Please also include 5 people who are interviewed and one who’s professionally interviewed.  Below I will include the actual instructions required.  For this assignment, you will conduct an in-depth study of attitudes and knowledge of one clearly-defined element of human sexuality. This assignment involves collecting information about your topic from the general public as well as professionals working within the field.

Topics may include (but are certainly not limited to):  ·       

Sexting ·      

 Influences of religion on sexual development ·   

    Generational differences in homophobia ·    

   Communicating sexual intent (or lack thereof) to a partner ·    

   The “hook-up culture” ·     

  Effective sexuality education practices ·     

  “Old Wives’ Tales” of contraception & pregnancy prevention ·       

Campus sexual assault 

You will collect this information primarily through observations and interviews with subjects about the topic you have selected. Please interview (either in person or via telephone/FaceTime/Skype) a minimum of five subjects from the world at large (friends, parents, peers, random sample) and one subject who works with this topic in a professional capacity (medical professional, educator, researcher, social service). These must be conversational; e-mail interviews, crowdsourcing on social media, or online surveys (such as SurveyMonkey) are not acceptable modes of interviewing your study subjects. Additionally, you will also need to consult the relevant published research on human sexuality, citing a minimum of ten scholarly resources. Through your research for this assignment, you will try to answer the following questions: ·      

 What are the biological, psychological, social, cultural and technological factors influencing your topic today?  

How do attitudes & knowledge about this topic differ from person to person, and why might that be? How has attitudes or knowledge about this topic changed over time?

What insights did your interview subjects share that contradicted or confirmed your previous assumptions about this topic?

How do professionals approach this topic effectively in their work?

Write a 5-8 page analysis of this topic and what you have learned from your interviews and review of the scholarly literature. The paper should not be a summary of what your interview subjects said; rather, the majority of this paper’s content should be your description and analysis of this topic and what it looks like in contemporary society. In your discussion of your subject, you will draw on published theories and research that are relevant to the specific issues and questions that arise as you seek to understand your subject. This use of published research is a crucial and required component of this assignment. You can use any of the course readings provided in the modules, but you should also expect to search for and review other research and professional literature that might help you understand your topic better. 

Please note: Students are responsible for meeting the deadline for this assignment. Late work will not be accepted. Please allow yourself ample time to schedule, complete, and evaluate your interviews as well as synthesize your research and create a final submission that reflects the depth and breadth of your understanding on this topic.