PhD in Human Sexuality-36 units
The curriculum for the PhD in Human Sexuality requires 36 semester units, 18 units or the equivalent each year for two years. Please note, some courses may change.

Course Descriptions

HSX  6828 Sexuality, Spirituality, and Religion: Humanistic, Clinical, and Policy Implications (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option - Rotating Elective
This foundational course analyzes the theories, methods, and discourses related to the intersection between the great worldly religions and human sexuality across history, culture, and personal experience. In particular, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism will be compared and contrasted in historical and cultural context by virtue of their similarities and differences regarding sexual attitudes and practices.  By focusing on the culture, context, policies, and reproduction of the influence of these institutions on sexual values and attitudes, insight is gained into the intersection between faith communities and sexual literacy globally and in the United States. The course also examines the historical role of spirituality in the formation of sexuality, and provides understanding of how sexuality and spirituality intersect in the life course and emotional life of individuals.  Finally, the seminar provides critical perspective on how issues of faith, spirituality, and institutional religion have influenced cultural development, tolerance, social justice, and secular changes in societal policies.

HSX  6900 Dissertation Proposal Completion  (0 Units) PF Grade Option
Provides support for dissertation proposal writing and after all coursework and research colloquia are completed. Prerequisite: HSX student; HSX 9600; Not advanced to candidacy

HSX  7170 Introduction to Human Sexuality: Theory, Research, and Knowledge (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
This course offers an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality and sexual literacy. It reviews theoretical, methodological, epistemological, historical, clinical, policy, and public health areas of knowledge in understanding the spectrum of sexual meanings and practices across time and space. The course also examines social and cultural theories of sexuality in the context of historical, pscyhological, media, and public health social changes in Western society since the time of the American Revolution, with emphasis upon changes that have occurred since 1960. Additionally, major paradigmatic thinkers are contrasted in relation to sexual essentialism versus social constructionism. We will look at how changes in society, the self, the state, public health, the media, and science in the 19th and 20th centuries led to fixations and controversies surrounding medicalized sexuality and the disease model of sex, followed later by the social construction of sexuality. Course goals are: (1) mastering a body of scholarly knowledge, (2) becoming aware of the range or spectrum of sexuality across cultures and human development, (3) applying clinical and policy skills to understanding human sexual development, and (4) helping to support and transform the role of sexual literacy in society. Prerequisite: HSX student

HSX  7175 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Research, Policy, Society, and Self-Awareness (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
This course is a research-based state-of-the-art analysis of theoretical, methodological, clinical, policy, and sexual literacy aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity development and expression. Sexual orientation is the structure of a person's sexual and/or romantic attractions in people of the same or opposite sex, or toward both sexes, while gender identity is a person's basic sense of being a man or boy, a woman or girl, or another gender (e.g., transgender, bigender, or gender queer-a rejection of the traditional binary classification of gender). Researchers have found that there is a spectrum of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in the United States and across cultures, including homosexual or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. Also considered is the cultural and historical range of sexual orientation and gender identity. Attention is devoted to the theories, causes, contexts, and expressions of diverse sexualities and sexual fluidity. Policy and clinical processes related to being open and out; forming a family or family of choice; and dealing with issues of discrimination, stigma, homophobia, sexual and gender conforming and nonconforming behaviors, across the life course, will also be examined as they impact on society, the law, self-awareness, and interpersonal and social relations. Prerequisite: HSX student

HSX  7180 Sexual Development Across the Life Course  (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
This is an advanced and comprehensive advanced exploration of sexuality across the life-course focusing on interdisciplinary research in social, cultural, and psychological context. The course is designed to provide knowledge and skills sets in the basic areas of theory, methodology, clinical practice and social policy as they pertain to sexuality in childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later life. Integrative transformative experience builds upon infant and childhood sexuality; childhood sexuality, curiosity, masturbation, and play; childhood sexual abuse; adolescent sexual development; adult romantic and sexual relationships; adolescent sexual identity development, mainstream and LGBTQ; STIs and adolescent sexual risk; adult sexual development including couple and family formation, aging, sexual function and dysfunction, and optimal sexual well-being in later life.

HSX  7193 Caring for the Sexual Body: STIs - Research, Treatment, and Policy (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
This course is an advanced evidence-based survey of sexually transmitted infection and diseases in human sexuality, culture, and societal policy. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and parasites. STIs are easy to acquire and relatively easy to prevent, manage, and treat. However, sexual illiteracy and structural factors including poverty, racism, and homophobia in young people, adults, and seniors continue to pose individual and structural challenges to effective education, treatment, prevention, and the role of STI stigma in the formation of global sexuality, public health, and human rights. The course is aimed to equip and prepare students to engage in clinical counseling, policy analysis, and policy formulation, and to engage in creative inquiry into the global crisis of sexually transmitted diseases.

HSX  Community Based Participatory Action Research: A Case Study in Sexual Social Justice (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
This advanced course will examine how Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) is practiced in an actual research study that is developing an MSM Sexual Health Theory. We will use this research agenda as a case study to concretely examine 1) constructs from various disciplines, including: Anthropology (e.g. structural vulnerabilities), Psychology (psychological distress and well-being), Policy (e.g. criminalization of homosexuality, gay marriage), and Public Health (e.g., STIs, including HIV) and others; 2) methods, including: ecological, qualitative and quantitative; and 3) frameworks, such as Socioecological Models, Community Systems Strengthening, and Health Systems Strengthening are used in to inform theory building. During this course, students will be given access to research materials that have been used throughout this study as templates for developing different aspects of their own methods, design, analysis and theory building. The overarching aim of this course is to illustrate how research and theory building enhances relevance and applicability of findings when conducted within a CBPAR approach. This is a hybrid course that will meet virtually (synchronously) on Canvas on a weekly basis as well as during three weekend Academic Residencies face to face.

