Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2016-2017

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The following courses are administered by St. Jerome's University.

SMF 100s


SMF 101 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008556
Introduction to Relationships and Families
This course provides an overview of couple, marital, and family relationships from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective.
[Note: Formerly SMF 206]
Antireq: SMF 206
Also offered Online

SMF 200s


SMF 200 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015154
Special Topics in Sexualities, Relationships, or Families
This course introduces students to special topics in sexualities, relationships, and/or families.
[Note: This course is repeatable up to three times, subject to different content.]
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 204 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008554
Introduction to Human Sexuality
This course provides a broad interdisciplinary overview of theories and research on human sexuality.
Prereq: Level at least 1B.
Antireq: PSYCH 236
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 205 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008555
The Dark Side of Sexuality
As with all profound and meaningful human activities, sexuality has the potential to involve harm, manipulation, and abuse. This course offers a theoretical and empirical examination of the dark side of human sexuality. Topics may include sex work, pornography, sexual violence and abuse, incest, compulsive sexual behaviour, and paraphilias.
Prereq: SMF 204 or PSYCH 236

SMF 207 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008557
Parents, Children, and Family Relations
This course examines parent-child relationships from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. Topics may include voluntary childlessness, the transition to parenthood, single parenting, stepparenting, gay and lesbian parenting, and care of aging parents.
Prereq: SMF 101/206
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 208 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012038
Introduction to Systemic Therapies and Anti-Oppressive Practices
This course provides an overview of various theoretical and therapeutic practices in relational and sex therapy, and serves as an introduction to social justice, anti-oppressive, and inclusionary therapeutic practices. In doing so, the intersections of social locations such as class, culture, dis/ability, gender, and race within various social contexts are critically analyzed.
Prereq: SMF 101/206; One of SMF 204, 207, PSYCH 236; Level at least 2A

SMF 211 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015155
Dynamics of Dating
This course examines the dynamics of intimate relationships in the context of the modern, Western construct of dating. Topics explored may include long-distance relationships, polyamorous relationships, online dating, hook-up culture, shifting romantic and family formation dynamics, modern communications and technology, and the role of pop culture in dating trends.
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 212 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015156
Navigating Sexuality and Relationships in Mid/Later Life
This course reviews the process of navigating relationships and sexuality as persons age. Topics may include physical/biological changes, desire, youth-focused culture, relationship dissolution, dating, and technologies.
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 213 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015157
Sexual Health and Well-Being
This course offers a theoretical and empirical examination of sexuality from a health perspective. Approaches to counselling, prevention, and treatment will be discussed. Topics may include STI and pregnancy prevention, pregnancy and post-partum health, healthy romantic and sexual relationships, chronic and long-term illnesses, and sexual cancers.
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 214 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015158
Constructing Erotics
This course examines the social construction of the erotic, in particular how culture, politics, religion, literature, economics, medicine, or technology interact to regulate the definition and performance of sexuality across cultures. Topics may include the sexual body (e.g., beauty and desire), the regulation of sex (e.g., taboos, laws, religion), and other cultural constructions of sexuality (e.g., sexual education).
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 215 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015159
Sexuality and Popular Culture
This course examines how sexuality is depicted in, and shaped by, popular media. It addresses media portrayals of sexuality as presented in historical and contemporary writings, works of art, radio, film, and/or television. Contemporary media such as digital and social media sources may also be reviewed.
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 216 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015160
Sexual Pleasure
This course offers a theoretical and empirical examination of the pleasurable and recreational aspects of human sexuality. Topics may include optimal sexuality, romantic passion, sexual techniques, sex toys, BDSM, and sexual role-playing. A range of pleasure discourses and practices (beyond those focused on the genitalia) are addressed.
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 220 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012963
Research Methods
This course introduces students to the philosophy and methods of social science and humanities research, including an examination of issues and approaches to conducting research in the areas of sexuality, couples, and families.
Prereq: One of SMF 204, 101/206, PSYCH 236.
Antireq: KIN 330, PSCI 315, PSYCH 291, REC 270, 270A, SOC/LS 221, SOC/LS 321, SDS/SWREN 251R
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 230 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013010
Introduction to Statistics in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
The goal of this introductory statistics course is to help students understand the logic and appropriate application of commonly used descriptive and inferential statistics, with examples drawn from various disciplines relevant to sexuality, marriage, and family studies.
Prereq: SMF 220; One of SMF 204, 101/206, PSYCH 236.
Antireq: ARTS 280, ECON 221, ENVS 278, KIN 222, PSCI 314, PSYCH 292, REC 371, SDS/SWREN 250R, SOC/LS 280, STAT 202, 206, 211, 221, 231, 241

SMF 300s


SMF 301 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013613
Communication and Counselling Skills
This course is an examination and analysis of the theories and methods of communication as applied within the processes of individual, relational, and family consultation and counselling.
[Note: Formerly SMF 311]
Prereq: One of SMF 204, 101/206, PSYCH 236; Level at least 2A.
Antireq: SOCWK/SWREN 220R, SMF 311

SMF 304 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008566
Human Sexuality in Relationships
This course examines the development and experience of sexuality in a relational context from infancy to old age. Emphasis will be placed on sexual interaction and communication in adult relationships, but the effects of relationships on sexual experiences during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and old age may also be examined.
Prereq: SMF 204 or PSYCH 236; Level at least 2A

SMF 305 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008567
Social Issues and Controversies in Human Sexuality
This course will provide a detailed examination of selected issues and controversies in the area of human sexuality. Topics may include the role of sex education in schools, nature vs. nurture, censorship, and surrogate motherhood.
Prereq: SMF 204 or PSYCH 236; Level at least 2A

SMF 306 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008568
The Formation and Maintenance of Close Relationships
The interpersonal dynamics involved in the formation and maintenance of close relationships will be examined. Topics such as attraction, commitment, love, trust, and communication will be examined from various theoretical and empirical perspectives.
Prereq: One of SMF 101/206, PSYCH 220R, PSYCH 253/253R; Level at least 2A.
Antireq: PSYCH 221R, 354/354R

SMF 307 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008569
Conflict, Crisis, and Dissolution in Close Relationships
Families and close relationships are among the most important and valued human experiences, but they can also be the source of much conflict and pain. This course will examine the dark side of close relationships, with a focus on topics such as conflict and conflict resolution, family violence, poverty, separation and divorce, illness, and death and bereavement.
Prereq: One of SMF 101/206, PSYCH 220R, PSYCH 253/253R; Level at least 2A

SMF 308 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008570
Couple and Family Therapy
Modern and postmodern therapeutic approaches to working clinically with couples and families are examined, with a focus on cultural sensitivity, social justice, and anti-oppression. Students will connect theory to practice, and implement family therapy and ethical skills.
Prereq: SMF 208, 301; Level at least 2A

SMF 309 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008571
Sex Therapy
This course examines therapeutic approaches and clinical issues when working with sexuality related problems. Sexuality variation, and research and methodological issues in the field of sex therapy will be discussed from theoretical and applied perspectives. The applied focus enables students to connect clinical theory and ethical issues to practice.
Prereq: SMF 208, 301; Level at least 2A

SMF 310 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011878
Sexual and Relational Ethics
A study of social relationships and systems that support sexual identities and relationship structures, and generate issues related to attitudes, values, and behaviours at the individual and group level.
Prereq: SMF 101/206, 220; SMF 204 or PSYCH 236; Level at least 2B

SMF 317 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 013234
History of Sexuality: The Pre-Modern Period
This course introduces students to the history of Western sexuality, beginning with the ancient world and focusing primarily on the Middle Ages and the transition to modernity.
Prereq: At least one HIST course; Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with HIST 317)

SMF 318 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012964
History of Sexuality: The Modern Period
This seminar introduces students to the history of Western sexuality. The course focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prereq: At least one HIST course; Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with HIST 318)

SMF 319 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013011
History of Sexuality: Special Topics
This course introduces students to special topics in the history of sexuality such as homosexuality, family, or erotica and pornography.
Prereq: SMF 204 or any HIST course; Level at least 2A

SMF 365 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010353
Special Topics in Human Sexuality
A specialized course in sexuality topics.
[Note: See the Schedule of Classes for current offerings.]
Prereq: SMF 204 or PSYCH 236; Level at least 2A

SMF 366 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011879
Special Topics in Couples, Marriage, and Family Studies
A specialized course in couples, marriage, and family topics.
[Note: See the Schedule of Classes for current offerings.]
Prereq: SMF 101/206; Level at least 2A
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 367 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011880
Special Topics in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
A specialized course that approaches topics of sexuality, marriage, and family from a humanities perspective. These integrated courses take a theoretical approach to the subject matter.
[Note: See the Schedule of Classes for current offerings.]
Prereq: SMF 204 or PSYCH 236, and SMF 101/206; Level at least 2A

SMF 400s


SMF 400 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015161
Capstone Seminar
This seminar invites students to integrate their knowledge in the domains of sexuality, relationships, and families, and make connections among theories, research, and practices. The capstone focus provides students the opportunity for critical self-reflection on their university experience.
Prereq: SMF 230, 310; Level at least 3B
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 404 RDG 0.50Course ID: 008574
Independent Study: Special Topics in Sexuality
An independent, in-depth study, based on empirical research and/or extensive reading, of a topic in the area of sexuality. The project must be approved by the academic supervisor of the course prior to registration.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SMF 220, 230, 310; One of SMF 304, 305, 365; Level at least 3A

