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CogBooks partners with the Rothenberger Institute from the University of Minnesota’s top-ranked School of Public Health for this curriculum. Course content was developed by the Rothenberger Institute team, which includes instructors, health educators, wellness coaches, instructional designers, media specialists, evaluators, and peer educators.
Sexuality Matters understands that students come to college with varying degrees of knowledge and skills to make healthy sexual decisions. Sexuality Matters takes a sex–positive and inclusive approach to comprehensive sexuality education.
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Module 1: Socio-Ecological Influences on Sexuality
What is sexuality and how is it influenced? Using a socio-ecological model, sexuality is influenced by multiple levels of sources that impact individual attitudes, beliefs, and behavior, including relationships, community, and society.
Module 2: Sex, Gender, Attraction, and Identify
What are the differences between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation? What does it mean when we say these identities are not binary, but rather exist on spectrums? In this module, we discuss the complexities of sexual identity.
Module 3: The Body
In this module, we’ll discuss how being knowledgeable about human anatomy aids in our understanding of pleasure, variations that can occur, and how pregnancy occurs and is prevented. We’ll also look at the relationship between Piran’s Developmental Theory of Embodiment and sexuality.
Module 4: Sexual Expression
This module is about the variety of ways that people can choose to express their sexuality through sexual behaviors. These include both solo and partnered activities.
Module 5: Communication and Decision-Making
Communicating openly and honestly about our bodies, pleasure, sex, and our emotional and physical needs is an important component of sexuality and healthy relationships. Being thoughtful about how we communicate with others and their communication styles can lead to more effective discussions.
This module will explore the different types of relationships people choose, how healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships are characterized, and strategies to maintain healthy relationships and leave abusive situations.
Module 7: Sexually Transmitted Infections
This module covers the most common sexually transmitted infections, how they’re diagnosed, and how they’re treated.
Module 8: Safer Sex Toolkit
All sexual activity comes with some inherent risk. Understanding how sexuality transmitted infections are transmitted and the barrier methods most appropriate to reduce your personal risk of contracting them are important components of sexual health.
Module 9: Contraception Choices
Regardless of your decisions in life, a reproductive life plan can help you to be thoughtful in successfully achieving your goals. This module will discuss the concept of a reproductive life plan and various methods of contraception.
Module 10: Pregnancy Outcomes
Addresses basic information on pregnancy outcomes. You’ll consider your values and beliefs, what you want for yourself now and in the future, and whom you could talk to about these outcomes if you wanted to discuss.
Module 11: Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Stalking
This module covers important topics, including defining and communicating affirmative consent, definitions of sexual harassment, stalking, and assault and the structural systems in place that perpetuate them, and how to support victim/survivors.
Module 12: Advocacy and Strategies for Intervention
What does it mean to be an advocate for yourself and others with regards to sexuality? Why is it important? In this module, we’ll address what being an advocate and an ally means, as well as provide strategies for intervening in situations harmful to others.
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