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Entry requirements

Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology or a similar course.


The course examines themes from a bio-psychological and social 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


NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis. You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July. Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December.
The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC). First year Bachelor students as well as premaster students will be registered by the Student Service Center; they do not need to register themselves.

The registration period for all courses closes five calendar days before the start of the course.
Also read the complete registration procedure


Elective students have to enroll for each course separately. For admission requirements contact your study advisor.

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 and can be answered in English or Dutch.

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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