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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:

  • 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 behaviours, 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;
  • Analyze issues related to human sexuality, comprehending the variety of political, religious, cultural, biological, social, and historical forces that shape sexuality;
  • Describe the historical development of the field of human sexuality, including the changes in research, perspective and knowledge that have occurred over time;
  • Critically evaluate methodologies used in sexuality research;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Engage in more critical self-reflection related to aspects of sexuality;
  • Organize your thoughts and ideas about sexuality topics and practice communicating about these with others (i.e., online in discussion); and
  • 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

  • Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • Theory and Sexual Science Research Methods
  • Sexuality Across the Lifespan and Sexual Health Education
  • Female and Male Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sexual Arousal and Response and Sexual Problems
  • Contraception and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Attraction, Love, and Relationships
  • Sexual Identities
  • Gender Identity and Gender Roles
  • Sexual Behaviour and Fantasies
  • Sexual Coercion
  • Commercialization of Sex

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
Online Discussions 25%
Online Midterm Exam 35%
Reflection Blog 5%
Online Final Exam 35%
Total 100%



This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate both an online midterm and online final exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, students must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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