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Chapter 1 Learning Objectives

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1. Discuss the earliest observational research in the study of human sexuality.


Textbook Reference: Sex Research Has Developed from Converging Strands, pp. 4–11


2. Describe how sexual ethics emerged from, and was influenced by, early religious teachings.


Textbook Reference: Sex Research Has Developed from Converging Strands, pp. 4–11


3. Identify the pioneers of human sexuality research and discuss their relative contributions to the field.


Textbook Reference: Sex Research Has Developed from Converging Strands, pp. 4–11


4. Discuss, with examples, the contributions of the early anthropologists to the study of human sexuality.


Textbook Reference: Sex Research Has Developed from Converging Strands, pp. 4–11


5. Explain the biomedical approach to the study of human sexuality and describe the impact this sort of research has had on people’s sex lives.


Textbook Reference: Sex Research Has Developed from Converging Strands, pp. 4–11; Sexuality Can Be Studied with a Wide Variety of Methods, pp. 12–19


6. Provide a survey of the variety of perspectives, topics of study, and scientific approaches to sex research that exist within the various branches of psychology.


Textbook Reference: Sexuality Can Be Studied with a Wide Variety of Methods, pp. 12–19


7. Describe the sociological approaches to the study of human sexuality, including the research tools often used in this area and the results of the major surveys.


Textbook Reference: Sexuality Can Be Studied with a Wide Variety of Methods, pp. 12–19


8. Identify and discuss the teachings of the major religions on the subject of acceptable and unacceptable sexual behavior.


Textbook Reference: Religions Offer Diverse Teachings on Sexuality, pp. 19–23


9. Provide an overview of the state of sexual health education in the U.S, including a comparison with sexual health education in Canada.


Textbook Reference: Sex Education Faces Significant Obstacles, pp. 23–26


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