Sexology in a Contemporary Context - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Critique - Community of Prac Discussions (35%) , Paper - Reflection and Position Paper (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Contemporary issues in the understanding of human sexuality including the social determinants of sexual health. Students will investigate sexual difficulties, gender issues, sexual behaviours, culture and sexuality and sexuality for people with disabilities.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse the physical, emotional and behavioural aspects of sexuality
  2. communicate in professional and culturally sensitive ways about aspects of human sexuality
  3. evaluate and synthesise the literature on a contemporary topic in sexology.
  • Critique — Community of Prac Discussions (35%)
  • Paper — Reflection and Position Paper (40%)
  • Test — e-test (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Sexology and public health
2Sexuality through the lifespan
3Sexual behaviours
4Diverse sexuality and gender identity
5Reproductive health
6Sexual abuse
7Sexuality and disability
8Sexual difficulties
9International issues
10Indigenous issues

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Our Sexuality


    ISBN: 9781305646520


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Sexual Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

    By:Meredith Temple-Smith

    ISBN: 9780987290557


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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