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HD 2314: Human Sexuality

This course utilizes global perspectives (biological, historical, developmental, psychological, sociological and self-reflexive approaches) to explore the diversity of human sexuality. Students will engage with: an interdisciplinary examination of the social constructions of sexuality and gender; the historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives and research on sex; the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and nationality in shaping sexuality and family formation; the international commercialization of sex; the impact of violence and sexual coercion; the debates surrounding sexual ethics, unintended pregnancy, sex education, and biotechnology; the application of the scientific method, study designs, and methods of observation; the promotion of sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan; and the development of sexual practices, rituals, mythologies, belief systems, and other cultural contexts for sexuality across time and around the world.

Why take it?

Learning about sexual development and the development of healthy relationships will be beneficial for all students, regardless of major. In addition to contributing to their personal development, this course will also encourage students to develop critical thinking and written and verbal communication skills. Students will explore ethical issues that apply beyond personal sexual situations, and will understand how power structures and social/belief systems influence families, couples, and individuals. As this understanding builds throughout the semester, students will practice applying this knowledge to creatively solve seemingly intractable social problems.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Intercultural and Global Awareness.