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Entry requirements

Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology or a similar course.


The course examines themes from a bio-psycho-sociallogical perspective, thus studying different theoretical models as well as different topics within the field of sexology. The course covers such topics as:

  • History in the sexology field, sexual development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood until an older age.

  • The anatomy and physiology of the sexual response in women and men.

  • Sexual dysfunction in men and women: etiology and treatment options.

  • Sexual diversity.

  • Research on human sexuality.

  • Paraphilias and gender identity disorder.

  • Victims of sexual abuse. And what is known about sexual abusers?

Course objectives

After completion of the course, students are able to:

  • Describe different theoretical models of human sexuality;

  • Describe the sexual development process;

  • Describe the different sexual dysfunctions in men and women and recognise the possible aetiologies for different dysfunctions;

  • Describe which treatment(s ) will be indicated for a specific sexual problem;

  • Explain different methods in sex research.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course. The exception here is that first-year bachelor students are assigned and registered for all components in the first semester or academic year by the administration of their bachelor programme. The programme will communicate to these students for which course components and for which period the registration applies.


It is mandatory for all students, including first-year bachelor students, to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Students who take this course as part of a LDE minor or a premaster programme, exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

This course offers eight lectures of two hours. Attendance is not mandatory. The web lectures and slides will be made available on Brightspace (barring technical difficulties).
The literature, lectures and slides are in English. The exam questions are in English.

Assessment method

The written exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions (which determine 70% of the grade) and five essay questions (30%). These questions test your knowledge of the course material. The examination questions cover the book, additional articles and lecture handouts. Detailed information about the exact course material will be made available on Brightspace at the start of the course.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

You will be informed via Brightspace about the manner of inspection and discussion of the examination in due course.

Reading list

  • “Understanding Human Sexuality” by Janet Shibley Hyde/ John D. Delamater. Fourteenth Edition. ISBN 978-1-260-54793-1. Mc Graw- Hill International Edition.

  • Additional articles will be made available via Brightspace.

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