Sexology refers to the scientific study of human sexuality. Specific focal areas include human reproduction; sexual rights and consent; diversity of sex, gender and sexuality; and population health responses to sexual health challenges. The study of love, sexual emotions, human relationships, human sexual response, criminal sexual behaviour, sexual function, and sexual pleasure are more recent endeavours in the field.
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Students in our programs study all the above topics, plus issues of legality, values, law reform, sex trafficking, sexual changes throughout life, diversity, gender, fetishes, desire, fixations, arousal, disease, erotica, cross cultural sexual practices, and much more.
We aim to develop sexological skills in the areas of education, therapy and research; and to support professionals who can challenge shame, stigma and discrimination as it relates to sexual health. Our programs draw upon the latest research, provide access to guest presenters from around the world, and are delivered by an academic team who all remain active in the field.
Our postgraduate program attracts students from a diverse range of backgrounds, who are seeking to complement their professional roles with fundamental skills in sexological practice. Graduates have established careers in the fields of sex therapy, sex education and consultancy, child and elder protection, sexual health policy development, human rights, disability, cyber-safety training, health promotion, youth work, academia, medical management, risk management, forensic assessment, group work, sexual research, cross-cultural work, international programs, population management, organisation management, and many others.
Graduates are eligible for general membership of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. (SAS), which is affiliated to the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). Graduates may also obtain a specialist title as a Psychosexual Therapist or Sexuality Educator if they address the accreditation criteria. Australian accreditation standards are comparable to the standards set by international accreditation bodies such as the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in the United States, and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) in the United Kingdom. International students are encouraged to check the accreditation requirements for such titles in their respective countries.
The Curtin University Sexology teaching and research program was established in 1978, by Professor Rosemary Coates AO, and has continued to lead the way in sexological education and research in Australia. It was the first university program to be awarded the World Association for Sexual Health ‘Award for Excellence & Innovation in Sexuality Education.’
Our academic team collaborates extensively with local, state, national and international programs in health promotion, therapy, epidemiology, education and evaluation, research, policy development, and human rights advocacy. The School of Population Health provides world-class facilities for teaching and research and is an ideal environment for student learning.
Entry into the undergraduate units
There are two undergraduate sexology units and any student at Curtin University is eligible to enrol in them if their course allows it. We also welcome students from other universities who may wish to access these units via a cross-institutional enrolment. Please speak to your Course Coordinator if you have any queries.
Entry into the postgraduate courses
We currently offer a Graduate Diploma of Sexology and a Masters of Sexology. Applicants require a recognised bachelor degree in a related health profession, such as medical, social work or welfare studies, theology, education, health promotion, health sciences, psychology, sociology, anthropology, biological sciences or related disciplines. Additional admission criteria may also apply.
Applications can be made at any time for all postgraduate programs. We offer part-time and mid-year enrolments.
We also welcome students from other universities who may wish to access one of our postgraduate units via a cross-institutional enrolment. Please speak to your Course Coordinator if you have any queries.
Entry into higher degree by research courses
We welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone who may be considering a higher degree by research and would like to conduct research with a sexology focus. Please view the higher degree by research webpage for more information. This page also includes some information about possible scholarships. We also recommend you identify a possible supervisor before applying.
Flexible tuition patterns
Sexology postgraduate courses at Curtin University embrace a mixed tuition pattern. This means that, depending on the unit, we deliver in a variety of ways such as face-to-face weekly, fully online, blended synchronous, and one-week block intensive. We do this so that you can tailor your study to a tuition pattern that suits you best. It also means that regional, interstate and international students do not have to relocate to Perth unless they choose to. We always encourage our students to attend the Curtin Perth campus and participate in weekly lectures, tutorials or seminars; or the one-week block intensives. However, online options are available if you are unable to travel.
The one-week block intensives are a unique tuition pattern for our courses. Attendance during a one-week block intensive is compulsory, either face-to-face at the Curtin Perth campus or online if you are unable to travel.
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