Complete course outline
It should be noted that gender is not a singular lesson itself, but is woven deeply and methodically into each lesson through lecture, activity and reflection.
Why is sexual health important?
Students will see the importance of learning about sexual health by discussing why humans are interested in sex, how prevalent sexuality is in our society and beginning to understand the history of shame and sex.
Students learn how to manage the physical, mental and emotional changes that occur during puberty. Students also learn how to empathize with changes that occur to others and do not occur to their own bodies during puberty.
Students learn the scientific names for body parts in the reproductive system and their functions.
Students learn the process in which conception and fertilization happens both in a body and in a lab.
Students learn the definition of consent, how to appropriately establish consent and different scenarios in which consent is invalid.
What is sex exactly?
Students gain a more comprehensive understanding of the varieties of sex and their risk factors, as well as how to be a respectful partner.
Students learn about different methods of contraception and how each works to prevent pregnancy.
STIs and safe sex
Students will gain an understanding of common STIs, the mode in which they are transmitted, and how to manage when testing positive for an STI. Students will also explore the history of HIV and learn safer sex practices in relation to STIs.
Healthy and unhealthy relationships
Students learn the basics on what makes healthy and unhealthy relationships, including exercises on communication, expectation and respect. Students also learn how to recognize unhealthy patterns such as manipulation.
Sexual decision making
Students learn what parts of the body are involved in making sexual decisions, and how to listen to their gut feelings when making decisions in regard to sex.
Students learn the basics of pregnancy and what options are available when pregnant. Students also discuss laws regarding medical coverage, adoption rights and parental rights. Lastly, students gain a general understanding of the mental and emotional changes that may occur after pregnancy.
online rights and literacy
Students learn about laws and rights when corresponding online, red flags of exploitation, and how to access support when dealing with online harassment.
media representations of sexuality
Students observe and dissect how sex and sexuality is portrayed in the media. A review of advertisements, products and movies generates discussion of intersectionality, representation, respect and expectations of our society.
Commercial sex: Porn, sex work and the law
Students learn the definition and history of porn and how to access it safely and appropriately. Discussion takes place on how people are portrayed in porn as well as the difference between ethical and non-ethical porn. Students explore the history of sex work globally and in Vancouver as well as the current laws regarding sex work.
Sex and mental health
Students reflect on how depression and anxiety can affect a person’s sexual self, the effect of psychiatric drugs on the body and how to be a supportive partner to someone who is dealing with mental health.
Students review beauty standards through the ages and discuss current societal pressures, diet culture and fat-shaming.
Anonymous questions, review and wrap up!
Students review the most important points of the lessons and have an opportunity for any lingering questions to be answered, as well as to go through the collection of anonymous questions handed in during the course.
I am open to miscellaneous topics and topics brought up during course process!