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GD-SXLGY

Sexology

Graduate diploma

Protect and support the sexual health of communities.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Sexology
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
    200
  • CRICOS
    068615G
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

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12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Sexology at Curtin?

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Sexology

Outline

Outline

This course builds on the knowledge and skills you gained in the graduate certificate and progresses to the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality and various research methods.

You’ll have access to the same range of units as the graduate certificate, allowing you to review different attitudes and values, and learn about sexual and reproductive public health issues, forensic sexology, and sexology from various cultural perspectives. However, since you’ll be required to study more units, you will gain a more comprehensive understanding of human sexuality.

You will also learn about health research methods, to build your capabilities in data analysis, reporting techniques and ethical considerations when researching.

After successfully completing this course, you may enrol in 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.

What jobs can the Graduate Diploma in Sexology lead to?

Industries

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

What you'll learn

  • apply sexological and relevant public health knowledge to protect, maintain and restore the health of communities
  • interpret and critically analyse topics and issues relevant to sexology; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to promote healthy human sexuality
  • access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to the practice of sexology; demonstrate skills in ethical reasoning
  • communicate with professionals and community members to promote sexology using effective written and oral communication, and disseminate sexological research to academic and professional audiences
  • effectively use new and existing technologies to gather information, analyse data and communicate; collect and manage information ethically and effectively
  • demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning and professional development in the field of sexology
  • recognise and apply international perspectives and principles to sexology
  • demonstrate understanding and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
  • work professionally and ethically across a range of settings; demonstrate an advanced level of independence and leadership

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 supervision 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.

I believe the best way to address issues like domestic violence and child sex abuse is through prevention and education, and that’s why I decided to undertake a postgraduate degree in sexology. The course is interesting because it encompasses history, psychology, arts, education, health, research, science, counselling, criminology and more.

Jordina Quain

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

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.

You will also be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for a Graduate Diploma in Sexology (GD-SXLGY).

Please note: due to unit prerequisites, if you commence this course in semester two you’ll only be able to enrol in one unit.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $24,071*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
  • Partially online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
  • Partially online

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
  • Partially online

2025

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

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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

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