Sexuality and Relationships Term Paper

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Sexuality and Relationships Term Paper
 
This essay is worth 10% of your final grade, and is due in class at the date indicated above (with a softcopy sent to Turnitin.com before midnight on the same day).
 Paper Topic: Sexual Dysfunctions
In your paper, you will be writing an essay on a sexual dysfunction. You will discuss its symptoms, causes and treatments. You must choose one of the following dysfunctions: 1) male erectile disorder, 2) female sexual arousal disorder (that is the one you are doing), 3) female orgasmic disorder, 4) premature ejaculation, OR 5) vaginismus. Do NOT write your paper on all Sexual Dysfunctions in general; YOU MUST PICK ONE, AND IT MUST BE ONE OF THESE FIVE, otherwise, your paper will only be able to earn a maximum grade of 50%!!!
 
Chapter 13 of your textbook (Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, & McKay, 2016) will be the major source for your paper (I uploaded the all the required pags 326-351 + the cover pages. You should not use all the pages because you are only writing it on 1 topic).  You must also use 2 other relevant sources for your paper, providing it is from a scholarly, academic journal (NO non-academic online sources, including Wikipedia!!). You must give credit to your sources in your paper and summarize their ideas in your own words. Do not use ANY quoteseach quote I find reduces your grade by 5%.
 
For the best possible mark, your essay must include:
 
Introductory paragraph: You start with an introductory statement to your topic.  You then include a statement concerning what constitutes (or defines) a sexual dysfunction, and very briefly describe the four types of sexual dysfunctions described in your textbook. (Page 328)
 
Body of your essay: You next include several paragraphs, answering the questions listed below. For the best possible mark, it is strongly recommended that you include all these topics/questions, and in the order listed below. Each question should be a separate body paragraph, totaling 3 body paragraphs.
 

  1. Describe the symptoms of the sexual dysfunction you chose.
  2. What is the cause of this dysfunction? (discuss BOTH biological and/or psychosocial causes)
  3. What is the treatment of the dysfunction?
  4. Give a brief description of the general approaches to treating sexual dysfunctions of both Masters & Johnson, and Helen Singer Kaplan (Integration of Sex Therapy and Psychotherapy).
  5. Describe the specific treatments for the particular dysfunction you are discussing (discuss both biological and psychosocial treatments if available).

 
Remember to answer all questions in your own words.  You can’t earn points for straight “regurgitation” from your textbook or any other source (and in any case, copying word-for-word is considered plagiarism).
 
Concluding paragraph: You briefly summarize the symptoms, causes and treatments of the sexual dysfunction you have just discussed.
 
Below the concluding paragraph, include the Word Count (does not include title page or reference list, but it DOES include the in-text citations).
 
Paper Specifications
 
Format
 
Your paper, which must be typed in 12-point font and double-spaced, will be 2 to 3 pages long (750 words, MAXIMUM word count 850 words…after that, I stop reading!). You must also have one-inch margins on each page (top, bottom, left and right). Include a title page where you indicate the title of your paper, your name, the name and number of the course and the year in which you are submitting your paper. You must also include a reference page (again, note that this is NOT counted as part of the 750 words, nor is the title page) where you will reference your sources in APA (American Psychological Association) style.
 
In -Text Citations and References (APA Style)
 
Your paper is an academic research paper, that is, the content of your paper is based on the research results of scientists, and NOT on your personal opinion. It is therefore REQUIRED to acknowledge these sources of information (using in-text citations) in your paper. If you do not provide in-text citations, this is considered plagiarism (you are presenting someone else’s ideas as if they were your own), even if you wrote everything in your own words. Throughout your paper you MUST use in-text citations for every piece of research information presented (otherwise, this is ALSO considered plagiarism!). This means you may well be providing in-text citations every couple of sentences – that’s OK!
 
Please note however, that so long as all the information in one of the paragraphs in your paper comes from the SAME source (and same page number), you only need ONE citation for that paragraph. As soon as you switch to a new page number in the SAME source, or to an entirely NEW SOURCE, you will need to use another citation).
 
In-text citation example:
 
In the last ten years, several drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis have been developed to treat erectile disorder (Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, & McKay, 2013, p.69).
 
You must cite all the textbook authors in this manner when mentioning information from them for the first time in your paper, but all subsequent citations should appear as:
 
(Rathus et al., 2013, p. page number). (NB: If you are using an academic website, use the paragraph number instead of the page number, i.e. if it’s the fifth paragraph on the webpage, it’s written as (Author name, year, para. 5)  )
 
If you want to mention a secondary source, for example the work of someone else WITHIN the Rathus book, you cite it like this:
 
(Vajayjay & Weiner, as cited in Rathus et al., 2013, p. 335)
 
You must ALWAYS include the page number or paragraph where you got your information from, as part of the in-text citation. Not doing so
will cost you marks!
 
All of your sources (including the textbook) must also appear in a reference list at the end of your paper (again, lack of a reference list could be considered plagiarism). Centered at the top of this page you will type: “References”, then you will double space and type out your sources, in alphabetical order by author.
 
Reference list example:
 
The first example below is for books (like our textbook), and the second for journal articles. In the journal example, the ‘45’ refers to the volume number, ‘2’ is the issue number, and the ‘10-36’ is telling you the page numbers of the entire article. You will want to follow the same format EXACTLY with your sources, but of course using the appropriate volume, issue, and page numbers (and other information, such as the titles of the article and the journal, the author’s names, etc.) from THAT source)
 
References (Example ONLY)
 
Rathus, S. A., Friend, A., & Bestie, F. H. (2012). Human sexuality is da bomb. (5th
Canadian ed.). Montreal: Good Sex Publishing Company.
 
Shaft, R., & Vulva, S. (1993, November). When sex isn’t as sexy as it could be.
Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 45(2), 10-36. doi:
0000/550/jpr.0203/021
 
 
Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is a serious offense. Plagiarism on the term paper consists of stealing someone else’s words OR ideas for part or all of the paper, and submitting them as if they were your own.  In other words, paraphrasing either a published author’s words, or your friend’s words, and presenting them as your own, is plagiarism.  Copying a sentence mostly word-for-word, while changing a few words here and there, is also considered plagiarism (Copying more than 5 words in a row is VERY likely to be considered plagiarism – I am VERY VERY fussy about this, so be careful!). In fact, for EVERY 5-word rule violation I find, I will deduct 5% of your grade!!) The penalty for plagiarism is a zero on the paper (with no possibility of making it up), a letter in your permanent file, and possible expulsion from the college.  Students who allow their work to be plagiarized by another student are judged equally as harshly, and the same consequences must apply.
 
 
Remember, you MUST:
 

  • Write everything in your own words.
  • Include in-text citations (including page numbers).
  • Include a reference list with ALL sources listed.

 
Not doing so = PLAGIARISM = You get a ZERO
and a letter in your file.
 
AND DON’T FORGET TO SEND THE SOFTCOPY TO TURNITIN, OR YOU MUST ALSO GET A ZERO!!!
 
Not sure whether what you are doing is plagiarism or not? See me BEFORE handing in your paper
 
Evaluation of your paper:
 
Writing clarity/Organization = 3 points
(includes grammar, logical flow of ideas, richness of vocabulary)
 
Contents = 6 points
(Inclusion of all required elements of Introduction, Body, and Conclusion)
 
Format = 1 point
(Title page, properly formatted in-text citations, paper at least 750 words long, margins and font correct, paper stapled)
 
Total = 10 points
 

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