult to Old Age

C. Gay and Lesbian Relationships

IV. Problem Solving

A. Sexual Dysfunction

B. Sex and Communications

V. Reproduction

A. Emotional Responses to Conception

B. Psychological Effects of Pregnancy

C. After Birth: Making Adjustments

VI. Health Issues

A. Sexual Health and Well-Being

B. Sexually Transmitted Diseases


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