Young People, Sex and Sexual Health (EDGU1004)


Sex and sexuality are concepts that generate much debate across educational, health and other institutional settings. These debates are mediated by historical perceptions of sex, sexuality, childhood and youth, and by complex social and cultural factors that shape contemporary living. Constructions of childhood, youth and sexuality shape approaches and pedagogies of sexual health in schools and other educational settings. This unit will critically consider sex, sexuality and understandings of sexual health from a range of historical, sociological, psychological, educational and public health perspectives. Students will explore how these varied approaches construct and constrain young people's sexual identities and shape approaches to sexual health education. Throughout the unit students examine the complex intersections between sex and sexuality and issues of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, social class, religion, geographic locatedness, asking how these relationships limit or enable young people's access to knowledge and their citizenship rights.

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Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/wk for 12 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks


1x 1000 wd online task (20%), 1x2000wd online task (30%) and 1x3000 wd essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.