Curriculum for the PhD in Human Sexuality
HUMAN SEXUALITY - HYBRID PROGRAM
This doctoral program is hybrid, involving intensive face-to-face meetings in a traditional classroom setting, with online activities in-between. It has been designed to meet the needs of working professionals who have full-time positions and/or practice in their own communities.
The 36 units of courses required in Year 1 and Year 2 are thus set-up to meet a stringent requirement that the majority of scholarly inquiry and learning is in face-to-face actual classrooms, and the minority of work is online. The program is also built around a cohort experience of active learning and teaching among peers who enter at the same time and proceed through a common core of required seminars and elective courses.
Each year for the first two years of residency, students will meet in San Francisco at CIIS with faculty six times per academic year. In the Autumn Semester of Year 1, the cohort kicks off with an intensive retreat in August for four days (Thursday-Sunday), followed by a 3-day weekend in late September, and another 3-day weekend in late October. In the Spring Semester, the cohort begins in late January with a 3-day weekend, followed by a 3-day weekend in early March, and a final 3-day weekend in April. Online activity is continuous between these meetings.
The second year has a similar plan, opening with an August retreat, wherein second year students do presentations for first year students, with the new cohort forming around its own separate learning experiences. This is followed as in year one with two intensive weekend meetings. Likewise, the spring semester has three long weekend meetings.
Students then move on to individual study for their comprehensive exams, followed by research and dissertation work, most of which may be conducted at a distance.
DATES OF PLANNED MEETINGS (SAN FRANCISCO) 2014-15
RETREAT--Aug. 27-28-29-30-31 (Wed-Sun; Wed. late arrival, dinner together)
WEEKEND--September 26-27-28 Fri-Sat-Sun (Year 1, mini-conference with Natl. Advisory Committee)
WEEKEND--October 31, and November 1-2 Fri-Sat-Sun
WEEKEND--January 23-24-25 Fri-Sat-Sun
WEEKEND--March 6-7-8 Fri-Sat-Sun
WEEKEND--April 3-4-5 Fri-Sat-Sun
The PhD in Human Sexuality requires 36 semester units, 18 units or equivalent each year, for two years. The required units are spread across three types of courses: core required courses, concentration required courses, and electives.
The group of fourteen core required courses listed below are for the program as a whole; each student’s concentration in the program will determine which of these courses will be needed to complete the program according to the student’s specialization. One of the innovative features of this curriculum is the unique nature of its cohort experience, enabling students to learn from and teach each other, and create long-term professional networks to facilitate their professional development and success in the field.
The focus in Year 1 is to build the cohort experience, lay down an intersectional foundation of knowledge, concepts, theory, and methodology, emphasizing diversity of all kinds. The first year aims to advance professional development through awareness of the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality, its intellectual history, primary scientific societies and organizations, controversies, and contemporary public and private concerns in relation to each concentration.
All students will be required to take core-required courses in Year 1, including a foundational course that involves writing a major scholarly paper, the core of which may serve as the student’s dissertation research. In the second semester, students further develop their expertise and express this in a major integrative paper reflecting what they learn in specialized courses. Each of the two cohorts (clinical, policy) will be required to develop a critical perspective on the policy and/or clinical implications of their chosen line of study. The two cohorts will critique each other’s work through an appropriate rubric so that the strengths of each, including distinct approaches and evidence, are brought to bear on the final products. This also will serve to foreground the dual focus of the program as a generative nexus of new thinking and thought leadership, rather than as a “problem.”
The focus in Year 2 is to allow for concentration and specialization, including clinical case conference under supervision for clinical practice students, and specified internships in policy and leadership settings and organizations for sexuality policy students. The focus in Year 3 is qualifying exams and preparation of a dissertation proposal. The focus of Year 4 is the dissertation and completion of the original research project and its entailments.
There is a mixture of traditional face-to-face classroom courses and hybrid courses, with a small number of online courses. All required courses are traditional classroom or hybrid in nature, beginning with the foundational seminar in Year 1, semester 1. Spring semester, Year 1, and after, each concentration has specific required courses.
The Clinical Practice concentration requires a clinical methodology course, and the two-sequence (6 units total) proseminar in clinical practice to provide mentoring and case supervision. The Sexuality Policy Leadership concentration requires a policy methodology course, and an internship (6 units total). The internships can be at local, state, regional, national, or even global organizations, such as the LGBTQ centers of San Francisco or Los Angeles, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in New York, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood, Latino Health Network, Reproductive Equity, or many others. Electives will be based upon the unique needs and interests of each student, and upon advisement.