Fall 2021 - GSWS 100 OL01

Sex Talk: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies (3)

Class Number: 7672

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 20, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

    Dec 15, 2021
    10:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



An introduction to issues in the study of sex, sexual identity, and sexual culture. Focused on contemporary theories of sexuality as well as representations in fiction, film and popular media from diverse cultural contexts. Students who have completed GDST 200 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


GSWS 100 introduces students to major contemporary issues in sexuality studies through an exploration of how sex is portrayed, talked about, and evaluated in different media and cultural contexts. Topics covered include: an overview of sexuality theories; media culture and sexualization; social media and the public/private boundaries of sex; sex on screen; sexual identity in media; sexual identity and consumer culture; trans media and non-binary language of gender; technology and the future of sex.

Learning Objectives

  • gain knowledge of contemporary theoretical perspectives on sexuality
  • participate intelligently in debates and discussion on sexual culture
  • develop critical skills and research techniques to analyze how sexuality is represented in contemporary culture and to what effect
  • acquire the ability to apply critical knowledge to your own cultural and social contexts


For more detailed information please see the GSWS website: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/undergraduate/courses/Educational_Goals.html


  • Participation 10%
  • Mid-Term Exam 30%
  • Research Assignment 30%
  • Final Exam 30%


Description of Assignments

Participation: Students are required to participate in assigned online activities. Details will be available on Canvas.

Mid-Term: An exam on material learnt during the first half of the course. Consists of short questions.

Research Assignment: An exercise that requires students to conduct research on an assigned topic and prepare an annotated bibliography (4 pages) and a 1-page reflection to document and evaluate their research.

Final Exam: An open-book exam that tests students’ understanding of major concepts in the course and ability to apply these concepts to critical analyses of sexuality and culture. All the material studied in the course will be covered. Consists of short questions and an essay. To be completed within 48 hours.




Available on-line through the SFU library. 

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.