Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

GWST 180 - Human Sexuality

Credits: 5
LEC hours per week: 5
Study of sexual facts, attitudes, morals, and behavior. Examination of how society impacts our sexual values and behavior, as well as exploration of diverse experiences of others. Course will cover basic biology, as well as a focus on psychosocial issues related to and impacting sexual behaviors. Course for adults–lectures and films may contain explicit language, nudity, and graphic material. Student may not earn credit for both PSYC& 180  and GWST 180. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Formerly: WST 113.
Prerequisite(s): Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 097 . Student cannot obtain credit for both GWST 180 and PSYC& 180  
Recommended: READ 088  or higher.
Course Outcomes:
  • Define and explain psychological and physiological terminology related to human sexuality.
  • Appraise the value and validity of research and historical perspectives in human sexuality.
  • Explain the factors related to individual differences in expressions of human sexuality.
  • Examine healthy interpersonal dynamics and decision-making related to human sexuality.
  • Compare expectations and norms about human sexuality from diverse cultural perspectives.
Course Topics:
  1. History and research in sexuality
  2. Communication
  3. Gender
  4. Sexual anatomy and physiology
  5. Love and intimacy
  6. Lifespan perspective on sexuality
  7. Sexual arousal and response
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Contraception
  10. Conception, pregnancy and birth
  11. Sexual difficulties and differences
  12. Sexually transmitted infections
  13. Sexual coercion
  14. Pornography and the sale of sexual acts or images
Course Attribute(s): Diversity, Social Science