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An introductory survey to human sexuality, including different theoretical perspectives on human sexuality, the research methodology used to study human sexuality, and sexual behaviours, interests, and responses.
Sexuality is something that affects virtually everyone, in one way or another. Because of its ubiquitous nature, sexuality is an issue that requires understanding. In this course, we explore basic information about sex and sexuality, including the history of sex research, theories of sexuality, sexual anatomy, sexual development, and the nature of the sexual response. We also discuss potentially controversial issues, such as fertility, contraception and abortion, sexually transmitted infections, sexuality across the lifespan (including sexuality in children and elderly people), sexual dysfunctions, and the use of sexuality in negative ways, such as sexual assault.
Learners develop existing knowledge by examining common research techniques in relation to theory, as well as biological, social, and cultural influences. Furthermore, learners learn to employ critical thinking skills to objectively analyze, evaluate, and discuss sexuality research in an open, academic, and professional forum together with their online peers. This is an undergraduate level course with particular attention paid to Western sexuality research and theory.
Because of the nature of the material, and the importance of understanding sexuality, we discuss sexuality and sexuality research frankly. It is important to keep in mind that lectures and any additional materials (e.g., readings, videos, etc.) may be sexually explicit, and are intended to facilitate discussion and the learning process. Please consider the nature of the course material deciding to continue in this course.
Note: If you suffer from issues related to sexuality, you will likely not benefit personally from this class other than gaining information. If you are in need of resources, please contact the instructor.
|Midterm exam (written online)||20%|
|Final exam (written at an Exam Centre)||35%|
|Written assignment 1||15%|
|Written assignment 2||5%|
|Online participation||25% (5% for quizzes, 20% for forum discussions)|
You must write and pass the final exam in order to pass the course.
Material will be covered through assigned readings, video lectures that can be streamed, and online forum discussions. Topics include the following, but are subject to change:
Module 1 – Where does sex come from? What and how do we know about sexuality?
- Defining sex and gender
- Theoretical perspectives on sexuality
- History of sex research
- Research methodology
Module 2 – Sexual anatomy and the sexual response cycle
- Female and male genitalia
- Genital cutting Sexual response cycles in women and men
- Prenatal sexual differentiation
- Intersex conditions
Module 3 – Sexual health
- Pregnancy, conception, and contraception
- Sexually transmitted infections
Module 4 – What is sex? How does it happen?
- Defining sexual behaviour
- Attraction, love, and communication
- Gender and sexuality
- Transgender and transsexual issues
Module 5 – Sexual variants
- Sexual orientation
- Fetishes and paraphilias
- Child sexual abuse
- Sexual addictions and compulsions
- Sexual assault
Module 6 – Sexual difficulties
- Female and male sexual dysfunctions
- Genital pain
- Treatments for sexual difficulties
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Hyde, J. S., Delamater, J. D., & Byers, E. S. (2012). Understanding Human Sexuality (5th Canadian Edition). McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0070329729
*The text is available in hard copy and electronic formats.
Additional readings and resources may be provided by the instructor via the Moodle class page.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 10 – 12 hours per week for this course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
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Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
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Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.