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PSN1032536, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS2381, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF SEXUALITY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MASSIMO DI GRAZIA

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/07 Dynamic Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DI GRAZIA MASSIMO (Presidente)
DI RISO DANIELA (Membro Effettivo)
RIGO PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Good knowledge of the biological and physiological bases of the human behavior.
Good knowledge of basic methodology of psychological research.
Knowledge of the biological, physiological and genetic bases of human sexual development.
Knowledge of developmental psycology.
Knowledge of psycological clinic.
Knowlege of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM–5 structure and how to counsell it.
Knowledge of the difference between scientific and non- scientific literature.
Target skills and knowledge: This course aims to make outline a clinic overview on the psychology of typical and atypical sexual development.
This course gives you knowledge of human being sexuality and the biological, anatomical and physiological fundamentals of human sexuallity.
This course will allow you to acquire the understandings of sexual response cycle for both genders, and the main authors who have written about the matter and related scientific studies.
In the clinical sexological field, the treated subjects are supported by the clinic cases with the comparison between the theories and reference models in order to obtain the capacity to distinguish the non-pathologic from the pathologic through a biopsychosocial reflection.
This course will help you to enrich the knowhow of the therapy interventions for single and couple sexual dysfunction.
The course fosters the counselling knowledge and capacity on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), the main sexual disorders and their aetiology.
Provides the information regarding to the measure tools used in sexology research and ways to conduct a research project.
Provides the skills for designing the Psycho-educational interventions aimed to the human sexual wellness throughout their life, promoting the empowerment of community health from the school evironment.
In addition to the disciplinary contents, the course proposes, therefore, to acquire the transversal competencies impacting on human sexual health: the gender differences (children/ adolescent /adult gender dysphoria – the transition process); the gender rights; the congenital or gonadal or karyotype conditions (human development sexual differentiation); the chronic of diseases (the metabolic and degenerative diseases); the sexual transmission diseases; the sexuality in older adults and in people with different ability; the fertility of both genders, the pharmacology, sexuality at the end of life.
Examination methods: Written exam with 21 multiple choice questions and 3 open questions must be answered in a synthetic and / or schematic way.
There is a further question on a free subject chosen by the student.
International students can take both multiple choice and open questions in English.
The available time for the exam is 90 minutes.
Students who have DSA certification or other special needs can contact the teacher.
Assessment criteria: The examination will evaluate:
The required knowledge, competence, the capacity to link data with the theories explored during the course and the ability of personal reflection based on debated subject matters.
The ability to use a scientific and clinical language appropriated to the specific area of study.
Multiple choice questions will be evaluated with a score: 1 if the answer is correct, 0 if incorrect and -1 if no answer is given.
The open-ended questions will be evaluated only if the previous part is sufficient (≥ 18).
The open questions will be evaluated with a score ranging from 0 to 3 depending on the correctness of the answer and -2 in case of no response presented. If the open questions are not sufficient, the assignment will not be considered to be passed.
The free subject chosen by the student will be assessed exclusively for the purpose of bonus score.
Course unit contents: Review of the authors who have dealt with the story of sexuality and human sexual behavior.
Definition of human sexuality in the life cycle
Sexual health: definition of mana nel ciclo di vita.
La salute sessuale: WHO definition, sexual rights, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, the contraception, the sexual transmission diseases.
The basis on embryology, anatomy and physiology of human sexual response.
Sexological semeiotics.
Models by Masters and Johnson (1966) and by the Kaplan (1974; 1979), with particular reference to the biological, physiological and cognitive bases of the cycle of human sexual response.
Description of the models on female sexuality by Basson (2000), evolutionistic theories (Trivers, 1972; Buss, 1994) and Dual Control Model by Bancroff and Janssen (2000).
Description of the sexual function along the cycle of life of the couple and the principal factors of risk for the sexual function: age, pregnancy, post birth period, menopause/andropause, sterility, destructive surgery, medically assisted PMA fertilization, metabolic and chronical diseases, congenital conditions, drugs, addictions.
llustration of the principals questionaires of sexuality, sexual dysfunction, psychosexualogical evaluation,
Intervention modalities to individual and couple sexual dysfunction, sexualogical counselling, Therapeutic communication.
Planning models aimed to the the well-being of sexuality, MTS prevention, school based and community based sexual education, the prevention of gender based violence and gender discrimination.
Typical and atypical sexuality
Sex addiction – Sex website addiction to adolescent and adult
Impact of psychopharmacological drugs on sexuality. Pharmacological therapies used for sexual dysfunction
Prosthetic surgical therapy for male sexual dysfunction
Disorders of Sex Development DSD.
Children/ adolescent /adult gender dysphoria, transition process according to the treament standard of WHO for Trasgender Health WPATH and the guideline of the National Observatory of Gender Identity (Osservatorio Nazionale sull’Identità di Genere O.N.I.G) - Law of 14 April 1982, N. 164
Criteri del DSM-5 relativi alle disfunzioni sessuali, disturbi parafilici e disforia di genere.
DSM-5 criteria about Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders and Gender Dysphoria., ICD-10 and ICD-11.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will use PowerPoint projections, that will be made available to students via Moodle. An interactive debate will be privileged and there will be illustrated several clinical cases, illusion of questionaires of sexuality, models of therapeutic intervention. Some practical activities are foreseen with the intervention of experts of the sector working on the territory (psychiatrician, gynaecologist).
Models of interventions for the well-being of sexuality, the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and gender-based violence, and affective / sexual projects in the school will also be discussed.
Students can propose their interest topics, working in groups and will have the opportunity to be discussed in class.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The textbook the slides of the lectures and other scientific articles put on Moodle (DPSS) are sufficient to prepare be prepared for the exam.

For international students, all the materials on classes will be uploaded in English on Modd (DPSS), with the indication of the pages to be studied..
For each week, without obligation, students will find in the Moodle platform (DPSS), 3 questions for self-assessment of the learning of the topics covered.
International students are free to study DSM-5 in their own language. The chapters to be studied are: sexual dysfunctions, gender dysphoria, paraphilic disorders. I remember that there is the Spanish translation of the DSM -5 without introductions. The Italian introdution can be found in Italian at the press center of the Metelli library.
In the Moodle platform (DPSS) will be uploaded, for consultation: a list of tests, a sitographic list and a collection of videos for further study or curiosity on teaching issues.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Panzeri, Marta, Psicologia della sessualità. Bologna: Società editrice il Mulino Spa, 2013. Capitoli da studiare: Cap.I; Cap.II; Cap.III; Cap.IV; Cap.V; Cap.VI; Cap.VII; Cap.VIII; Cap.IX; Cap.X. Cerca nel catalogo
  • American Psychiatric Association, Manuale diagnostico e statistico dei disturbi mentali DSM-5. Milano: Raffaello Cortina -pag. 1168, ISBN: 9788860306616, 2014. Studiare pag. da 493 a pag. 537 – da pag. 795 a pag. 819 e pag. 944. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paraskevi Sofia Evie Kirana, Francesca Tripodi, Yacov Reisman, Hartmut Porst, The EFS and ESSM Syllabus of Clinical Sexology - First Edition. Amsterdam: Medix publishers - pag. 1365, ISBN/EAN: 978-94-914, 2013. Only for international students and the pages to be studied for exam preparation will be indicated.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos
  • Students peer review
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • One Note (digital ink)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality