Dimensions of Human Sexuality

PSY20009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020 

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to a variety of biological, psychological, and psychosocial dimensions of human sexuality. Students will design a program evaluation of, or information tool in, the sexuality domain and develop an understanding of how biological, psychological, and psychosocial factors can influence sexual behaviour.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain key aspects of research methodology in the context of research into human sexuality, particularly those pertaining to research ethics,    including an ability to compare the validity of different methodologies for exploring various research questions in the area of human sexuality.
2. Explain the biological dimensions that impact on sexuality.
3. Compare and contrast the physical and psychological aspects of sexual health and dysfunctions.
4. Describe sexual development over the lifecycle and explain the reasons for changes.
5. Discuss some of the social issues surrounding sexuality and analyse these issues in term physical and psychological factors underpinning    sexuality.