Fall 2021 - HSCI 120 D100

Introduction to Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior (3)

Class Number: 2116

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 18, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Kate Salters
    Office: BLU 10511
    Office Hours: Thursdays from 5:30-6:30



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, 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 40%
  • Sexual Health Research Project 20%
  • Course Participation 20%



Lecture slides will be provided in PDF format and will be made available for students before the start of each class on canvas. It is important to note that these notes do not comprehensively capture class discussions, explanation of the material, and other audio-visual resources used in class to enhance the learning experience. Students are expected to attend all lectures to ensure they obtain comprehensive course notes.


The textbook that is required in this class is Human Sexuality: A Contemporary Introduction (3rd edition, 2020) by Caroline F. Pukall. Three copies of the textbook will be available on reserve at the library. Additional journal articles and accessory materials for the course will be available on canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


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).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

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.