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Graduate Certificate in Sexology
- Graduate Certificate in Sexology
The course is one semester full-time study and may be completed with equivalent part-time study. There are two intakes each year in February and July. Mid year commencement is available but applicants should be aware that minimum completion time would be 12 months. Some units within the course will be taught as a block intensive where students are required to attend a full week workshop either in-person or online. Australian citizens and permanent residents may have the choice of full-time or part-time study.
- 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Gain foundational knowledge in sexology principles and concepts.
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In this course, you’ll develop a strong understanding of human sexuality. It is ideal for students who have a health or education background and who want to expand their skill sets to challenge shame, stigma and discrimination relating to sexual health.
You'll learn important foundational concepts, theories and frameworks related to human sexuality, and be given an opportunity to consider your own attitudes and values.
You’ll also customise your course to suit your interests, choosing two optional units from the following topics: sexological education, sexual and reproductive health, forensic sexology, culture and contemporary sexology, sexological practice and sexology challenges and opportunities.
Note: media material of a sexually graphic nature is utilised in this course. Please refer to the handbook for additional course information.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course information.
- You can tailor your career by integrating knowledge of the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality into your professional discipline.
- This course maintains excellent professional affiliations. It attracts a variety of guest speakers who are locally, nationally and internationally renowned for their work in sexology.
- In addition to teaching, all Curtin staff perform other professional duties, including health promotion, psychotherapy, community education, research and advocacy, which complements their instruction.
Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS), which is a member of the World Association for Sexual Health. You may obtain a specialist title as a psychosexual therapist or sexuality educator from SAS after completing the additional accreditation requirements. The requirements to use these titles in other countries may differ.
Note: This course is not accredited by a counselling or psychology body. Students who are interested in working in these areas should complete a course recognised by peak bodies such as the Australian Counselling Association or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
- Sex therapy
- Human rights
- Health promotion
- Youth work
- Allied health
What you'll learn
- Apply sexological knowledge, principles and concepts to research and practice.
- Reflect, interpret and critically analyse topics and issues relevant to sexology.
- Access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to research and practice of sexology.
- Effectively communicate an understanding of sexological issues and topics.
- Use appropriate technologies to gather information and communicate regarding topics and issues relevant to sexology.
- Demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning in the study of sexology.
- Recognise and apply international perspectives and principles to sexology.
- Demonstrate understanding and respect for human sexual rights and cultural diversity in relation to sexual attitudes, values and practices.
- Evaluate and apply relevant professional skills to research and practice in sexology.
Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://study.curtin.edu.au/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Students without a degree from a recognised tertiary institution must have at least three years work experience in a relevant field OR may be asked to undertake additional study in their first semester that will be set on a case-by-case basis (e.g. Post Entry Language Assessment or other university online modules). Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met. Ideally, applicants require a recognised degree in one of the health professions, social work or welfare studies, psychology, theology, education, behavioural sciences, including sociology, anthropology or biological sciences or related areas. Applicant interviews will be conducted where required.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees
Fee year: 2022
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
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- Last updated on: June 29, 2022