Sexuality and Developmental Disability (GSDD5016)


This unit will provide students with knowledge about the sexual lives of people with developmental disability. Students will become aware of the range of sexual issues that people with developmental disability face across the lifespan. The issues include sexual health and hygiene, legal and ethical issues, masturbation, use of pornography, sexual opportunities and choices, pregnancy and contraception, sexual abuse, sexual offending, sex education, use of sex workers, and the policy framework of disability services. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyse approaches/programs and formal services in relation to the sexual lives of people with a developmental disability, their family members, carers or advocates and assist them to understand, appreciate and support the realisation of a healthy sexual life for people with developmental disability.

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Web-based training: no on-campus attendance required


Assignment 1 (35%), Assignment 2 (45%) and participation in online discussion groups (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

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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.