Fall 2022 - HSCI 120 D100

Introduction to Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior (3)

Class Number: 2134

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, 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.



  • Dr. Bassam Nyaeme: bnyaeme@sfu.ca (please do not use CANVAS email, only use SFU email).

Teaching Assistant/Markers:

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:

  • Correctly identify and describe human sexual anatomy, physiology, and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the transmission, treatment, and screening for sexually transmitted infections and methods of modern contraception.
  • Understand concepts of gender identity, sexual dysfunction, sexual behaviour and expression, and describe issues related to maintaining sexual well-being; and
  • 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.


  • 3 Midterm Exams (worth 16% each) 48%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Sexual Health Research Project 14%
  • Course Participation, Connect Activities & Quizzes 8%



The textbook that is required in this class is Understanding Human Sexuality (8th edition, 2022) by Janet Hyde.

Lecture slides and learning class notes 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.



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