A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality
A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality

A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality

Lead Author(s): Matthew Numer, Nicole McNichols

Student Price: $86.00

A modern, comprehensive and research-based exploration of human sexuality that incorporates real life perspectives on contemporary issues.

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Key features in this textbook

Human Sexualiuty includes Spotlight Stories: Audio interviews that relate text content to the real world, including an interview with Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.
25-40 built-in assessment questions embedded in each chapter, as well as comprehensive test banks for students to test their knowledge.
Full set of slide decks aligned to each chapter of the book; each deck comes with interactive questions, videos and eye-catching visuals.

Comparison of Human Sexuality Textbooks

Consider adding Top Hat’s A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality textbook to your upcoming course. We’ve put together a textbook comparison to make it easy for you in your upcoming evaluation.

Top Hat

Nicole McNichols, Matthew Numer, “A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality”, Only One Edition needed

Oxford Press

Baldwin, Janice & John Baldwin & Simon LeVay, Discovering Human Sexuality (3rd ed.)

McGraw-Hill

Hyde, Janet and John DeLamater, Understanding Human Sexuality (13th ed.)

Pearson

Hock, Roger R., Human Sexuality (4th ed.)

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

$86

Accessible on any device for lifetime access

$67.95

E-book

$169.95

Hardcover print text only

$90

E-book

$180

Hardcover print text only

$199.95

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Content meets standard for Human Sexuality. Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

In-Book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

Nicole McNichols, Matthew Numer, “A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality”, Only One Edition needed

$86

Accessible on any device for life

Oxford Press

Baldwin, Janice & John Baldwin & Simon LeVay, Discovering Human Sexuality (3rd ed.)

$67.95

E-book

$169.95

Hardcover print text only

McGraw-Hill

Hyde, Janet and John DeLamater, Understanding Human Sexuality (13th ed.)

$90

E-book

$180

Hardcover print text only

Pearson

Hock, Roger R., Human Sexuality (4th ed.)

$199.95

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

Nicole McNichols, Matthew Numer, “A Critical Introduction to Human Sexuality”, Only One Edition needed

Oxford Press

Baldwin, Janice & John Baldwin & Simon LeVay, Discovering Human Sexuality (3rd ed.)

McGraw-Hill

Hyde, Janet and John DeLamater, Understanding Human Sexuality (13th ed.)

Pearson

Hock, Roger R., Human Sexuality (4th ed.)

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

John Redden & Joe Crivello, Human Physiology, Only One Edition needed

Oxford Press

Baldwin, Janice & John Baldwin & Simon LeVay, Discovering Human Sexuality (3rd ed.)

McGraw-Hill

Hyde, Janet and John DeLamater, Understanding Human Sexuality (13th ed.)

Pearson

Stuart Fox, Human Physiology (14th ed.)

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

John Redden & Joe Crivello, Human Physiology, Only One Edition needed

Oxford Press

Baldwin, Janice & John Baldwin & Simon LeVay, Discovering Human Sexuality (3rd ed.)

McGraw-Hill

Hyde, Janet and John DeLamater, Understanding Human Sexuality (13th ed.)

Pearson

Hock, Roger R., Human Sexuality (4th ed.)

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

John Redden & Joe Crivello, Human Physiology, Only One Edition needed

Oxford Press

Baldwin, Janice & John Baldwin & Simon LeVay, Discovering Human Sexuality (3rd ed.)

McGraw-Hill

Hyde, Janet and John DeLamater, Understanding Human Sexuality (13th ed.)

Pearson

Hock, Roger R., Human Sexuality (4th ed.)

About this textbook

Lead Author

Nicole McNichols, Ph.DUniversity of Washington

Nicole McNichols is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also received her PhD in Social Psychology. Over the past five years, Nicole has built her class, The Diversity of Human Sexuality, into the University of Washington’s largest and most popular undergraduate course with over two thousand enrolled students each year. Nicole is frequently a guest lecturer and speaker regarding topics in human sexuality. She was at the forefront of the University of Washington’s push to adopt and develop active learning techniques and technologies to bring scientific subject matter to life in the classroom. Nicole is an active member of a variety of societies for teaching human sexuality and was recently the keynote speaker at the University of Washington’s Psychology graduation. Nicole received her BA from Cornell University and her MA from NYU.

Lead Author

Matthew Numer, Ph.DDalhousie University

Matthew Numer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and cross-appointed to the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. He has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his work in the areas of gender, sex and sexuality. His research interests include substance use, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men’s health, sexual health, online technologies, LGBTQ2S health, masculinities, Indigenous boys’ and men’s health, and post-secondary pedagogical practices. He has received numerous awards for his interactive teaching methods and is widely known as an innovator in the classroom. He is the former Chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, was a member of the board of directors for the Halifax Sexual Health Centre for eight years, and currently serves on the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia: Gay Men’s Health Advisory Committee.

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Welcome to Human Sexuality!

Hi there! Welcome to your new interactive Human Sexuality textbook! We hope you have a great experience with this course and this textbook. To start, we would like to introduce you to some of the features so that you are comfortable using it this semester.

Interactive Questions

Among the things you will frequently encounter in this textbook are embedded questions. Depending on your professor, these may be graded for participation or correctness. Let's take at some examples:

1) Multiple Choice: Simply click on the correct answer and then click "Submit". If there is more than one correct answer, it will be specified in the question.

Multiple Choice Example

Which of the following is NOT a fruit?

A

Apple

B

Orange

C

Cucumber

D

Pear


​2) Word Answer and Fill in the Blank: Just type your answer into the text box and click "Submit".

Word Answer Example

This is a textbook written about human _________.


​3) Matching Question: Click on an item in the left-hand column, and then click on its match in the right-hand column to align them.  The remaining options in the right-hand column will reshuffle. 

Matching Example

Match each fruit to its correct color:

Premise
Response
1

Red

A

Apple

2

Yellow

B

Lime

3

Green

C

Banana


​4) Sorting Question: Drag the options into the proper order.

Sorting Question Example

Sort these numbers from lowest to highest

A

2

B

1

C

4

D

3


​5) Discussion Question: These are long-form, typed responses that are submitted and read by your professor.

Discussion Question Example

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of eating vegetables.


Call Out Sections

There are two types of call out section to look out for within each chapter, which will support your learning in different ways. They are each highlighted by a different banner, detailed below.

​Throughout the textbook, you will see this Spotlight Stories banner, which indicates sections that contain interviews from everyday people who are impacted by the topics you are learning about.  There will be one in every chapter along with 3-5 discussion questions to help you reflect and deepen your understanding of the content.


You will also see this banner, which introduces real-world examples of the topics you are learning about. The Reality Check sections will usually provide an example or outside source for you to visit, along with a few questions to help test your understanding. 


Interactive Diagrams

Throughout the book  you may come across interactive diagrams. These will have interactive circles on them, which will appear when you hover over the image with your mouse. Hovering over the circles themselves will cause a definition, video, photo, or article to pop up, to enhance your understanding of the topic.​


In-Chapter Feedback

Above is a picture of the Optional Feedback Survey at the end of each chapter. ​​​

​We would love to hear your feedback about the text! We take every comment into consideration when thinking about how to make the text better, and regularly release updates based on what we hear from you.

At the end of every chapter, there is a survey like the one pictured to the right that you can fill out to ask questions, or report any issues. This survey is entirely optional and the responses are sent to Top Hat, not your professor.



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