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Northwestern’s Sex Ed 101 course will be available online for anyone
Anyone with a Coursera account can learn the birds and the bees.
Four years ago, Northwestern University canceled a Human Sexuality course because a prior semester’s class had included a controversial live demonstration. A new sex education course is now being offered by the university and it has found a way to prevent similar issues in the future—it will be held entirely online.
Dr. Teresa Woodruff, vice chair for research in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, designed the class as an overview of reproduction and other sexual topics for incoming freshmen, who likely received varying, inconsistent degrees of sexual education in their high schools. “This is everything first-year students need to know about sex and reproduction, and didn’t know to ask,” she explained in a press release.
As Sex 101 is being offered on Coursera, anyone—Northwestern student or not—can enroll regardless of age, location, or educational background. It will also be available free of charge, making it accessible for the widest possible audience.
“If you Google it, there’s nothing out there like this,” Dr. Woodruff told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Reproduction is one of those things where we don’t assemble the definitions, the fundamental science and the health outcomes in one place that is easily accessible to the public.”
Specific lecture titles outlined in the course description include Reproductive Anatomy & Hormones; Menstrual Cycle, Oocyte Maturation, & Sperm Activation; Sexual Biology, Fertilization, & Contraception; and Reproductive Health & Disorders. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the class will also cover sexual violence, a particularly critical topic for current university students. Supplemental written materials will be offered in addition to the video lectures.
Prior to creating Sex 101, Dr. Woodruff founded Repropedia, an online glossary of sexual health terminology explained in concise language. Some course materials will refer back to Repropedia so that students will have a safe, accurate resource to seek definitions of terms.
Dr. Woodruff’s course begins on Monday, September 28, and registration is open now. It’s unclear whether Northwestern students will receive school credit for completing the course, but scientifically accurate knowledge of basic human sexuality may be its own reward.
Photo via Anna Fischer-Dückelmann on Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Carrie Nelson is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Nelson’s reporting for the Daily Dot focused on LGBTQ issues, feminism, and internet culture.