Course syllabus for

Sexual Health, 7.5 credits

Sexuell hälsa, 7.5 hp
This course syllabus is valid from autumn 2020.
Please note that the course syllabus is available in the following versions:
Course code
Course name
Sexual Health
7.5 credits
Form of Education
Higher Education, study regulation 2007
Main field of study 
G2 - First cycle 2 
Grading scale
Fail (U) or pass (G)
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Decided by
Utbildningsnämnden NVS
Decision date
Revised by
Education committee NVS
Last revision
Course syllabus valid from
Autumn 2020


The overall aim of the course is for students to acquire knowledge about factors that affect individuals'sexual health as well as about ways in which nurses can support patients through dialogue, information and education about sexual health.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of human anatomy and physiology related to sexuality
  • explain the effects of medications on sexuality
  • explain the effects of acute and long-term illnesses on sexuality
  • describe human sexuality in a life-cycle perspective
  • explain how sociocultural factors relate to sexual health
  • analyse the effects of cognitive, mental and physical functional variations on sexual health
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to create a nurse-patient relationship that facilitates dialogue related to sexuality
  • argue for equal rights for sexual and gender minorities including equal rights to healthcare
  • problematize Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)


  • the anatomy and physiology of sex organs
  • sexuality in a life-cycle perspective
  • sexual expressions and variations
  • sexuality during disease and illness
  • prevention of sexual ill-health and sexually transmitted disease
  • the effects of commonly used medications on sexuality
  • supportive nurse-patient dialogue
  • patient education and evidence-based information on sexual health
  • equal rights to equal healthcare
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Teaching methods

The course is web-based and is full-time, that is, 40 hours a week. The course involves 3-4 compulsory campus days at the KI Campus in Flemingsberg. The course is based on the following pedagogical methods: lectures, skills training, workshops and group assignments

The pedagogical methods aim to teach a scientific approach to the subject matter through knowledge acquisition, problem-solving, critical analysis and reflection.


Course assessment takes place through an individual two-part examination: Part 1 consists of a student presentation of directed patient education. Part 2 consists of an individual, written, examination.

​A student who does not pass the regular examination has the right to take the exam five more times. A student who has not achieved a passing grade after taking the examination three times can take parts of the course or the whole course again Being able to retake all or parts of the course is subject to availability

If a student has not passed the course after taking the examination six times no further chances to take the exam will be given.
Submission of a blank exam is counted as an examination. An examination for which a student has registered but in which they have not participated will not be counted as an examination. An examination session counts as a session when the exam the student takes is the same as for previous examination sessions. An examination that has been opened via the learning management system counts as an examination session even if the examination is not submitted.

Late submissions of examinations are not accepted. Students who have not submitted on time are referred to the next examination session.

Transitional provisions

If the course has ceased, changed considerably in content, or substantially changed its reading list, the student may take three additional tests (excluding regular test) on the earlier contents or the previous literature for up to one year after the course changes have been made.

Other directives

The course evaluation will be conducted according to the guidelines that are established by the Board of Higher Education.

The course may not count towards a degree if a course with completely or partially similar content has already been counted towards the degree.

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