NAT150 - Natural Science:The Development of Human Sexuality

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Subject Title
Natural Science:The Development of Human Sexuality

Subject Description
This subject assumes no prior college courses in biology, psychology, or sociology. It is designed as an introduction to understanding human sexuality within a social context. Topics include: ethics, religion, and sexuality; conception, pregnancy, and childbirth; contraception and abortion; sexually transmitted diseases; gender roles, female sexuality, and male sexuality; sexual orientation: gay, straight or bisexual; sexual coercion; commercial sex; and variation in sexual behaviour.

Credit Status
General Education: Natural and Environmental Sciences.
Please Note:  Students that are in the SSW/SSWA/SSWG/SSWI or SSIA programs cannot take NAT150 as a general education credit as it is too similar to core courses in these programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. analyze and recognize the dimensions of healthy adult sexuality
2. explore personal responses to variations in sexual experience and expression
3. apply information about sexual development and human sexual response in daily life
4. describe the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems
5. discuss with tolerance and understand sexual practices and orientations which may differ from their own
6. understand the complexities of their own sexuality and development
7. recognize healthy versus unhealthy sexual practices
8. understand the sexual nature and sexual orientation of others
9. explore sexuality issues in an analytical way
10. add new terms pertaining to sexuality to their vocabulary

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Corequisite: EAC149 or equivalent.

Topic Outline

  • Introduction
  • Perspectives and Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Contraception
  • STIs/AIDS, Safer Sex
  • Sex Education for Children, Youth, Adults and the Mature Years
  • Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Adult Sexual Behaviours, Sexual Assault
  • Gender
  • Orientation
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Media Influence
  • Sex and Disability

Mode of Instruction
There are two modes of delivery for this course:

1. In-class: Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

2. Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor.

Prescribed Texts

Traditional Classroom
Shibley Hyde, Janet, Delamatar, John D., & Byers, E. Sandra. Understanding Human Sexuality, 7th Canadian Edition, McGraw-Hill Ryerson:  Toronto ISBN #9781259273803

Shibley Hyde, Janet, Delamatar, John D., & Byers, E. Sandra. Understanding Human Sexuality, 7th Canadian Edition, McGraw-Hill Ryerson:  Toronto ISBN #9781259273803

Reference Material
Recommended: texts on sexuality, newspaper articles, journal articles.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

In-Class Sections Online Sections
Reflective Journal 20% Reflective Journal 30%
Quizzes (3@10% each) 30% Quizzes (2@10% each) 20%
Participation (10submissions@ 2.5% each) 25% Participation (10submissions@ 2.5% each) 25%
Final Exam 25% Final Synthesis 25%

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.
Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade. Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of  the Academic Policy  handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood