Sociology 123
Human Sexuality

Section 1 Spring 2013




Companion Web Site for Textbook

Lecture Notes

Internet Resources

Review Sheets
for Exams

Exam and Quiz

How to Study

Instructor's Web Site

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of human sexuality from the sociological and social psychological perspectives. Theories, perspectives, concepts, and data from the scientific field of sexuality will be presented. The major goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive and academically sound background to the scientific study of sexuality. In addition, students will gain practical information about many aspects of sexuality that will be useful for daily living and decision-making.

Required Text

Understanding Human Sexuality (Eleventh Edition) 2010 by Hyde and DeLamater.

Web Site

The web site for this course contains:

  • a copy of this syllabus
  • a link to the companion web site for the textbook maintained by the publisher with chapter summaries and outlines, on-line quizzes, and additional resources, information, and projects
  • lecture outlines (Do not use these as a substitute for coming to class and taking additional notes if you want to earn good grades on the exams.)
  • internet resources: web sites for PBS Frontline documentaries shown in class
  • review sheets for exams
  • an excel spreadsheet with exam and quiz scores as well as total points for the semester
  • suggestions to help you earn high exam and quiz scores (how to study for this course)

You can access the web site from a link on the instructor's home page listed below, or go directly to:


Exams will cover material in the text and lecture as well as information presented by guest speakers and included in videotapes and handouts. Four equally weighted objective exams will be given during the semester. Each exam will be worth 100 points. All four exams are required of all students. Failure to take all four exams will result in a failing grade for the course. Examinations will be taken on the dates and at the time scheduled.

Make-up exams will be allowed only for those students who experience serious personal illness or immediate family emergency on the date of the exam and who meet all of the following requirements.

  • Students must notify the instructor of the reason for their absence prior to the exam. Students who make false or misleading statements will receive a failing grade for the course and be referred to the Office of Community Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Students must provide written documentation of serious personal illness or immediate family emergency on the date of the exam. This written documentation must be presented within one week of the exam date.
  • If the documentation is confirmed, the make-up exam will be given during finals week (see schedule below). Students who present false or misleading documentation will receive a failing grade for the course and be referred to the Office of Community Rights and Responsibilities.

This examination policy is consistent with the university policies on class attendance and student absence notification.

Extra Credit

There will be several unannounced short answer quizzes requiring students to relate reading and lecture material to presentations by guest speakers, classroom exercises, or videotapes shown in class throughout the semester. Each quiz will be worth approximately 3 points extra credit. These extra credit quizzes are intended to provide students with a chance to earn the "benefit of the doubt" when grades are assigned at the end of the semester (in case their total number of points from exams comes out four or five points below the next higher letter grade). These extra credit opportunities are offered only to students who are seated in the classroom at the beginning of the class period. No additional extra credit work will be offered to, or accepted from, any student.


The following scale, based on 400 possible points, will be used to determine your grade for the semester. Grades are assigned at the end of the semester by adding the total points earned on the four exams plus any extra credit quizzes and then applying the grading scale below. The percentages in the table below are included only to clarify how grade levels are determined. Semester grades are not calculated by averaging individual exam scores or by percentage of total points. The grading scale will not be modified or changed for any student.


360 or more total points

90% and above


320 - 359 total points

80 - 89%


280 - 319 total points

70 - 79%


240 - 279 total points

60 - 69%


239 or less total points

59% and below


Attend class regularly.

Most students find the lecture topics, handouts, videotapes, and guest speakers to be the most interesting parts of the course. Lectures will generally not duplicate material found in the textbook. Since you will be responsible for this information on the exams, it is to your advantage to be here and take your own notes. Relying on a classmate's interpretation of the lecture material, or not having the notes at all, is likely to result in poor exam scores. In addition, the only way to earn extra credit is to be in class for the unannounced short answer quizzes.

Keep up with the reading schedule.

