Discovering Human Sexuality

Simon LeVay, West Hollywood, CA, Janice Baldwin, University of California, Santa Barbara, and John Baldwin,...

Simon LeVay, West Hollywood, CA, Janice Baldwin, University of California, Santa Barbara, and John Baldwin, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Discovering Human Sexuality

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Discovering Human Sexuality is an evidence-based, accessible introduction to the study of sexuality and the diverse ways in which it brings joys and challenges to our lives. The backgrounds of the authors—in biology, sociology, teaching, and writing—have made possible a text that is multidisciplinary, authoritative, sex-positive, and a delight to read. Now in its Third Edition, Discovering Human Sexuality has...

Discovering Human Sexuality is an evidence-based, accessible introduction to the study of sexuality and the diverse ways in which it brings joys and challenges to our lives. The backgrounds of the authors—in biology, sociology, teaching, and writing—have made possible a text that is multidisciplinary, authoritative, sex-positive, and a delight to read. Now in its Third Edition, Discovering Human Sexuality has established itself as a popular and widely praised text that respects diversity both in the sexual world and among the students who read it.

The Third Edition maintains the overall presentation of its predecessors, but adds coverage of recent sex-related developments in research, medicine, law, politics, and social trends. In addition, the authors have included two substantial appendices: one looks at sex and sexuality from an evolutionary perspective; the other provides additional material regarding the role of the nervous system in sexual functioning. The two appendices have been developed from sections of the authors’ other text, Human Sexuality. The intent is to provide options for more advanced learning while leaving the main text accessible to students with more limited backgrounds in biology.

The Third Edition has many new boxes, illustrations, FAQs, and other features, as well as countless new references. What shines through is the richness of ideas about human sexuality that only an interdisciplinary collaboration can provide.

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Simon LeVay, Ph.D. is a British-born neuroscientist turned science writer and teacher. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and has taught at Harvard, the University of California, and Stanford University. LeVay has authored over 40 scientific studies; the best known of these is a 1991 report in Science that described a difference in brain structure between heterosexual and homosexual men. He is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation (Oxford University Press, 2011), and a historical novel, The Donation of Constantine (Lambourn Books, 2013).

Janice Baldwin, Ph.D. and John Baldwin, Ph.D. are sociologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They have been collaborators in numerous studies and coauthored many articles in the area of sexuality and sex education, as well as the textbook Behavior Principles in Everyday Life (Prentice Hall), now in its fourth edition. The Baldwins co-teach an undergraduate Human Sexuality course that is regularly voted Best Course at UCSB. They also teach two advanced seminar courses on the same topic, one of which has created a sex information website, SexInfoOnline (www.SexInfoOnline.com). The Baldwins have been named Best Professors on several occasions.

Discovering Human Sexuality is unique in both approach and content. The authors have a point of view, but still provide balanced coverage of controversial issues. The boxes are wonderful. One of the things I like about it is the inclusion of historical and cross-cultural detail in the boxes. It’s a very readable and beautiful book. The illustrations and diagrams are excellent—the best of any text I have ever used.”
—Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Southern Methodist University

“I absolutely love this book. I’m not even sure how I would have taught this course without it. The breadth of information is all-encompassing and presented extremely well. … One thing I really like about the text is the language. I feel like the author is like my cool sexologist aunt. The wording is professional and tactful, without being pedantic. I think the students find it informative without being talked down to. It’s hard to put the book down because it draws you in.”
—Stephanie Marin Rothman, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

“I love the book. I have reviewed several human sexuality textbooks and the LeVay et al. is consistently the best I have encountered. The book effectively uses scientific research to illumine the subject of human sexuality in a very understandable way. … Every time that I have used the LeVay et al. text, the student’s response has always been very favorable.”
—James E. Vaughn, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

For the Student

Companion Website (sites.sinauer.com/discoveringhumansexuality3e)

The Discovering Human Sexuality, Third Edition Companion Website includes a robust set of study and review aids—all available at no cost to the student. This online companion to the textbook takes the place of a printed study guide and includes the following resources:

  • Chapter Outlines: Complete outlines of each chapter provide an overview of the chapter and include links to the relevant Study Questions for each section.
  • Chapter Summaries: A thorough review of each chapter’s content.
  • Learning Objectives: The objectives help focus the student on the important concepts and topics in each chapter; each is referenced to specific textbook headings and pages.
  • Activities: For selected chapters, animations, dynamic illustrations, and labeling exercises help the student learn and understand complex concepts and anatomical (and other) terms.
  • Study Questions: An extensive set of interactive self-study questions covers the full range of content in every chapter.
  • Flashcards: Students can quiz themselves on all the important terms from each chapter, or they can browse the list of terms as a review.
  • Web Links: A Set of online sites and resources relevant to each chapter.
  • Glossary: A complete online version of the book’s glossary.
  • Online Quizzes: Two sets of questions are available for each chapter, for instructors to assign or make available to students as review exercises (instructor registration required):
    • Multiple-Choice Quizzes test student comprehension of the material covered in each chapter.
    • Essay Questions challenge students to synthesize and apply what they have learned.

For the Instructor (available to qualified adopters)

The Discovering Human Sexuality, Third Edition Instructor’s Resource Library (IRL) contains a wealth of resources for use in course planning, lecture development, and assessment. Contents include:

  • Instructor's Manual
    The Instructor’s Manual provides instructors with a variety of resources to aid in planning their course and developing their lectures. For each chapter, the manual includes a chapter overview, a chapter outline, the complete chapter summary, class discussion questions, teaching resources, and suggested readings.
  • Media Guide
    The Media Guide includes extensive lists of suggested video segments (and full-length titles) that are ideal for use as lecture starters or other in-class activities. Video suggestions (with links and sources) are provided for topics across all chapters, and suggested discussion questions are also included.
  • Test Bank
    The Test Bank consists of a broad range of questions covering all the key facts and concepts in each chapter. Each chapter includes multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and, new for the Third Edition, short answer questions. Also included are all of the Companion Website quizzes (multiple-choice and essay), the textbook end-of-chapter questions, and the Media Guide discussion questions. All questions are keyed to Bloom’s Taxonomy and referenced to specific textbook sections.
  • Computerized Test Bank
    The entire test bank is provided in Blackboard’s Diploma software. Diploma makes it easy to assemble quizzes and exams from any combination of publisher-provided questions and instructor-created questions. In addition, quizzes and exams can be exported to many different course management systems, such as Blackboard and Moodle.
  • Presentation Resources
    • Figures & Tables: All of the textbook’s figures (both line art and photographs) are provided as JPEG files at two sizes: high-resolution (excellent for use in PowerPoint) and low-resolution (ideal for web pages and other uses). All the artwork has been reformatted and optimized for exceptional image quality when projected in class.
    • PowerPoint Presentations: Two ready-to-use presentations are provided for each chapter:
      • A lecture presentation that includes text covering the entire chapter with and selected figures.
      • A figures presentation that includes all the figures and tables from the chapter.

Online Quizzing

The Companion Website’s online quizzes can be assigned by the instructor via the instructor’s website. The site also allows instructors to create their own quizzes and add their own questions. (Adopting instructors must request access to the instructor’s website in order for their students to be able to access the quizzes.)

If you have adopted this text for course use (within the U.S. or Canada) and are interested in the instructor’s supplements that accompany the text, please contact  publish@sinauer.com. Outside the U.S. or Canada? Check the orders and returns page for the distributor in your region.