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Course Description

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This course covers a social scientific analysis of human sexuality. Emphasis will be placed on the development of sexuality within an interpersonal context.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Examine the field of human sexuality, specifically the following topics: sexual science research methods, sexuality across the lifespan; relationships and communication, gender identity and sexual orientation, sexual attraction and love, sexual behaviors, anatomy and physiology, sexual pleasure and sexual problems, sexual coercion, harassment, aggression and abuse, contraception, STI’s, HIV and AIDS, sexual variations, sex therapy, and the commercialization of sex; recognizing the implications of course content and putting it into a broader context;
  2. Analyze issues related to human sexuality, comprehending the variety of political, religious, cultural, biological, social, and historical forces that shape sexuality;
  3. Describe the historical development of the field of human sexuality, including the changes in research, perspective and knowledge that have occurred over time;
  4. Critically evaluate methodologies used in sexuality research;
  5. Establish independence of thought, and the ability to challenge accepted truths about human sexuality and think critically about sexuality as it appears in research and the media;
  6. Review the personal and practical implications of course content; becoming informed about issues related to sexuality that will aid in the development of an intelligent, responsible, and fulfilling sexual life;
  7. Engage in more critical self-reflection related to aspects of sexuality;
  8. Organize your thoughts and ideas about sexuality topics and practice communicating about these with others (i.e., online in discussion); and
  9. Describe language used in the media, common public discourse, and research related to sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation and use language that is inclusive and respectful.

Course Topics

  • Theory and Sexual Science Research Methods
  • Female and Male Anatomy and Sexuality Across the Lifespan
  • Sexual Arousal and Response and Sexual Dysfunction
  • Contraception and Abortion, STI's, HIV, and AIDS
  • Attraction and Love
  • Relationships, Intimacy and Communication
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity and Gender Roles
  • Sexual Behaviour and Fantasies
  • Sexual Coercion and Commercialization of Sex
  • Sexual Health Education

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 4.50 credits

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods.


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 15% LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Discussion Posts (4 x 6%) 24% LO2, LO5, LO6, LO7, LO8, LO9
Reflection Assignment 16% LO2, LO5, LO6, LO7, LO8, LO9
On Campus Final Exam 45% LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Total 100%  


*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Development of Human Sexuality
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Revel for Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity-- Access Card, 6/e by Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, McKay & Milhausen Pearson Education Canada, 2019 6th Canadian Edition edition ISBN 9780135166369
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