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. At the end of the unit students will 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. 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. (vii) Describe the role of cultural/religious values on sexuality and sexual functioning.

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On-line plus block/intensive mode 4 days 9am-5pm


2x group work tasks (15%, 15%); online quiz (20%); 2x 1500 word assignments (20%, 20%); discussion board involvement (10%).


Prescribed: J R Howard (ed), Helping People With Sexual Problems, IP Communications (2010); Recommended: J Bancroft (ed), Human Sexuality and Its Problems (3rd ed), Churchill Livingstone (2008);

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