AP1854: Sexual Maturation

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 16, Max 22.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for thismodule will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 3 x 4hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 2day(s) Workshops (12 hours)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Ace.
Module Objective: To provide participants with opportunities to explore their own sexuality; to examine the remote and present contexts that influence their current level of sexual functioning; to explore the nature of sexual difficulties and the endocrinological, sociobiological and psychological bases to these conditions; to consider different therapeutic approaches to sexual difficulties.
Module Content: Self and sexuality; Early experiences of sexuality; Current experience of sexuality; Exploration of meanings attached to sexuality; Defensive sexual expression; Open sexual expression; Common sexual difficulties; Therapeutic approaches; Safe holding of sexuality for children and adolescents.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify and explain mature sexual expression and sexual repression and suppression.
  • Track the origin of their own sexual responses and help otheres to do this as well.
  • Describe the influence of family, church, school and the media on sexual attitudes and behaviour.
  • Describe and explain normal sexual functioning and common sexual difficulties.
  • Describe and explain the different therapeutic approaches to sexual difficulties.
  • Give a presentation on the safe holding of sexuality for children, adolescents and adults.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator.).

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