Spring 2022 - PSYC 367 D100

Psychological Perspectives on Human Sexuality (3)

Class Number: 6571

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201, PSYC 260, PSYC 362.



Examines human sexuality from a psychological perspective. Focuses on the empirical research on a variety of topics such as gender differences in sexuality, sexual orientation, models of sexual arousal, erotica, the interplay between sexual and relationship functioning, sexual problems and treatment. Students with credit for PSYC 391 Psychological Perspectives on Human Sexuality may not take PSYC 367 for further credit.


We will examine human sexuality from a psychological perspective. We will focus on the empirical research on a variety of topics such as gender differences in sexuality, sexual orientation, models of sexual arousal and motivation, body image, erotica, the interplay
between sexual and relationship functioning, and sexual problems and treatment. The major objectives of this course are to critically evaluate claims about sexuality research and to apply an understanding of the research to explain individual and relational aspects of sexuality.

Please note that although the course content may be personally relevant for you, it is not a platform for personal disclosures or questions. If you would like to discuss personal concerns related to sexuality, or if you are struggling with feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, or other mental health difficulties please contact SFU Health and Counselling Services:
http://www.sfu.ca/students/health/, 778-782-4615. You can also talk to a trained volunteer at the Crisis Centre of BC
(604-872-3311 or toll free at 1-800-784-2433) or 310Mental Health Support (310-6789, no area code needed).


Class time will be devoted to elaborating and extending the readings, and sometimes the readings will not be specifically discussed but will inform the lecture material. Although the lectures and the readings will provide a basic structure, course material will be addressed in multiple ways, including reflection exercises, small-group discussions, and videos. Students are expected to read the assigned reading(s) prior to each class. 

All information pertaining to the course (e.g., syllabus, lecture slides) will be available on Canvas. Lecture slides may not contain all information from lecture and are not a substitute for notes that you should take in class.


  • Analytical Comments (8 required): 8%
  • In-Class Assignments and iClicker Questions (8 required): 8%
  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Infographic/Fact Sheet Assignment: 18%
  • Peer Feedback: 4%
  • Self-Reflection: 2%
  • Final Exam: 30%


All components of the course EXCEPT the in-class assignments/iClicker questions and the analytical comments must be completed to pass the course. In other words, if you miss any exam or the infographic/fact sheet assignment you will receive a grade of ‘N’ for incomplete, which will count as an ‘F’ on your transcript.

Office Hours:
Office hours will be held weekly via Zoom as indicated in this syllabus. Office hours are designed for students to ask questions about course material and assignments and to review your completed work or exams. If you would like to meet with us but are unable to make our scheduled office hours, please email all your available times to the course email address for the upcoming week with a statement that you cannot make either of our office hours, and we will respond with a 10-to-15-minute appointment time.



There will be no textbook for this course. Unfortunately, the state of the literature in this area is such that there are few textbooks that cover psychological issues well. Instead, assigned readings will be posted on Canvas, or they will be available through the library (e.g., PsycInfo).  Given that this is a 300-level course, I expect you to be able to navigate the library website and PsycInfo to obtain readings as needed.

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 spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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 spring 2022 term.