PSYC3015 Social and psychological approaches to understanding sexual health
This module is designed to enable and encourage students to apply social psychological and related methods and theories to various aspects of sexual health, and to explore the extent to which such approaches can be used to inform policy debates regarding possible interventions to reduce negative outcomes.
Aims and objectives
To enable and encourage students to apply social psychological and related methods and theories to various aspects of sexual health, and to explore the extent to which such approaches can be used to inform policy debates regarding possible interventions to reduce negative outcomes.
Much research has been carried out in the field of sexual health over the past few years, some of it in this department. Amongst issues of concern are unintended conceptions (especially amongst teenagers), abortion choices, contraception side effects, sex and relationships education, HIV and other STIs, and so on. In this course, emphasis is given to lessons learned from the research and how these may be applied in intervention programmes and policy development of various kinds.
Students will learn how to appreciate the importance of adopting a careful and systematic theoretical and empirical approach to real life social issues.
Learning and teaching
Study time allocation
Contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study time: 150 hours
Teaching and learning methods
Each week, groups of students deliver a presentation based on their reading on specified subjects, using PowerPoint and other aids if desired. The presentation is followed by a discussion of the key issues raised. Although the tutors are active in steering the discussion and ensuring that the main issues are covered, members of this seminar course are expected to take an active role in proceedings. Groups also prepare a follow up piece of work based on the topic under discussion. Full details are provided in the course book.
Resources and reading list
There is no one set text for this course. Books, reports and journal articles are indicated on weekly reading lists as starting points, but students are encouraged to search for further material as appropriate. An example of a suitable reading is …
Wellings, K., Mitchell, K. & Collumbien, M. (eds.) (2012) Sexual Health; A public health perspective. Milton Keynes, Open University Press.
… and various journals as specified in the course book.
The group coursework (presentation and follow up work) accounts for 40% of the module marks, while the final exam accounts for the remaining 59% of the mark. Details of the coursework will be given at the start of the course. Research participation counts for 1%.