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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NUR3055 Module Title: SEXUAL HEALTH
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR3055
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: QUIRK J Mr (HSC)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Essay (3000 words)
Module Overview
Module Aims
The module will develop students’ knowledge and skills related to sexual health, to prepare them to critically evaluate practice in their specialist areas.

The module aims to enable students, using appropriate evidence base, to analyse competing influences on sexual health and illness derived from policy, bio-psycho-social, cultural and environmental factors.
Learning Outcomes
On completing this module the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• Understand the social context in which sexuality and sexual health is experienced.
• Critically examine the policy context including historic influences.
• Examine the images and media construction, culture and demographic influences on sexual health in contemporary Britain.
• Demonstrate evidence based knowledge of contraception, sexually transmitted infections, community gynaecology & psycho-sexual issues.
• Discuss medico-legal & ethical issues associated with sexual health care & specifically consent & confidentiality.
• Demonstrate a broad understanding of the needs of specific groups such as teenagers.
Cognitive skills
• Explain the development and influence of societal attitudes to sexual health.
• Clarify personal perspectives on sexual health issues and care
• Analyse local and national policies which impact on local needs and service provision.
Practical skills
• Demonstrate anti-discriminatory practice which promotes partnership working with clients/patients.
Key transferable skills
• Able to communicate with sensitivity.
• Adopt a critical approach to their practice.
• Take responsibility for continuous professional development.
Module Content
The module content enables the student to develop a conceptual understanding of the issues related to sexual health and illness, along the following themes:

Sexuality: Theories and concepts about sexuality. Gender and Feminism. Theories of Masculinity. Patriarchy. Sexual health in contemporary Britain. Images, media construction, culture and demographics.

Policy and provision: National Government policy and local needs. Conflict and consensus. Sociological trends.

Specific Issues: Targeting specific issues such as: Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Office Gynaecology, HIV/AIDS, Psychosexual issues, Medico-legal issues, Teenage pregnancy, People with special needs. Rape and sexual abuse, Female Genital Mutilation.

Debates and advancing practice: Barriers and facilitators, Communication, Team working, GMS contract, Medicine Management, Promoting positive sexual health.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Taught: 28 hours
Self-directed: 100 hours
Selected Texts/Journals

Adler M W 2004 ABC of Sexually Transmitted Infections British Medical Association London

Andrews G 2005 Women’s Sexual Health Balliere Tindall, London

Guillebaud J 2007 Contraception Today: A Pocketbook for Primary Care Practitioners Informa Healthcare London

Wakley G, Chambers R 2001 Sexual Health Matters in Primary Care Radcliffe Press Oxford

Top of Form

Clubb E, Knight T J 1996 Fertility, Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning. David and Charles, Newton Abbott

Clutterbuck D 2004 Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV. Mosby London

Peate I 2005 Men’s Sexual Health Whurr

Guillebaud J 2004 Contraception Your Questions Answered Churchill Livingstone, London
Guillebaud J 2005 The Pill and other forms of Hormonal Contraception Oxford University Press, Oxford


Everett S 2004 Handbook of Contraception and Family Planning. Balliere Tindall, London

Glasier A, Gebbie A 2000 Handbook of family planning and reproductive health care Churchill Livingstone, London

Totora G J, Grabowski S R 2007 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology Harper Collins, New York

Wakley G, Cunnion M 2003 Improving Sexual Health Advice Radcliffe Medical Press Oxford

Wells D, Clifford D, Rutter M & Selby J 2000 Caring for sexuality in Health and Illness Churchill Livingstone London.

Wilson H & MacAndrew S 2000 Sexual Health Foundations for Practice Balliere Tindall

Journals and websites
British Journal of Sexual Medicine
British Medical Journal
The Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health care

Last Updated
29TH JULY 2010