Course Number: 
44401

Sexuality is an omnipresent force in our lives and culture, yet, most individuals have little more than an elementary understanding of its function and impact in their lives. Combined with insufficient information, the concept of sexuality becomes even more complex when viewed outside the traditional, moralistic, heteronormative, cisgendered narrative. This course will explore the developmental evolution of sexuality over the human lifespan, with specific attention to the historical context, race, religion, politics, family, and culture relevant to each age group. Students will become competent in the biological, social, cultural spheres of sexuality while examining their own beliefs, prejudice and meaning surrounding sexual discourse. This course takes a sex positive approach of sexuality across the lifespan through use of readings, lectures, videos, hands on activities, and small group work. Special attention will be given to marginalized sexualities: particularly women's sexuality and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender sexuality. A number of theoretical perspectives will be incorporated to provide tools for critical thinking about sexuality and human development. The biopsychosocial model, ecological systems theory and intersectional theory will provide dynamic frameworks to explore and examine the reciprocal influences of sexuality on individuals, culture and society. Please note this course does include discussions around non-normative sexual development, unconventional behavior, trauma and abuse.