Graduate Certificate in Sex, Health and Society: Semester 2, 2020 Applications Open

Now is the time to apply for our Graduate Certificate. Read why others have enrolled and find out how you can learn more.

The first intake for the course is now open, with enrolments closing in July.

Drawing on the latest research on sex, sexuality and health, students in the course will develop multi-disciplinary knowledge on human sexuality and its role in health and society. They will also discover how to create innovative programs and influence policies to improve the wellbeing of all communities.⁣⁣⁣

Lana Matafonov is one of the first students to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Sex, Health and Society.

“I have always been interested in working in sex education and empowering people to make the most informed choices regarding their sexual health and rights," she said.
"I lost my job earlier this year, and realised it was time for a career change. I thought about social work and found this course by chance. I couldn’t believe that a graduate certificate on sex, health and society existed. The fact that it was also running for the first time and commencing in July just felt serendipitous."
"Sex is a universal topic that affects all of us. In many ways, we are more informed about sexual health. Still, there are huge gaps and stigma around some issues and topics. I am interested in how we examine these issues from a health and wellbeing perspective, and how they impact different cultures, genders and identities.⁣⁣⁣
"I am looking forward to learning as much as I can in this field, and then focusing on how I can be part of the solution.”⁣⁣⁣
The course runs part-time over one year (60 credit points). Please note that fees listed on the La Trobe website are standardised to full time one year (120 credit points) - the total cost for the Graduate Certificate is half the amount listed for 120 credit hours. It comprises four subjects:

SHS4SR Research in Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health

Semester 2, 2020

Exploring the interdisciplinary field of sex research and critical sexuality studies, this subject:

  • critically examines the history and discourses of sex research and sexuality studies
  • analyses ethical issues unique to modern sex research and sexuality studies including methodology and human rights
  • will help students develop skills to evaluate sex research and sexuality studies to justify solutions in practice (e.g., education, therapy, program development, research development, etc.)
  • argues for the use of sex research and sexuality studies to address health and human rights issues (e.g., normalising diversity to address harmful stigma).

SHS4HS Principles of Human Sexuality

Semester 2, 2020

An introduction to multidisciplinary (history, sociology, biology, psychology, public health) knowledge of human sexuality. This subject will critically unpack:

  • the historical development of social, cultural and political attitudes about human sexuality
  • form and function to human sexuality
  • psycho-social sexual development
  • current trends in sexual behaviour and related health outcomes, e.g Sexually Transmitted Infections.

SHS4SC Sex, Sexuality & Sexual Health: Communication, Policy and Practice

Semester 1, 2021

An introduction to the role of communication, policy and practices to address issues in sex, sexuality and sexual health, this subject:

  • critically engages with an interdisciplinary view of the historical development of sex discourses in a variety of socio-cultural contexts
  • examines current trends in sex-related communications, policies and practices (e.g., health promotion)
  • includes practical development of an evidence-based, theoretically robust promotion program, including a communication strategy, supporting policy recommendations and program activities.

SHS4SD Sexual Bodies, Identities and Marginalisation

Semester 1, 2021

Examining diverse populations and issues across a spectrum of sexual bodies, identities and marginalisation (e.g., LGBTQIA+, disability, domestic violence, ageing), this subject:

  • critically appraises how sex and sexuality are socially constituted across diverse cultural contexts and within systems of power
  • integrates a multidisciplinary understanding of intersectionality to address sexual health and wellbeing of diverse populations
  • conducts high-level synthesis to recommend multi-faceted approaches to addressing complex issues in sex, sexuality and sexual health.

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