University of New York, Tirana

Syllabus in Human Sexuality from the Natural Science Perspective ,

Lecturer: Elona Gjebrea, Ph.D.

Office:4th floor at the main building of UNYT

Phone:4223056/7/8 E-Mail:

Office Hours: Monday, Friday, 9-11.00 by appointment UNYT webpage :
Lecture hours: Wednesday, 10.00-13.00

Catalog Description

This course explores the sexuality from Biological, Physiological, and Health aspects of HumanSexuality.ExaminingthemultipleaspectsofHumanSexualitywillhelpstudents to understand their own sexuality and that of others. This course will also provide the basis for enriching their relationships. It also emphasizes the issues in sexual education. The use of research methods in the discipline of human sexuality will also be elaborated.

Course Purpose
The goals of this course are:

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To increase awareness on human sexual anatomy and physiology Tohelpstudentstogainabetterunderstandingofissuesofhealthwhicharerelated to the human sexuality
To support and open and honest communication on sexuality issues
To increase awareness on sexual orientation, gender, sexual diseases and dysfunction To create debate on issues related to sexuality education in schools

To help students to understand the methods scientists in the field of human sexuality use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis;

To help students on the use of application of scientific data, concepts, and models in the field of human sexuality as part of the natural sciences.

Textbook required: Sexuality now/embracing diversity- Janell L. Carroll, Thompson, 2007

This trusted text successfully balances physiological, biological, and health aspects of human sexuality, integrating the latest research findings and providing a variety of tools to help students engage personally with core concepts. The author’s balanced approach is evident in his ability to present various sides of controversial topics in a neutral voice, supported by sound research yet expressed in a lively and applied manner. The new ninth edition features a streamlined format, updated and reorganized content, several new figures and illustrations, and an increased emphasis on real student voices. Related volumes of interest include Annual Editions: Human Sexuality and Taking Sides: Clashing views on controversial issues on Human Sexuality


Suggested readings:
Biology Peter H.Raven& GeorgeB.Johnson ( 2007)
Human Biology,Mike Boyle& Kathryn Senior ( 2002)
An invitation to health, Dianne Hales, third edition, 2004, Thompson
Bordo,S ( 2000) The male body, New York, Farrar
Tannen, Deborah (2001) You just don’t understand:Women and men in conversation, New York, Quill
Brown, N.M & Amatea ( 2000) Love and intimate relationships: Journeys of the heart. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel
Emmers- Sommer,T.M& Allen, M ( 2005) Safer sex in personal relationships/HIV infection.Mahwah,NJ: Erlbaum
Family planning- A global handbook for providers-USAID at the library of UNUT) Medical and service delivery guidelines for sexual and reproductive health services ( IPPF- 2004)
Stine,G.L ( 2005) Aids update: An annual overview of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.San Francisco,CA: Benjamin Cummings

Course Objectives:

– To understand human sexuality from multicultural perspectives
– To understand human sexual anatomy and physiology, arousal and response,

conception and contraception
– To identify various parts of their sexual anatomy and be aware of how these parts

– To understand the relationship between health and sexuality issues such as sexually

transmitted diseased, HIV/Aids etc
– To understand the sexuality in the context of communication and relationships

Content of the Course:
The following chapters are selected:

 Chapter 1: Exploring and understanding human sexuality: Theory and Research, the history of human sexuality

  •   Chapter 2:
  •   Chapter 3:
  •   Chapter 4:

Male Anatomy and Physiology

Female Anatomy and Physiology Sexual arousal and response

  •   Chapter 5:
  •   Chapter 6:
  •   Chapter7: Reproduction, Reproductive Technology and Birthing-

research methods

Sexuality Through the Life Cycle and sexual orientation Conception and child birth

  •   Chapter 8:
  •   Chapter 9:
  •   Chapter 10:
  •   Chapter 11:
  •   Chapter 12: Sexual dysfunctions and their treatment
  •   Chapter 13 : Love, Intimacy and Sex

Decision Making about Pregnancy and Parenthood, Abortion Sexuality, communication and relationships
The Spectrum of Human Sexual Behavior
Issues in sexuality education

  •   Chapter 14: Sexuality and Health: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Other Physical Problems
  •   Chapter15: The HIV/AIDS crisis and sexual decisions. Sexual dysfunctions and their treatmentCourse Requirements
    Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Expect your instructor to keep track of how often you contribute to class discussion (as a whole), particularly during the panel discussion section. You may miss up to three classes without penalty – your first two absences count whether you have a good excuse or not. Each absence beyond the first three will cost you points off of your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are

severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. In general: this class is intensive and interactive. Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students are reminded not to approach the instructor for copies of the previous week’s materials during immediately before, during, or immediately after class. Students are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor during consultation hours.

Exams: Two examinations will be taken, one (mid term) and a final exam covering all course content during the final examination period. Test format may combine a mixture of short answer, true/false, matching, sort answer, and one or two essay questions covering all readings, lecture, hand-out and class discussion content.

An activity paper (will be carried out before mid term exam). Guidelines for activity papers will be distributed to the class in a appropriate moment.

3. ACTIVITY PAPERS (2 x 10% each)

Because sexuality is such an intimate and personal issue in our lives we need to move beyond the sole enlightenment and development of our intellectual knowledge (although, a noble quest in its own right) and flex our emotional awareness as well. These activity papers have been designed to put us in closer touch with our sexual feelings and comfort with sexuality in general.

You are required to complete TWO (2) activity papers. Each paper is worth 10%, for a total of 20% of your final course grade. Each paper should be two, double spaced, typed page and include your personal reflections on the 2 topics ( it will be distributed to you in the next class) you chose to complete. Your personal reflections should include: (1)

a very brief description of the encounter, (2) your personal feelings at the start, (3) your personal feelings after the encounter, and (4) what you felt you gained (or didn’t gain) from the experience.
Please remember that under no circumstances should you participate in any activity (or share any

personal information as a result of an activity) that you do not feel comfortable doing. These papers are not meant to be overwhelming tasks or emotional burdens. The ability to engage in some brief personal exploration may help clarify your personal values or attitudes with respect to sexuality. These are important skills to start developing in ourselves. Our sexuality involves more than our brains. Make sure you choose activities that are right for you.

Rules for Discussion

Because of the sensitive and emotionally-charged nature of some of the topics we will be discussing, a set of rules for classroom discussion should be considered as below:

1. Any information shared in this class is confidential. Although you may share ideas and experiences outside of class, no information referring to personal identities should be disclosed.

2. If a student is unwilling or unable to participate in a discussion of a particular topic for personal reasons, the student has the right to “pass” with no questions asked. Class members are expected to respect this right.

General Requirements

Absence from tests will not be tolerated.
In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE, or ask your instructor for clarification.
Criteria for Determination of Grade, including Evaluation Methods



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Letter Grade

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Generally Accepted Meaning



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Good work, distinctly above average







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Work that is significantly below average







Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course

Technology Expectations: Power-point, excel, graphical displays etc. will be used during the lectures hours.