Relationships and love can be tricky to navigate. Who should make the first move? Are men really more dominant? Are women the more conscientious half of a romantic couple? Throughout history, social scientists have explained the varying behaviors of men and women by citing social norms, cultural ideologies, and biology.

But now a Canadian university, Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, has introduced a class that challenges many stereotypes about the sexes. In the institution’s undergraduate course, Economics of Sex and Love, Professor Marina Adshade contends that mating behavior and human sexuality are less dictated by biology and more so by the economic situation of each party.

Using analytical and statistical tools, Adshade uses key principles of economics to teach about relationships, sex, and more. The class dives into economics and sexuality by discussing online dating, sex on college campuses, pornography, marriage systems, and even the relationship between sex and happiness.

For a complete look at Adshade’s university course, listen to our Upgraded by Hobsons podcast:


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