Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Young People and Sexuality

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION Debates about the sexuality of young people are considered sensitive and controversial, because of political, ethical and moral connotations. This unit acknowledges the complexities related to young people’s sexual activity. It focuses on factors surrounding young people’s sexual well being and health.

It discusses the dynamics involved in sexual relationships and key issues, such as the meanings young people ascribe to sexuality, sexual pleasure, birth control, sexual orientation, and adolescent pregnancy.

These topics are examined through competing discourses, which operate around the different understandings of sexuality. Social and psychological factors, which influence young people’s perceptions of sexuality and sexual behaviour are also discussed. The unit tackles sexuality education in relation to youth work practices.

Study-unit Aims

To introduce the understanding of sexuality as an integral and relevant aspect to professional education in youth work.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) comprehend the behaviour, belief and attitudes paradigm;
(b) have a good working knowledge of the various theories of sexuality;
(c) comprehend the social and psychological influences on sexuality;
(d) have a sound background in the etiology of STIs and HIV.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) critically debate the salient themes at stake;
(b) engage with the subject matter academically;
(c) be able to apply the concepts to interventions and prevention with young people in the local context.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

Alldred, P., & David, M. (2007). Get Real About Sex: The Politics and Practice of Sex Education. Berkshire UK: Open University Press. [unavailable]
Allen, L. (2011). Young People and Sexuality Education: Rethinking Key Debates. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [unavailable]
Allen, L. (2005). Sexual subjects: Young people, sexuality and education. Palgrave Macmillan. [available]
Bancroft, J. (2009) Human sexuality and its problems (3rd edition). Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. [available]
Carroll, J. L. (2010) Sexuality now: Embracing diversity (3rd edition). Wadsworth Cengage Learning. [available]
Foucault, M. (1985). The History of Sexuality Vol. 1. Penguin. [available]
Foucault, M. (1985). The History of Sexuality Vol. 2. Viking. [available]
Foucault, M. (1985). The History of Sexuality Vol. 3. Penguin. [available]
Rahman, M. & Jackson S. (2010) Gender and Sexuality: Sociological approaches. Polity. [available]
Schalet, A. T. (2011) Not under my roof parents, teens, and the culture of sex. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press. [available]

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joanne Cassar

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