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Human Sexuality: The Basics

Author(s): Gordon Edlin, PhD, Professor of Genetics Emeritus, University of California, Davis, California
Eric Golanty, PhD, Las Positas College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763736521
  • ISBN-10:076373652X
  • Paperback    256 pages      © 2012
Price: $94.95 US List
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Human Sexuality: The Basics presents the core information underlying the vast subject of human sexuality in a concise, no-frills manner that is easy for students to read and comprehend. Not only is this text half the cost and size of other human sexuality texts on the market, it is unique in that it has a chapter on the genetics and inheritance of sexual anatomy, sexual development, and sexual abnormalities. Emphasis on the biological basis of sexuality provides students with a structure to understand the important aspects of sexuality presented in other chapters. This approach also provides the basis for encouraging tolerance, acceptance, and understanding of different sexual preferences and behaviors.
Critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter along with learning objectives, summaries, and definitions of terms, facilitate learning by students. The goal of this text is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enable them to understand and to express their sexuality in healthy and enjoyable ways at all stages of life.

Instructor Resources: PowerPoint Presentations, TestBank, Instructor’s Manual

Student Resources: Companion Website - Flashcards, Crossword Puzzles, Interactive Glossary, Practice Quizzes, and Web Links

Features & Benefits

  • Dear Penelope letters answer questions and lend advice about relationships, sexuality, and sexual health
  • Healthy Sexuality boxes provide more in-depth coverage of topics addressed in the chapter. Examples include contraceptive availability, sexually transmitted infections, and anti-aging hormones
  • Critical Thinking About Sexuality boxes ask questions related to content covered in the chapter and require the reader to go beyond the information presented to draw a more meaningful use of the content
  • Recommended Resources at the end of each chapter allow students to further explore topics of interest
  • Chapter 7 on the genetics and inheritance of sexual anatomy, sexual development, and sexual abnormalities thoroughly discusses topics that are often overlooked in human sexuality courses
Chapter  1  Introduction to the Study of Sex and Sexuality
Chapter  2  Male Sexual Biology
Chapter  3  Female Sexual Biology
Chapter  4  Pregnancy and Childbirth
Chapter  5  Fertility Control and Abortion
Chapter  6  Avoiding Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
Chapter  7  Genetics and Inheritance
Chapter  8  Sexuality Development Across the Lifespan
Chapter  9  The Sexual Self
Chapter  10  Sexual Arousal and Response
Chapter  11  Love and Intimate Relationships
Chapter  12  Sexual Coercion and Assault

Gordon Edlin, PhD-Professor of Genetics Emeritus, University of California, Davis, California

Gordon Edlin, PhD, has a bachelor's degree in physics from MIT and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon. He was a professor of genetics at the University of California, Davis, for 22 years, where his research focused on the molecular biology of microorganisms. His interest in health was dramatically increased after he was tear-gassed on the Berkeley campus in the late 1960s while protesting the Vietnam War. Although his approach to health and medicine is scientific, he also has considerable experience with alternative medicines.

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Eric Golanty, PhD-Las Positas College

Eric Golanty is professor emeritus of health and wellness at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. He has a bachelor's and a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in human development and family studies from the University of California, Davis. He has taught personal health and human sexuality and supervised peer health counseling and health educator training at Las Positas College and UC Davis. He has taught personal health online since 2000 and has developed distance learning programs and trained faculty in educational uses of the Internet. He is co-author of the college texts Health and WellnessHuman Sexuality: The Basics, and Human Reproduction. He also is co-author of the pocket handbook First Aid for Sports Injuries and author of the self-help book, How to Prevent and Help Heal Running and Other Sports Injuries.

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  • This text is uniquely concise and clearly covers the full spectrum of the Human Sexuality curriculum.

    -Mitch Darnell, MA, OM, Cosumnes River College

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763736521

BlackBoard ready Test Bank
Instructor Manual
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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