General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Sexuality And Sexual Response In Adulthood
Language english
Module lecturer dr Agnieszka Izdebska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 23-PIE-SRA


Module aim (aims)

The course addresses various facets of sexual function in adult people. It aims to present sexual conduct as an essential part of a full and healthy life and its anchoring in broader human sexuality and non-sexual spheres of life.

Students will learn about the range of sexual response models and their bio-psycho-social context, problems that people from different populations may experience, diagnostic categories of sexual dysfunctions, and strategies for addressing sexual function concerns. The course combines conceptual models with the latest research findings highlighting new directions in human sexuality.

Participation in the course will contribute to developing confidence when dealing with sexuality in general and communicating on the subject.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Knowledge of basic psychological concepts, e.g., personality, ICD, DSM.


Week 1: Sexual development and behavior in adulthood

Week 2: The purpose of sex

Week 3: Human sexual response and its models

Week 4: Physiology and phenomenology of sexual experiencing

Week 5: Personality and individual differences in sexual response

Week 6: Sexual response in a relational context

Week 7: Cultural diversity in human sexual response

Week 8: Sexual dysfunctions - developments in diagnosis and classification

Week 9: Sexual distress and sexual pleasure

Week 10: Psychological treatment of sexual dysfunctions

Week 11: Current developments in sex therapy

Week 12: Sexual repercussions of child sexual abuse

Week 13: Sexual dysfunction in aging adults

Week 14: Sexual dysfunction in lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients

Week 15: Sexual dysfunction in transgender clients

Reading list

Agmo, A. (2007). Functional and Dysfunctional Sexual Behavior: A Synthesis of

Bancroft, J. (2009). Human Sexuality and Its Problems (3rd ed.). Elsevier Limited.

Binik, Y.M., & Hall, K.S.K. (Eds.). (2020). Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy 6th ed. Guilford Press.

Hill, C. A. (2008). Human sexuality: Personality and social psychological perspectives. Sage Publications, Inc.

Kleinplatz, P. J. (Ed.). (2012). New directions in sex therapy: Innovations and alternatives (2nd ed.). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Peterson, Z.D. (Ed.). (2017).The Wiley Handbook of Sex Therapy. Wiley-Blackwell.