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Expanded Course Description
This 100-level course has been designed for non-science majors fulfilling their science group-satisfying requirement. The objectives of the course are to 1) empower non-science majors with the tools that science literacy offers them to answer questions about their own health and wellness and 2) provide students with the resources to better understand human anatomy and physiology as it relates to sexual function. The course will include daily preparatory assignments that set the stage for active learning in the classroom. In addition, each student will pursue a unique topic and then design and conduct their own mini-research project, concluding with dissemination of their findings to the class.
The course will use science journalist Mary Roach's book "Bonk: the curious coupling of science and sex" as a scaffolding and beginning point for further exploration. This course will include frank, open and scientific discussions on topics that are often ignored due to culture stigma, but have a great impact on human health and wellness. Students should come prepared for lively, light-hearted, brazen, direct, scientifically accurate and interesting preparatory assignments and discussions on the anatomy and physiology of human sexual function.
This course will introduce students to the study of human anatomy and physiology, while simultaneously arming them with the tools of science literacy. These tools include critiquing the information they hear or read, identifying credible sources of information, decoding graphically represented data, developing a testable hypothesis, collecting, analyzing and presenting data, and questioning themselves and others in the pursuit of knowledge.