If you have completed the assigned reading on time you should experience the following benefits. The relevance of the lecture material will be obvious and note taking will be easier. You will be able to ask questions in class that will increase your understanding of the material. Exam scores will be higher because more information is retained by incremental reading followed by a full review prior to the exam (rather than trying to read all the material just before the test). Extra credit quiz scores will be higher because some of them will require you to relate information from the current reading and lecture material.

Don't come into the classroom late or leave early.

This is disruptive for the class and an act of disrespect to your classmates and the instructor. The introduction and summary of each day's lecture are intended to help students identify main points they will be responsible for later. Designated seats in the back of the classroom are reserved for students arriving late. Students arriving after all of the "late seats" are full will not be admitted to the classroom and will be required to meet with the instructor after class. Students that have a very good reason for leaving early should inform the instructor in advance. If a student must leave the classroom as a result of serious and unexpected circumstances, the student should give one of the T.A.s his/her name and briefly explain the reason for leaving. Students who leave the classroom will not be readmitted to the classroom. Students arriving more than 25 minutes late or leaving more than 25 minutes early will be considered absent for that class meeting.

Be engaged in the classroom interaction.

Don't assume that the instructor does not care who you are or what you do. You will be treated as an individual who has both rights and responsibilities. Feel free to ask relevant questions or share your comments when given the opportunity. If you feel that the lecture could be more interesting, it is your responsibility to tactfully bring that to the instructor's attention. Expect to be held accountable if you behave in an offensive or rude manner (sleeping, reading the Vidette, excessive or loud conversations, using your cell phone, text messaging or writing notes to classmates, using a laptop or tablet for purposes other than note-taking, frequent or extreme tardiness, leaving the classroom, etc.).

Be honest in your academic work.

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. All cases of suspected cheating, computer dishonesty, plagiarism, collusion or any other form of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Rights and Responsibilities. Although students currently enrolled in the course are encouraged to share notes and study together, receiving information or assistance from any other individuals, including students who were enrolled in the course during previous semesters, is prohibited. Lack of academic integrity is grounds for failure of the course and dismissal from the university.

Take advantage of office hours.

You are encouraged to meet with the instructor and teaching assistants whenever you have questions or if you need help preparing for exams. Be sure to bring your textbook, lecture note outlines, exam review sheets, and your own lecture notes. If you want to go over an exam or quiz you have taken, you must do so before the date of the next exam or quiz.

Reading and Exam Schedule



Preface, Chapter 1

January 16

Chapter 2

January 23

Chapter 3

January 28

Chapter 8

February 1

First Exam

February 8

Chapter 9

February 11

Chapter 10

February 18

Chapter 12

February 22

Chapter 13

February 27

Second Exam

March 6

Chapter 7

March 8

Chapter 18

March 22

Chapter 17

March 27

Chapter 14

April 3

Third Exam

April 8

Chapter 15

April 10

Chapter 16

April 15

Chapter 20

April 19


April 24

Fourth Exam

May 3

Approved Make-Up Exams

Tuesday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Contacting the Instructor

Jim Weinzierl


335 Schroeder Hall

Office Hours

12:00 -2:00 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
or by appointment

Office Phone

(309) 438-8579


Web Site

Contacting the Teaching Assistants

Max Frejlich


335 Schroeder Hall

Office Hours

3:00 - 4:00 Wednesday

Office Phone

(309) 438-8579


Reilly Jaeger


335 Schroeder Hall

Office Hours

2:00 - 3:00 Friday

Office Phone

(309) 438-8579


Lea Pintozzi


335 Schroeder Hall

Office Hours

3:00 - 4:00 Friday

Office Phone

(309) 438-8579


LaVance Walker


335 Schroeder Hall

Office Hours

3:30 - 4:30 Monday

Office Phone

(309) 438-8579


Brittany Wiggins


335 Schroeder Hall

Office Hours

2:00 - 3:30 Monday and 2:00 - 3:00 Wednesday

Office Phone

(309) 438-8579


Andy Smolski (GA)


378 Schroeder Hall

Office Hours

12:00 - 3:30 Tuesday and Thursday

Office Phone

(309) 438-8135


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