Journal Writing – Reaction papers Human Sexuality

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Journal Writing – Reaction papers – Human Sexuality


The reaction papers will ask you to reflect on your own sexual ideas, attitudes, opinions, criticisms and experiences, but in no case are you required to engage in any sort of sexual behavior or to disclose personal sexual information about which you are uncomfortable. The goal of the personal reflections is to encourage you to integrate psychological information about sexuality with your own ideas, opinions, questions and experiences. Here are a few suggestions: What do you think about a particular topic? Is there something in the news or something a friend has experienced that directly relates to something in class? How does it relate? Is there something that was discussed in class that you had a thought about but didn’t mention in class?  What is the practical significance or value of theories and/or research findings?  Please do not summarize the book (besides, I’ve already read the book).  The goal of your journal writing is to let me know you have thought about what you are writing. If you include personal content it will remain confidential (unless the content suggests you are in grave danger of hurting yourself or others or are abusing children or elders). Entries of a personal nature will be respected, but each student has the right and responsibility to reveal only what feels comfortable to him or her.


Six reaction papers are to be included in your journal.  Each journal entry will be worth 10 points for a total of 60 points. Instructions for two journal entries are specified at the end of this worksheet (entries 1 and 6).You may choose the topics for the other four.  Out of the 18 chapters in your text, choose four and write 1 complete page (minimum), typed, about your reaction to the material, ideas, thoughts, questions, personal experiences and/or memories associated with the chapter content.  If you respond to Ch. 7, because we have already discussed love in such detail in class, please only write about/react to material about communication


You are responsible to create a file of the journal entries and hand in your completed journal with a minimum of 6 entries (2 specified and 4 of your choosing) each on Tuesday, May 19.  You may receive an additional 10 points by writing about 1 more chapter. If for some reason you do not complete all journal entries, please be aware that the two that must be submitted are #1 and #6.  Although this is meant to be your journal comprised of your own reactions and thoughts, where applicable, make sure to use relevant concepts and theories as well information introduced in the course materials. Number each journal entry (1-6) and as applicable, note the chapter you are reflecting on.  (E.g. Journal 3 – Chapter 8).  Note on your cover page the number of journal writings and if you have included extra credit entries (e.g. Journals 1-6 or Journals 1-6 + 1 extra credit). Please just staple your journal pages together and do not use plastic or any other kind of cover. If you would like your journal back, it must be handed in with a self-addressed stamped mailing envelope.


Journal #1: When you were growing up (childhood through adolescence), what were the implicit (unspoken) or explicit (spoken) message about sex?  How did your family background/gender expectations/religious development/values/ethnicity & culture/morals contribute to your understanding about sex and your sexuality?  What were the sexual societal norms when you were growing up?  This is intended for you as a personal learning exercise.   It will not be graded, per se since it is impossible and inappropriate to evaluate another person’s sexual reflections.  You will receive points for thoughtfully completing this reflection.


Journals # 2-5:  For each of these entries, select a different chapter from your text.  Each entry should relate to themes and topics introduced in the chapter you have selected. For each chapter entry, include at least 3 key statements of information/facts, ideas, insights, questions, issues, etc.  Please bold face your 3 key points and make sure they are clearly visible.  In your entries, along with your key statements, discuss your thoughts, understanding, opinions, reactions, feelings, experiences, confusion, etc. about the statements you selected.  You are encouraged to write about how these points relate to your life outside the classroom.  Your journal is meant to be an opportunity for you to apply what you are learning to the larger context of your life. You may


Journal #6: For your last reaction paper, please address the following:  (a) Have current sexual societal norms changed since you were a child. What do you agree or disagree with about societal norms now?   Compare and contrast what you learned growing up and what you believe as an adult. (b) What has been your experience of this class (content, process, discussions)? How has your understanding of sexuality changed as a result of this class? How has this class impacted your view of yourself and your own sexuality? How has this class impacted your view of others and their sexuality? Other comments?