Zachary Seguin

SMF Courses

SMF 101 – Introduction to Relationships and Families

This course provides an overview of couple, marital, and family relationships from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective.

SMF 200 – Special Topics in Sexualities, Relationships, or Families

This course introduces students to special topics in sexualities, relationships, and/or families.

SMF 204 – Introduction to Human Sexuality

This course provides a broad interdisciplinary overview of theories and research on human sexuality. Topics may include: human anatomy, sexual health, sexual response cycle, sexual orientation, gender, sex work, sexual practices, fetishes and paraphilias, and attraction/intimacy/love.

SMF 205 – 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.

SMF 206 – Couples, Marriages, and Families

This course provides an overview of couple, marital, and family relationships from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective.

SMF 207 – Parents, Children, and Family Relations

This course examines caregiver/parent-child relationships from a broad interdisciplinary perspective over the lifespan. Topics may include: the transition to parenthood, parenting practices and their intersection with child/adult development, social and cultural influences on families with children, same-sex parenting, gender variance/fluidity and family relationships, family relations after parental separation, and care of aging parents.

SMF 208 – 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.

SMF 211 – 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.

SMF 212 – 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.

SMF 213 – 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.

SMF 214 – 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).

SMF 215 – Sexuality and Popular Culture

This course examines how sexuality is depicted in, shaped by, and contested in popular culture. It introduces different theories in the study of popular culture and sexuality through a range of historical and contemporary texts and practices.

SMF 216 – 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.

SMF 220 – 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.

SMF 230 – 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.

SMF 301 – 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.

SMF 304 – 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.

SMF 305 – 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.

SMF 306 – 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.

SMF 307 – 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.

SMF 308 – Relational Therapy

Modern and postmodern therapeutic approaches to working clinically within relational contexts (e.g., family, romantic, other relationship configurations) are taken up. This course emphasizes cultural sensitivity, social justice, and anti-oppressive practices in therapeutic settings. Students will apply theory to practice and explore the ethical implications associated with doing clinical work.

SMF 309 – Sex Therapy

This course examines therapeutic approaches and clinical issues when working with sexuality related problems. Research and theoretical issues in the field of sex therapy will be discussed and applied to clinical contexts. The applied focus enables students to connect clinical theory and ethical issues to practice.

SMF 310 – Sexual and Relational Ethics

A study of social relationships and systems that support sexual identities and relationship structures which generate ethical issues related to attitudes, values, and behaviours at both the individual and group level. This course may address sexual and relationship ethics on local, national, and transnational scales focusing on how issues of ethics and morality have been socially constructed.

SMF 311 – 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.

SMF 317 – 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.

SMF 318 – History of Sexuality: The Modern Period

This seminar introduces students to the history of sexuality. The course focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries.

SMF 319 – History of Sexuality: Special Topics

A specialized course in topics related to the history of sexuality. Topics cover the application of theory and research in any area related to the history of sexuality.

SMF 365 – Special Topics in Human Sexuality

A specialized course in topics related to human sexuality. Topics cover the application of theory and research in any area related to human sexuality.

SMF 366 – Special Topics in Couples, Marriages, and Family Studies

A specialized course in topics that cover the application of theory and research in any area related to couples, relationships, and families.

SMF 367 – 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.

SMF 400 – 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.

SMF 404 – Independent Study in Sexuality, Relationships, and/or Families

An independent, in-depth study based on empirical research and/or extensive reading of a topic in the area of sexuality, relationships, and/or families. The project must be approved by the academic supervisor of the course prior to enrolment.

SMF 406 – 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.

SMF 408 – 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.

SMF 460 – 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.

SMF 461 – 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.

SMF 462 – 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.

SMF 490 – Practicum and Professional Ethics

This course involves an assigned unpaid apprenticeship in a human services 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.

SMF 491 – Practicum and Applied Theory

This course involves the continuation of the SMF 490 (Practicum and Professional Ethics) practicum placement along with weekly seminar meetings that focus on integration of theory and practice.

SMF 494 – 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.

SMF 496 – 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.

SMF 498 – 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.

SMF 499A – Thesis - Part 1

Under supervision of a faculty member, students normally will review literature, design a study, present a research proposal, analyze data, write a scholarly research paper, and deliver an oral presentation based on the paper (e.g., at the SMF Research Symposium).

SMF 499B – Thesis - Part 2

Continuation of SMF 499A.