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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sexual Health
Module Code NS218
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tracey Harrington
Semester 2: Tracey Harrington
Autumn: Tracey Harrington
Module TeachersTracey Harrington
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to debates about sexuality, sexual identities, gender identities, sexual orientation and sexual health in society.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the field of sexuality studies within a sociological perspective
2. Describe the social theories about sexuality and how they relate to current debates about sexuality and sexual health
3. Discuss of how religion, family, culture, ethnicity and gender influence our concepts and theoretical approaches to the study of sexuality in a changing Ireland.
4. Explain the theories and principles of sexual health & sexual health promotion

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24In class learning
Online activity10Interaction between students and lecturer
Independent Study55Reading for understanding
Independent Study34Students devising their own learning strategies
Total Workload: 123

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to sexuality studies & sexual health
Overview of module

Socio-historical developments in sexuality and sexual health
The development of sexuality studies. Sexuality attitudes/ knowledge and practices. Theoretical influences. Definition of sexuality. Defining sexual health.

Sexual identities & communities
What are sexual identities? Heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual or any other. Impact of Heteronormativity. How does sexual identity affect individuals. Sexual expression. Sexual communities.

Culture,gender and sexuality
Exploration of the interaction between culture and sexuality. Gender expectations within different societies/cultures.The sociology of gender. Is there a maleness and femaleness to sexuality Transgender issues Gender Recognition

The politics of sexuality
Using HIV/AIDS as an example where the private meets the public and becomes political. Contemporary issues of concern in relation to sexuality

Sexual health
Importance of sexual health and how it relates to concept of health. Sexually Transmitted Infections. Sexual health promotion. Sexual Consent. Sexual health across the lifespan

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Gargi Bhattacharyya: 2002, Sexuality and Society: An Introduction, 8, Routledge, London, 041522903
  • P. Aggleton, P. Boyce, H. L. Moore, R. Parker (Eds.): 2012, Understanding New Sexualities, Routledge, 9780415673471
  • Jackson, Stevi; Scott, Sue; Ray, Larry: 2010, Theorizing sexuality, McGraw-Hill : Open University Press,
  • edited by Michael S. Kimmel, Rebecca F. Plante: 2004, Sexualities: Idenitites, Behaviours and Society, 10, Oxford University Press, New York, 0195157605
  • Parker, Richard G.: 2007, Culture, society and sexuality, 2nd ed., Routledge, New York, 0415404568
  • translated and with an introduction by Guy Oakes: 1984, Georg Simmel, on women, sexuality, and love, Yale University Press, New Haven, 0300039344
  • edited by Phillip L. Hammack and Bertram J. Cohler: 2009, The story of sexual identity, Oxford University Press, New York ; Oxford, 9780195326789
  • Wellings K, Mitchell K & Collumbien M: 2012, Sexual Health a Public Health Perspective., Open University Press,
  • edited by Mike Cole: 2006, Education, equality and human rights, Routledge, London, 0415356601
  • Peterson, Nicholas E; Campbell, Whitney: 2012, Handbook on Sexuality: Perspectives, Issues and Role in Society,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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BHSBachelor of Science in Health & Society
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology
Date of Last Revision24-JAN-12

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