HSX  Scholarly Lenses: Global Sexual Rights (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
This seminar is the central occasion for reading and sustained discussion of scholarly books that explore the complexities of intellectual and real-world social justice issues in human sexuality from divergent perspectives and methodologies. Using a dialectical framework, students will read, critique and analyze two to four books that provide in depth treatise of contemporary HSX themes. At least one book will be from a country out of the United States. This course aims to equip students with skills in deep critical thinking. There is no lecturing in this seminar; the professor will facilitate the conversation and advance critical thinking around key themes.  The authors of the selected books will have been engaging in deep exploration of their respective ideas and in this seminar we have the privilege of participating in that exploration.  With its shared inquiry and far-ranging conversation, the seminar will allow for a particularly powerful encounter with these authors' books and the vital questions they raise for us as advocates of human sexuality social justice. It also anchors, enlivens, and thoughtfully brings together the work of the curriculum as a whole. This is a hybrid course that will meet virtually (synchronously) on Canvas on a weekly basis as well as during three weekend Academic Residencies face to face.

HSX  7264Mixed Methods in Sex Research  (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
This course provides an advanced overview of social and behavioral science research methods within the field of human sexuality, from qualitative to quantitative and "mixed" method approaches that combine diverse techniques. Through examination and discussion of existing work related to sexuality, you will learn how to interpret, critique, and employ various research methods/methodologies in your own studies and also learn how to become a critical practitioner of sex research. You will have an opportunity to practice some methodologies and contrast these with traditional and more innovative methodologies, such as participatory action research. Research ethics and the principles of an institutional review board (IRB) will be explored to support your own dissertation research. Prerequisite: HSX student

HSX  7268 Women's Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option - Rotating Elective
Beginning with the founding of second-wave feminism in the 1960s and through Roe vs. Wade, right up to the present day, this advanced seminar reviews the theories, methods, findings, policies, and controversies surrounding women's sexuality and reproductive rights and health in the United States. Historical review of knowledge, laws, policies, and individual expressions in relation to contraceptive use in the United States from the Comstock Law (1873). Focusing on the current state of sexuality in adolescent, adult, and midlife, the course also considers developmental and societal consequences of cultural barriers to full acceptance of women's sexuality in all cultural domains. Of particular concern are women's individual and group rights as supported by current research knowledge and challenges to these in local, state, federal and global policies. The seminar also reviews current theoretical understanding of how some of these issues are being played out in the Global South.

HSX  7278 Gender and Society  (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option
Gender is a vital component of human sexuality. This course will explore ideas of gender, including femininity, masculinity, gender fluidity, transgender, and gender-nonconformance. Examining the complex and variable relationships between sex and gender within individuals and throughout society, students will explore the tensions between feminism, masculine reinvention, transgender and transsexualism, and the social implications and changes that each of these social movements has contributed to our understanding of human sexuality and gender.  A review of clinical standards of care for medical gender transitions, and their legal and social ramifications, reflects the social evolution of gender variance. The history and impact of the transgender movement on global and local social justice concerns will also be covered. Prerequisite: HSX student

HSX  7830 Proseminar in Sexuality and Clinical Practice (Sequence 1) (3.00 Units) PF Grade Option
This advanced clinical proseminar is designed to help licensed, experienced marriage and family therapists, counselors, psychologists, sexologists, and other professionals deepen their sexual literacy knowledge and skill sets in dealing with a large range of sexual, gender, relational, identity, mental health, family formation, and related challenges. The instructor, a widely respected and experienced therapist in long-time practice in the Bay Area, provides guidance, mentoring, and feedback, and helps facilitate the discussion of delivery of culturally competent practices. In addition, theory and methodology are directed to understanding communication and self-awareness in the clinical encounter, including how to support emotional literacy in the client. Attention is also directed to treatment of sexual functioning and dysfunction. Topical themes vary by semester, but intimacy; relationship integrity; sexual expressions across the spectrum of human development; LGBTQ identities and expression among children, adolescents, and adults; and aspects of sexual coercion, abuse, and the paraphilias are all considered. Also considered in depth are issues of erotic and sexual transference and treatment. Prerequisite: HSX student

HSX  7831 Proseminar in Sexuality and Clinical Practice (Sequence 2) (3.00 Units) PF Grade Option
Continuation of HSX 7830. Prerequisite: HSX student; HSX 7830

HSX  7900 Dissertation Seminar  (0 Units) PF Grade Option
The student's research and writing of a dissertation progresses with the mentorship of, and in close consultation with, his or her dissertation chair and committee. Prerequisite: HSX student; Advanced to candidacy

HSX  8799 Independent Study  ( 1.00 - 3.00 Units) PF Grade Option
To register, submit "Independent Study Contract" to Registrar's Office. With permission of their advisor, students may take up to 6 units of Independent Studies courses. These may be particularly useful to a doctoral student who is considering a topic of special interest or who needs a particular advanced research methods course pertinent to the dissertation. They may serve any student who wishes to study with a particular faculty member (perhaps as part of a Women's Spirituality Journey). Online registration not possible.

HSX  9600 Mastery of the Field - General Comprehensive Examination (0 Unit) LG Grade Option
Comprehensive examinations are designed to gauge a broad and deep competency of theoretical and practical frameworks, while explicitly preparing the student for formation of a dissertation proposal and subsequent successful completion of a dissertation, with special focus on the literature review and the methodology to be employed for the dissertation. The literature review must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of intended research. The methodology must explain why the particular methods were selected, where it is situated in the broad spectrum of available methodologies, and what its limitations are known to be or likely to be. Prerequisite: HSX student



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