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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. It also meets many of the educational requirements outlined by Title IX and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act.
Course evaluation data from academic year 2017-2018.
“I have a gained a stronger desire to stand up for my own and others gender, sexual orientation, sexual expression and sexual identity”
University of Minnesota Student
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Module 1: Sources of Influence
Introduces the concept and dimensions of sexuality and the many factors that influence and impact it including media, culture, societal norms, policy, school and organizations, faith, community, peers, and family. Discusses sexuality education and explores the connection between human rights and sexual and reproductive rights. Prepares learners to know and acknowledge their influence and influences, recognize their values, and be comfortable with their sexuality.
Module 2: Sex, Gender, Attraction and Identity
Discusses the social constructs of sex, gender, attraction, and orientation and introduces relevant terminology. Affirms that identity exists on multiple spectrums exploring gender roles and expression, as well as attraction and orientation. Describes and promotes allyship within and across identities and communities.
Module 3: The Body
This module includes two sub-modules: Our Bodies and Appreciating the Body. The first introduces sexual and reproductive anatomy terminology with a pleasure-based approach using inclusive language. The second defines body image, embodiment, and their relationship to sexuality exploring how positive shifts in body image can be promoted.
Module 4: Sexual Expression
Discusses concepts and statistics related to sex, abstinence, desire, and attraction. Identifies common forms of solo and partnered sexual expression. Prompts reflection related to expectations and sexual activity. Explores sex and disability, as well as sexual dysfunction and disorders.
Module 5: Communication and Decision-Making
Explores the value in practicing effective communication related to sex, consent, pleasure, and boundaries, equipping learners with specific models and strategies. Discusses active listening and nonviolent communication, as well as the importance of seeking professional support whenever relevant.
Module 6: Your Relationships
This module includes two sub-modules: Partnered Relationships and Healthy Relationships. The first discusses intimacy and relationships, promoting self-reflection and communication. The second explores the characteristics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships, equipping learners to examine their own relationships and support their peers.
Module 7: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Outlines facts and figures related to bacterial, viral, and parasitic sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Highlights the importance of regular testing and communication relating to STI status and includes a virtual tour of a sexual health clinic. Discusses prevention of infection across the lifespan.
Module 8: Safer Sex Methods
Explores various methods for preventing sexually transmitted infections including barrier methods and vaccinations. Introduces pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis and antiretrovirals as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention. Discusses the importance of communication and negotiation related to safe sex and explores the role substances can play.
Module 9: Contraception Options
Introduces the concept of reproductive life planning and its benefits for all learners. Discusses how contraception works to prevent pregnancy. Promotes learners’ reflection on their values and introduces common considerations when choosing contraception. Outlines facts and figures for each available method, including an activity in which learners explore the methods for themselves. Discusses considerations for communicating about contraceptive choices.
Module 10: Pregnancy Outcomes
Discusses concepts, facts and figures, and decisions related to pregnancy, parenting, adoption, and abortion from a public health and scientific background. Presents tools and resources related to pregnancy decision-making acknowledging the process is personal, individual, and situational.
Module 11: Sexual Assault, Harassment and Stalking
Using a trauma-informed approach, this module defines and describes sexual assault and affirmative consent including interactions in which learners practice identifying these concepts. Discusses the relationship of alcohol and other substances with sexual assault. Explores prevention and support measures related to sexual assault.
Module 12: Bystander Intervention
Discusses the choices and steps involved with intervening in problematic situations. Explores specific intervention strategies and possible outcomes, leading learners through activities and reflections that prompt consideration of what individuals can do to prevent sexual assault.
Module 13: Advocating for Your Sexuality
Defines and describes advocacy related to sexual health needs, beliefs, and boundaries. Explores advocacy related to seeking and accessing health resources, practicing self-care, and identifying and analyzing reliable sources of information. Discusses advocating for policy change and how to be a resource for others.
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