Students critically examine two of the most influential humanpursuits, namely love and sex. They learn to uncover personal,societal, religious and moral assumptions about love and sex thatunderlie beliefs, practices, policies, and institutions. Through ananalysis of select historical and contemporary philosophical writingsand of key concepts pertaining to love and sex, students examine theirown beliefs in relation to current positions, issues, cases,developments, and trends. Some say that `love makes the world goround" and `sex is the keenest of all pleasures'. But why are theseterms so difficult to define and their impact on human life sodifficult to assess? Through interactive lectures, individual andgroup research assignments students examine topics such as lust,desire, asceticism, erotic art, pornography and prostitution.
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
|General Education Electives
|This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.
|By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to identify assumptions made concerning love and sex, and to assess their impact on personal lives, societal beliefs, norms, practices and institutions.
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:
- Recognize underlying assumptions in oral and written speech acts.
- Identify personal, societal, religious and textual assumptions surrounding love and sex.
- State clearly and concisely key philosophical points from texts and lectures
- Analyze critically concepts, beliefs, norms, practices, issues, and institutions related to love and sex.
- Respond thoughtfully and respectfully to others¿ viewpoints and arguments, whether oral or written.
- Examine written and oral arguments.
- Transmit their own philosophically informed positions by constructing clear and concise arguments in oral and written format.
- Support arguments through the use of appropriate reasoning that cites relevant evidence.
- Participate cooperatively in class and group tasks and discussions of controversial sex related topics.
- Relate the material studied to current issues, controversies, and events.
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
| ||Evaluation Plan: ONLINE|
| ||Discussions (2 @ 10%)||20.0%|
| ||Research related projects (2 @ 15%)||30.0%|
| ||Tests (2 @ 25%)||50.0%|
Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor.
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not.
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class.
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized.
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor.
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
- Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
- Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
- Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
- Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
- Challenge Exam