Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies


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Toni Serafini
Associate Professor
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Welcome to the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies

Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF) provides students with opportunities to explore the research and theory about human sexuality and relationships from a wide range of disciplines and across the humanities and social sciences.


Many courses in SMF promote interdisciplinary scholarship, and adopt a social justice perspective that challenges students to think critically about often overlooked subjects: human interactions within relational, sexual, and societal contexts;  basic anatomical knowledge and sexual health; the formation and maintenance of relationships; parenting skills; the impact of culture on sexual and family-related values, ideas, and attitudes; the impact of media on our understanding of gender, sexuality, and relationships; sexuality education; attitudes toward sexualities; the effects of pornography on societal attitudes; family conflict and its escalation to violence; sexual problems or difficulties; and couple, family, and sex therapy.


This provides an excellent foundation for historical, theoretical, and ethical discussions around many exciting topics, such as the role of major discourses (e.g., media, law, medicine, religion) in shaping our perspectives on sexuality and relationships, the ways that our identities are formed and how these shape our interactions in the world, and the role of education around sexuality and relationships in Canada and the broader global context.

The SMF Research Symposium is an annual conference hosted by the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF). The symposium is a one-day conference that highlights student and faculty research dealing generally with relationships, families, and human sexuality.


Symposium was first launched in 2009 by SMF faculty and students to bring together an academic community of shared interests in scholarship and research. It is our hope that it will continue to serve as a forum for growth and development within the fields of sexuality, relationships, and families, as well as provide a space for future innovations and professional exploration.


Everyone is welcome to register and participate in this conference! Click here to find out more about the 2019 SMF Symposium.




Each year the Symposium organizing committee puts a call for proposals out to the academic and local community. If you are interested in being considered as a presenter for this conference, please contact Toni Serafini for more information about submitting your proposal at


Deadline for this year's proposals: Monday, February 25, 2019