Human sexuality is a necessary course to take to learn about the importance of reproductive health and our psychological well-being. Not only does the subject help explain psychological and biological motivations, but it’s also an important course for those looking to pursue a career in public health, public policy and counselling.

The study of human sexuality is a continually evolving field, and the results of ongoing scholarship provide valuable classroom learnings to the millions of students who will become social workers, activists, child development specialists and more.

Here, we look at how Top Hat’s always up-to-date human sexuality textbook stacks up against the most recent versions available from legacy publishers.

A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality

1. A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality | Top Hat

Authors: Nicole McNichols (University of Washington) and Matthew Numer (Dalhousie University)

In Top Hat’s textbook, the subject extends beyond the page with audio interviews and interactive, pre-designed questions. Built-in assessment questions help students test their knowledge of the material.

Average Price: $86
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Discovering Human Sexuality

2. Discovering Human Sexuality | Oxford Press

Authors: Simon LeVay (Stanford University), Janice Baldwin (University of California, Santa Barbara) and John Baldwin (University of California, Santa Barbara)

The 4th edition of Oxford Press’ Discovering Human Sexuality helps students understand sexual orientation, offers context for popular media stories, and a chapter devoted for sexually transmitted diseases.

Average Price: $144 (text only)
Edition: 4th edition
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Understanding Human Sexuality

3. Understanding Human Sexuality | McGraw-Hill

Authors: Janet S. Hyde (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and John D. DeLamater (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The latest edition of this textbook helps students build upon their critical thinking skills and reviews various perspectives of sexuality, including the biological, psychological and sociological aspects. Access to online platform Connect sold separately.

Average Price: $90 (e-book)
Edition: 13th edition
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Human Sexuality

4. Human Sexuality | Pearson

Author: Roger R. Hock (Mendocino College)

Pearson’s tome aims to make meaningful connections from the course content to students’ lives, ensures diverse groups are included, and also features contemporary issues that make today’s headlines. Access to online learning platform MyLab Psychology sold separately.

Average Price: $59 (subscription-based e-book)
Edition: 4th edition
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Learn more and get a preview of Top Hat’s human sexuality textbook here.