Fall 2019 - HSCI 120 E100

Introduction to Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior (3)

Class Number: 2604

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 5, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby



Introductory information about human sexuality across a broad spectrum of topic areas. Sexual function is a fundamental part of a full and healthy life, but misinformation, concerns, problems, and dysfunctions are prevalent. An evidence-based introduction to human sexual function and dysfunction, and normal psychosexual development across a range of sexual behaviors. A perspective on the effects of socialization on sexual attitudes and behavior. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This intent of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the study of human sexuality and sexual behaviour. Through the lens of various disciplines including biology, public health, psychology and sociology, students will engage with evidence-based course content. The history of the study of sexology, sexual health research methodologies, anatomy & physiology, gender and sexual orientation, fertility, contraception, conception and the life-course, sexual dysfunction, sexual variations, sexual behaviours and relationships, and critical discussions of sex in culture and media will be discussed.


At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to: 1)    Correctly identify and describe human sexual anatomy, physiology, and reproduction; 2)    Demonstrate knowledge of the transmission, treatment, and screening for sexually transmitted infections and methods of modern contraception; 3)    Understand concepts of gender identity, sexual dysfunction, sexual behaviour and expression, and describe issues related to maintaining sexual well-being; and 4)    Critically evaluate sexual health related information in research and the media and develop independent and informed perspectives on such issues based on evidence and established knowledge.


  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Reading assignments 20%
  • Assignment 1 15%
  • Assignment 2 15%


Changes to the syllabus will be made, as necessary, within Faculty / University regulations.


The content of this course covers many aspects of human sexuality and may include discussion of content or topics that are sensitive to some people. In order to accomplish the objectives of this course, it will often be necessary that we speak frankly about sex, gender and sexuality. Please keep in mind that throughout the course you may be exposed to thoughts, ideas or opinions that may differ from your own. It is expected that everyone will conduct themselves with respect for the rights and feelings of others, by recognizing the potential sensitivity of such topics and responding appropriately to others' reactions and comments.



Human Sexuality: A Contemporary Introduction, Second Edition
Edited by Caroline F. Pukall

Registrar Notes:

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