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This course examines current debates, issues and practices of sexuality education. Students will explore the historical and contemporary influences on the delivery of sexuality education and develop knowledge in relation to sexuality and sexual health practices. A focus will be on examining and reframing debates around the nature of sexuality education content and delivery underpinned by an exploration of ethical values and mental health. Topics will include interpersonal skills to enhance relationships, pleasure pedagogy, relationships, gender, the sex industry, sexuality and disability, safer sex practices, the role of the media, strategies for enhancing sexual health and a positive sexuality.
1. Identify theoretical concepts, current research and best practices that underpin effective sexuality education and sexual health promotion.2. Demonstrate an extensive knowledge base of sexuality and sexual health content.3. Demonstrate a variety of skills and strategies designed to develop a healthy sexuality across all age groups in Aotearoa/New Zealand.4. Develop culturally appropriate communication methods and techniques for specific groups and settings.5. Critically evaluate the impact of socio-cultural factors, including media/technology/online material on the sexuality and sexual health of people across a range of cultures.6. Identify and critique a wide range of health education strategies, including online health promotion tools and community agencies that support positive sexuality.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
HLED121 orHLED122 orHLTH101
Students must attend one activity from each section.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_dishonest_practice.shtml).Assessment and grading systemAssignments are graded on the University of Canterbury Grading Scale: Grade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A pass is 50 marks or over.
Attendance at class sessions is expected throughout the course. Students must attend and participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes. Students and staff are expected to behave in a professional manner during class i.e. arrive on time, refrain from mobile phone use and inform the lecturer if they must leave early. Due to the practical nature of HLED courses, the lecturer reserves the right to determine that insufficient attendance has affected a student’s ability to meet learning outcomes.
Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will incur a penalty of 10% per day of the original grade. Days late include weekend and holidays. Work will not be marked after 5 days. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after assignments have been returned.
Written assignments must be word processed. Assignments will be submitted electronically. Keep a copy of all assignments.
Under exceptional circumstances (eg illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor is required.
Resubmissions of assignments are not permitted in this course.
Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll and Tracy Clelland are in charge of liaison with students in the undergraduate health sciences courses as the BHSc programme coordinators in the School of Health Sciences. Your class will appoint a student representative to the liaison committee at the start of the semester. Please feel free to talk to the Academic Liaison or the student rep about any problems or concerns that you might have.
Students with disabilities may access the University’s Disability Resource Service to access support. Further information can be found on their website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/
Students should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their grades. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of School, Health Sciences. If you remain unhappy with the result of any of your assignments, examination, or your final course grade, you may appeal against that result. See: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/results.shtmlFor up to four weeks after the release of results a candidate may apply to the Examination Arrangements Senior Co-ordinator (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/contacts.shtml) for a Reconsideration of Grade. The reconsideration will normally consist of a re-marking and re-counting of the final exam script, together with a recount of the marks awarded for any other items of work. If you have extenuating circumstances which affected your performance in your examination, you should view the information on Special Considerations (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml).
Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system dropbox in the Learn (Moodle) class site by 11:55pm on or before the due date. All assessments will be subjected to the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) If you require assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0800 763 676 ext 6060.The lecturer will inform the class if a hard-copy of any assessment is required.
Domestic fee $788.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences