Social Science (SOSC) 378

Human Sexualities (Revision 1)

SOSC 378 Course website

Permanently closed, effective April 13, 2016. This course has been replaced by ANTH 378 (discipline changed).

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: ANTH 275 or equivalent.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

SOSC 378 has a Challenge for Credit option.


SOSC 378 provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to the study of human sexualities. Diverse sexualities raise issues that impact on many aspects of life and society, and this eight-part course addresses a number of these issues from various perspectives. The primary goal of the course is to have you acquire a broad range of knowledge and information about human sexuality.


  • Unit 1: Critical Research Perspectives on Human Sexualities
  • Unit 2: The Natural History of Gender and Reproduction
  • Unit 3: Sexualities in Other Cultures
  • Unit 4: HIV and AIDS in Other Cultures
  • Unit 5: Same-sex Sexualities
  • Unit 6: Multiple Genders, Intersexed Individuals, and Transsexuals
  • Unit 7: Gender and Sexuality: Body Modification and Genital Cutting
  • Unit 8: Desire, Women's Rights, and Sex Workers


To receive credit for SOSC 378, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50%) on the final examination, and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Telephone Quiz 1 10%
Essay Assign. 1 15%
Essay Assign. 2 15%
Telephone Quiz 2 10%
Essay Assign. 3 30%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


LaFont, Suzanne. 2003. Constructing Sexualities: Readings in Sexuality, Gender, and Culture. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, Inc.

Lancaster, Roger N. 2003. The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Other materials

The course materials also include a course manual, and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SOSC 378 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, Dec 14, 2005.

Updated December 19 2016 by Student & Academic Services