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Introduction to Human Sexuality

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Human Sexuality (common course-id PSY 130), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: PSY 130

General Course Description: PSY 130

This course is an introductory overview of the field of human sexuality. Human sexuality will be examined from psychological, biological, sociocultural, and historical perspectives. Students will be encouraged to become aware of their own sexual attitudes, values, and behaviors and to evaluate the consistency of their behaviors within their own moral frameworks. Current sex norms and various aspects of interpersonal and individual sexual adjustment will be explored.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: English, one level below transfer (i.e., eligibility for English composition (C-ID ENGL 100)) and reading (a course with an exiting skill of ability to read a college level text)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain sexual diversity and values of various cultures
  • Evaluate how media influences and reflects sexuality
  • Locate systematic studies of human sexuality.
  • Critique changing gender roles in today's society and the impact of these changes in intimate relationships.
  • Identify relevant features of human anatomy and physiology in the reproductive processes and the role of the brain and neurotransmitters in sexual arousal
  • Identify factors contributing to relationship satisfaction over time.
  • Identify ways couples can share responsibility for birth control.
  • Determine physiological and psychosocial factors contributing to sexual dysfunctions and identify treatment alternatives available for men and women who experience sexual difficulties.
  • Identify strategies to reduce the likelihood of contracting a sexually transmitted infections
  • Analyze psychosocial bases of rape, childhood sexual abuse, and prostitution.


  • Tests,
  • written assignments, and
  • class participation

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Boundless Gender and Sexuality
    Boundless Gender and Sexuality (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This is a chapter from a Boundless book on Psychology. There are five sections that include Introduction to Gender and... More