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Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies

Course Code: GSWS 1102
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

GSWS 1102 introduces students to major contemporary issues in sexuality studies. We will explore sexualities in relation to current political, social, and philosophical debates. Students will examine sexualities via interdisciplinary texts and current media. Topics will include an overview of sexuality theories, health and sex, media representations, and intersectional approaches to gender and identity.

Course Content

Course content will include topics such as:

· Theories of Sexuality

· Identities and Labels

· Indigenous Perspectives and Experiences

· Masculinities and Gender

· Sex and Health

· Virginity

· Disability

· Social Media and Culture

· Technologies

· Pornography

· Religion and Law

· Sex Work

· Rape Culture

Methods of Instruction

This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some or all of the following:

1. Lecture

2. Small group discussions

3. Audio-visual presentations

4. Class discussion

5. Seminar presentations

6. Guest lectures

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans.

One example of a possible evaluation scheme is as follows:

Class Participation and/or Presentations - 15%

Exams and Quizzes - 30%

Group Workshops including discussion and presentations - 10%

Research Proposal and/or Annotated Bibliography - 15%

Term Paper, Essay or Written Assignments - 30%

TOTAL  100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to:

· Describe and discuss sexualities from theoretical and practical perspectives.

· Identify and analyse intersectional approaches to sexuality.

· Evaluate contemporary issues in sexuality from social, political, cultural, and philosophical perspectives.

· Connect sexuality with race, gender, and other forms of marginalization.

· Explain cultural contexts in relation to sexual identities, practices, norms, and taboos.

· Recognize how cultural contexts shift over time and differ among populations.

· Discuss and evaluate course material in relation to lived experiences and current events.

course prerequisites






curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.