SMF 406 RDG 0.50Course ID: 008575
Independent Study: Special Topics in Marriage and Family Studies
An independent, in-depth study, based on empirical research and/or extensive reading, of a topic in the area of marriage and family. The project must be approved by the academic supervisor of the course prior to registration.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SMF 220, 230, 310; One of SMF 306, 307, 366, PSYCH 354; Level at least 3A

SMF 408 RDG 0.50Course ID: 008576
Independent Study: Special Topics in Couple and Family Therapy
An independent, in-depth study, based on empirical research and/or extensive reading, of a topic in the area of marriage and family therapy. The project must be approved by the academic supervisor of the course prior to registration.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SMF 220, 230, 310; SMF 308 or 309; Level at least 3A

SMF 460 PRA,SEM 0.50Course ID: 012117
Practicum and Professional Ethics
This course involves an assigned unpaid apprenticeship in a human sexuality or family studies setting combined with regular seminar meetings. The practicum will require no more than ten hours per week. Paid or volunteer positions that are obtained outside the context of this course are not eligible for credit in this course.
[Note: Priority enrolment will be given to students in the Honours Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies plan.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SMF 230, 310; Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies students only

SMF 461 PRA,SEM 0.50Course ID: 013012
Practicum and Applied Theory
This course involves an assigned unpaid apprenticeship in a human sexuality or family studies setting combined with regular seminar meetings. The practicum will require no more than eight hours per week. Paid or volunteer positions that are obtained outside the context of this course are not eligible for credit in this course.
Prereq: SMF 460; Honours Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies students only
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 462 PRJ,SEM 0.50Course ID: 013013
Research Thesis and Applied Theory
Under supervision of a faculty member, students normally will review literature, present an oral research proposal, analyze data, write a scholarly research paper, and deliver a seminar presentation based on the paper.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Honours Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies students only

SMF 490 PRA,SEM 0.75Course ID: 015207
Practicum and Professional Ethics
This course involves an assigned unpaid apprenticeship in a human sexuality or family studies setting combined with regular seminar meetings. The practicum will require 15 hours per week. Paid or volunteer positions that are obtained outside the context of this course are not eligible for credit in this course.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SMF 400; Human Services Practicum Specialization students only

SMF 491 PRA,SEM 0.75Course ID: 015208
Practicum and Applied Theory
This course involves an assigned unpaid apprenticeship in a human sexuality or family studies setting combined with regular seminar meetings. The practicum will require 15 hours per week. Paid or volunteer positions that are obtained outside the context of this course are not eligible for credit in this course.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SMF 460; Human Services Practicum Specialization students only

SMF 494 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013015
Seminar in Sexuality
This seminar allows students to integrate their knowledge in the domain of sexuality studies. Topics reflect current issues from a theoretical and research perspective.
Prereq: SMF 230, 310; One of SMF 304, 305, 365; Level at least 3B

SMF 496 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013016
Seminar in Family Studies
This seminar allows students to integrate their knowledge in the domains of couples, marriages, and family studies. Topics reflect current issues from a theoretical and research perspective.
Prereq: SMF 230, 310; One of SMF 306, 307, 366, PSYCH 354; Level at least 3B

SMF 498 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013017
Seminar in Therapy: Couple, Family, and Sex Therapy
This seminar allows students to integrate their knowledge in the domain of couples, family, and sex therapy. Topics reflect current issues from a theoretical and research perspective.
Prereq: SMF 230, 310; SMF 308 or 309; Level at least 3B

SMF 499A PRJ 0.75Course ID: 015162
Thesis - Part 1
Under supervision of a faculty member, students normally will review literature, design a study, present an oral research proposal, analyze data, write a scholarly research paper, and deliver a seminar presentation based on the paper. Students will have the opportunity to submit a proposal to present at an annual departmental research conference (The SMF Symposium).
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Honours Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies with major average of at least 75%
Offered at St. Jerome's University

SMF 499B PRJ 0.75Course ID: 015163
Thesis - Part 2
Under supervision of a faculty member, students normally will review literature, design a study, present an oral research proposal, analyze data, write a scholarly research paper, and delivery a seminar presentation based on the paper. Students will have the opportunity to submit a proposal to present at an annual departmental research conference (The SMF Symposium).
Department Consent Required
Prereq: SMF 499A; Honours Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies with a major average of at least 75%
Offered at St. Jerome's University