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EEH315 - Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Offering information:

Quotas apply to the Trimester 3 offering of this unit

Cohort rule:

Students must to be enrolled in an initial teacher education course

Unit chair:

Debbie Ollis

Prerequisite:

8 credit points of study

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

Trimester 2 - taught intensively for 6 weeks - weeks 1-6 x 6 hours per week for E377 students at Burwood (Melbourne) and Geelong (Waurn Ponds) 

Trimester 3 - intensive at Waterfront (Geelong) campus – 2015 dates: 18th –26th November &  16th Dec.  2016 dates TBA

Content

Sexuality does not suddenly emerge at secondary schools. Primary school age students live in a social context where they are exposed to messages about sexuality on a daily basis in the media through television, music, and advertising and from their peers. Sex is often joked about and discussed in derogatory or stereotypical ways. The correct information about human sexuality, including the positive aspects, is often kept hidden from children.

Generally children who receive a comprehensive sexuality education from an early age:

  • Understand and accept with confidence physical and emotional changes
  • Feel positive about their bodies
  • Appreciate individual difference
  • Are more likely to make informed and responsible sexual decisions in later life
  • Feel good about themselves and their gender
  • Are capable of communicating about sexual matters
  • Understand appropriate and inappropriate behaviour
  • Are less vulnerable to exploitation and sexual abuse (Family Planning, Queensland 1996).

Sexuality education can be confronting and challenging for teachers and currently there is very little professional development in the area of health and sexuality education, particularly for primary teachers. Current programs in primary schools are often taken by outside agencies in one off blocks. This approach does not provide any continuity in teaching and goes against research that suggests classroom teachers are the best people to teach sexuality education. Research also indicates that secondary school teachers find this a difficult area to teach. Graduating teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to integrate sexuality education content, issues and activities in health education programs in line with the Victorian Curriculum and student wellbeing policies and practice. Teachers need skills to provide effective teaching and learning activities, assess resources, deal with potentially sensitive issues with students and allay possible parental concerns. This unit is taught in intensive mode and includes the following content:

  • Setting the context: the current situation;
  • Discourses in sexuality education;
  • Physiological aspects of sex and sexual health;
  • Frameworks and policies;
  • Gender and sexuality;
  • Gender and sexual diversity;
  • Cultural and religious diversity;
  • Developing age appropriate approaches;
  • Dealing with sensitive issues;
  • Whole school approaches to sexuality education.

Assessment

Micro-teaching presentation, 50%, 2000 words equivalent

Resource Development, 50%, 2000 words

Unit Fee Information

If you are:

Domestic

  • in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate full fee paying student - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

International

  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

Course based calculation

Your unit tuition fees are based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.


Unit based calculation

Your tuition fees are calculated on the units you enrol in. This means your fees are based on the units you choose to study and not a fixed course price. The tuition fees for this unit are displayed in the table below:


Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$782$625$2526$2691

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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