Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Typically offered:


This multi-disciplinary course will explore a breadth of human sexuality topics drawing from public health theories, prevention education practices, feminist scholarship, and queer activism. Prevention education promotes the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for a sexually healthy population and seeks to prevent the spread of disease and violence. In addition to educating individuals in how to engage in health promoting behaviors, effective prevention education takes into consideration cultures that inhibit or facilitate health. Prevention education supports policies, practices, and norms that create an environment where all populations can thrive.The World Health Organization defines sexual health as, “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free from coercion, discrimination and violence…” With this definition in mind we will discuss topics including sexual health and reproduction, sexual identity, intimacy, sensuality, and sexualization. Sources of discussion may include the social-ecological model of health, theories from twentieth century sex researchers such as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, tactics of sexual health activists such as ACT UP, feminist writers such as Audre Lorde, and web-based sex education platforms such as Afrosexology and Amaze. From discussions students can expect to examine their personal attitudes, gain up-to-date knowledge and resources, and grow their skills for promoting sexual health in their lives and communities. This course may be most helpful for students interested in working in the fields of sexual and interpersonal violence prevention, HIV prevention, or reproductive health. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, two papers, and a final project. This is an online course and will be taught using platforms for synchronous and asynchronous discussions.



Always visit the Registrar's Office for the official course catalog and schedules.