CYW376 - Human Sexuality

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Subject Title
Human Sexuality

Subject Description
The study of human sexuality and gender identity is an important learning experience for any student entering the human service profession. This subject will study the variety of ways in which sexuality and/or gender can have an impact on people?s lives. The subject material will acquaint the student with the knowledge and understanding of this area necessary to present to clients in the field. Students will learn to recognize age related norms and be able to apply these observations to programming techniques. They will also become familiar with the teaching techniques necessary in this area for all age groups to educate and facilitate discussions about sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression.

Credit Status
one credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an awareness of the comlexity of the concept of human sexuality and gender identify and be able to identify their various elements.

2. Identify and discuss relevant theory and research related to human sexuality and gender identify.

3. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of personal and societal values and attitudes as well as an acceptance of alternate value systems in others.

4. Identify and discuss cross-cultural variations in regards to sexuality and gender identity and the degree to which it is influenced by socio-cultural factors.

5. Define sexual values and gender norms and discuss their function in regards to self-identity and selection of mate(s).\

6. Identify and discuss human sexual anatomy and physiology using terminology appropriate for children and adolescents.

7. Describe childhood/adolescent sexual behaviour and development.

8. Describe the development of childhood/adolescent gender expression and identity.

9. Id4entify and discuss the historical and social perspectives on contraceptives, while outlining the various options available today.

10. Discuss the most common forms of sexuality transmitted infections making specific reference to what causes the infection, incidence and transmission, symptoms and comlications, and available treatment options.

11. Demonstrate an ability to facilitate discussions and/or educational exercises with children and adolescents regarding the material covered in this course.

12. Demonstrate an awareness of services focused on sexuality and gender identify, and an understanding of what makes services more accessible (e.g. youth-positive, sex-positive).

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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