BIO 301, spring 2015
Extra Credit Activities
Do any or all assignments, and submit in hardcopy only.Generally, I am expecting responses about a page or two in length (ca. 500 words or so), but clarity and insight are more valued than verbosity. References used must be properly cited. You can earn credit for all assignments turned in. For maximum credit, stay on topic and answer the question(s) asked.
1) Alfred Kinsey is widely regarded as a pioneer in the area of the systematic and scientific investigation of human sexual behavior. Kinsey has, however, been the subject of criticism regarding his methods of sample selection, interview techniques, and specific wording of questions asked. If you were to repeat Kinsey’s work now, what specifically of Kinsey’s methodology would you change and what would you replicate? Up to 10 points EC
2) Myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions concerning HIV/AIDS were common during the start of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980’s. How have public perceptions and knowledge concerning HIV/AIDS changed from that time to the present? What has changed in that time in terms of management and preventative strategies for the disease?
Up to 10 points EC
3) Complete the work sheet, “Is this harassment”, posted in the course documents section of the course Blackboard site.
Up to 10 points EC
4) Discuss what actions or interventions you would take as a parent, if your child were intersexed – that is, having genital characteristics of both male and female. Do you agree or disagree with recommendations that you find on parental support sites on the internet? Would you intervene in early childhood, at puberty, or not at all?
Up to 10 points EC
IS THIS HARASSMENT?
For each scenario below, decide whether sexual harassment occurred, whether it was mild, moderate, or severe, what the “perpetrator” could or should have done differently, and what the “victim” could do about the problem or potential problem.
1. Your college instructor is warm, friendly, and one of those people who like to touch others in a compassionate manner. Her students like her, she touches many of them on the shoulder when she works with them, and she hugs past students who come back to visit her. After twenty years, she is shocked when the Dean calls her into his office because a former student has complained that her friendly touches created a hostile work environment for her, which explains the poor grade this student got in the class.
2. A female student has asked a male student to stop asking her out on dates and to stop paying her compliments. He continues to sit next to her (she hasn’t moved her seat) and he stares at her throughout most of each class, but he has stopped talking to her.
3. A teacher notices that one of his students has a crush on him. Both are adults, and when they talk after class she has made it clear that she would like to date him. He tells her that they could get together to work on her academic standing, which has been slipping recently. During a tutoring session, his attraction to her gets the better of him and he talks her into having sex with him, saying it won’t hurt her grade. She gets a “C” for the course.
4. A construction worker whistles and applauds as an attractive woman walks by his construction site every day. The woman always quickens her pace to get past the building as fast as possible, but every once in a while she smiles a little, suggesting that she enjoys being found attractive. The worker’s buddy pokes him and says he could be putting the company at risk for a sexual harassment lawsuit, but the worker doesn’t think that’s likely to happen and continues to whistle and applaud at attractive women.
5. A female coworker asks a male coworker out for dinner. He says he does not want to go. The woman threatens to tell their supervisor that the man has been sexually harassing her if he does not accept her invitation.
6: State the sexual harassment policy on this campus, and what steps students can take if they believe they are being sexually harassed.