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GC-SXLGY

Graduate Certificate in Sexology

Graduate certificate

Gain foundational knowledge in sexology principles and concepts.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Sexology
  • Duration
    6 months full-time
  • Credit
    100
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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2022

Semester 2

On campus and online and partially online

2023

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2024

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2025

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

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Outline

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In this course, you’ll develop a strong understanding of human sexuality. It is ideal for students who have a health or education background and who want to expand their skill sets to challenge shame, stigma and discrimination relating to sexual health.

You'll learn important foundational concepts, theories and frameworks related to human sexuality, and be given an opportunity to consider your own attitudes and values.

You’ll also customise your course to suit your interests, choosing two optional units from the following topics: sexological education, sexual and reproductive health, forensic sexology, culture and contemporary sexology, sexological practice and sexology challenges and opportunities.

After successfully completing this course, you may progress to the graduate diploma and then the master degree.

Note: media material of a sexually graphic nature is utilised in this course. Please refer to the handbook for additional course information.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course information.

 

Why study

  • You can tailor your career by integrating knowledge of the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality into your professional discipline.
  • This course maintains excellent professional affiliations. It attracts a variety of guest speakers who are locally, nationally and internationally renowned for their work in sexology.
  • In addition to teaching, all Curtin staff perform other professional duties, including health promotion, psychotherapy, community education, research and advocacy, which complements their instruction.

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS), which is a member of the World Association for Sexual Health. You may obtain a specialist title as a psychosexual therapist or sexuality educator from SAS after completing the additional accreditation requirements. The requirements to use these titles in other countries may differ.

Note: This course is not accredited by a counselling or psychology body. Students who are interested in working in these areas should complete a course recognised by peak bodies such as the Australian Counselling Association or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Career information

  • Sex therapy
  • Human rights
  • Disability
  • Health promotion
  • Youth work
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Allied health

What you'll learn

  • Apply sexological knowledge, principles and concepts to research and practice.
  • Reflect, interpret and critically analyse topics and issues relevant to sexology.
  • Access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to research and practice of sexology.
  • Effectively communicate an understanding of sexological issues and topics.
  • Use appropriate technologies to gather information and communicate regarding topics and issues relevant to sexology.
  • Demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning in the study of sexology.
  • Recognise and apply international perspectives and principles to sexology.
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for human sexual rights and cultural diversity in relation to sexual attitudes, values and practices.
  • Evaluate and apply relevant professional skills to research and practice in sexology.

Admission criteria

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://study.curtin.edu.au/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Students without a degree from a recognised tertiary institution must have at least three years work experience in a relevant field OR may be asked to undertake additional study in their first semester that will be set on a case-by-case basis (e.g. Post Entry Language Assessment or other university online modules). Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met. Ideally, applicants require a recognised degree in one of the health professions, social work or welfare studies, psychology, theology, education, behavioural sciences, including sociology, anthropology or biological sciences or related areas. Applicant interviews will be conducted where required.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
  • Partially online

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 4.30pm, except Tues: 9.30am – 4.30pm (AWST). Closed public holidays.
  • Curtin course code: GC-SXLGY
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022