Controversial Topics in Human Sexuality
Select a controversial topic in human sexuality of interest to you. Choose from sample list or one of your own.
Consider the individual & social implications of your issue & how it relates to sexual health & well-being.
- Provide an overview of the issue, possibly including: history, current status, social norms, populations affected, social implications, health implications, policy implications, economic factors, cultural/ethnic influences, religion, ethics, education, media coverage
- Discuss which side of the issue you favor and why, then
- Discuss the opposing viewpoint (motivations, rationale), give your evaluation of the merits of the competing philosophy
- Application of this topic in the field of public health.
FINAL PAPER: (100 points total)
Format: 3-4 pages plus references
- Introduce the topic, history, and evidence. Highlight the most important information in the field.
- The paper must cite sources using APA citation style, (Links to an external site.) where applicable
- At least four sources must be cited in the paper and then reflected on your reference sheet
- Write a well-developed article that deconstructs both sides of an issue.
- Recommend the best public health approach and back your opinion with peer-reviewed evidence.
Sample controversial topics for research paper:
- Infant male circumcision
- Female genital modification/circumcision
- Mandatory condom use in pornography
- Gender roles: Nature vs Nurture
- Legal prostitution
- Censorship of explicit erotic material
- Sexual addiction
- Sex offender registries
- Legal abortion
- Equal rights (including marriage) for LGBTQIA people
- Non-heterosexual adoptions
- Breast feeding in public
- Religion & sex (focus on a specific aspect)
- Vaccines (specific to sexuality – i.e. mandatory vaccines, HPV vaccine, HIV trials, etc…)
- Emergency contraception available to over the counter without age requirements
- Insurance coverage of contraception
- Maximum child number restrictions
- Castration of sex offenders
- Gender bias in sexual pleasure
- Comprehensive school sexuality education vs. abstinence-only education
- Impact of pornography on romantic relationships
- Insurance coverage of gender confirmation surgery
- Infidelity (always bad? Is it ever ok?)
- Are dating apps & social media contributing to risky behaviors & increased STI rates?
- HIV criminalization laws
- Other topic of your choice *must ask professor
|Length: 3-4 pages||10|
|Content: Address one sex topic. Audience target is easy to identify. Information is based on empirical evidence. Intended behavior change for the viewer/listener is evident. No more than three direct quotes.||60|
|Sources: Cite all four sources used appropriately, using APA format.||20|
|APA Reference Sheet: grammar, spelling, sentence flow, clarity, organization||10|
Some Rubric (1)
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength1-2 minutes. PSA does not go under or over.||10.0 pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContentAddress one sex topic. Audience target is easy to identify. Information is based on empirical evidence. Intended behavior change for the viewer/listener is evident.||30.0 pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQualityYour PSA is engaging and easy to watch or listen to.||10.0 pts|
|Total Points: 50.0|