Variations in Sexual Function (SEXH5404)


This unit will provide students an evidence-based approach to understand human sexual response; appreciate sexual functioning of abled and differently abled people across the lifespan; and equip students with adequate knowledge and skills to identify and manage a number of sexual concerns/problems/dysfunctions in both men and women. On completion of this unit, students should be able to: (i) Evaluate the concept of 'normality' in sexual functioning; (ii) Appreciate the role of sexual (health) literacy in achieving sexual health; (iii) Analyse different human sexual response models and how it influences our understanding of sexual functioning and understand the male and female sexual response cycle and factors that affect this; (iv) Describe a number of common male and female sexual dysfunctions and clinical presentations of each; (v) Evaluate the management options for a range of common sexual dysfunctions in both men and women; (vi) Recognise the role/influence of ageing and different ability (physical and intellectual) in sexual functioning; and (vii) Describe the role of cultural/religious values on sexuality and sexual functioning.

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Online plus block intensive mode, 4 days, 9am-5pm


Discussion board participation (10%); 2 x online quizzes (30%); 2 x 1500 word essays (40%); 1 x group work task (20%)


Prescribed: John P. Wincze and Risa B. Weisberg, Sexual Dysfunction: A Guide for Assessment and Treatment (3rd ed), Guildford Press (2015); Recommended: J Bancroft (ed), Human Sexuality and Its Problems (3rd ed), Churchill Livingstone (2008).

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