Full course description
Explore contemporary issues in relationships and sexuality education and learn how to deliver inclusive lessons that promote respect and diversity.
Are you keen to learn best practice in contemporary relationships and sexuality education (RSE)?
If you’re new to providing RSE to students, or need a refresher, this course will give you the skills you need to deliver engaging, inclusive and interactive lessons. Aimed at educators and health professionals, you’ll explore contemporary issues in RSE, learn how to tackle sensitive topics and engage the wider school community.
You’ll learn from supportive, highly trained professionals with decades of experience and expertise in education, sexology and health promotion.
The course content and associated ‘whole school’ strategies are mapped to the Australian and WA Health and Physical Education Curriculum.
This credential is particularly suitable for:
- Health professionals
- Pre-service teachers
By completing this credential you will learn to:
- plan and facilitate creative, interactive and inclusive RSE lessons using appropriate curriculum
- understand how to use RSE research to inform whole-school based RSE programs
- be able to critically reflect and discuss aspects of RSE in a comfortable, respectful and non-judgemental manner.
Your learning journey includes access to online modules that cover these key topics:
- Develop positive attitudes towards relationships and sexuality
- Plan and deliver RSE education curriculum
- Understand contemporary issues in RSE
- Handle sensitive topics
- Discuss importance of a safe and supportive classroom environment
- Learn strategies for engaging with parents and the wider community
- Assess RSE resources
- Explore strategies which affirm sexual diversity
- Work confidently and competently in a multicultural environment
To successfully complete this credential, you are required to pass a final assessment. In the final assessment, you’ll develop a lesson plan focused on a contemporary RSE issue discussed in the course. You’ll be provided with guidelines to create a lesson for any school year, approximately 45-50 minutes in duration. You will submit a video demonstrating how you would facilitate part of the lesson (eg: an activity). Note: there is the option to complete this assessment as part of a small group.
Sharyn is a health promotion practitioner and researcher in Curtin’s School of Public Health. Her research targets children, adolescents, young adults and parents and focuses on sexual health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and obesity prevention. She has a strong background in school-based health promotion research and has expertise in conducting evaluations, in mixed methods research and implementing innovative health promotion interventions. Sharyn teaches undergraduate and postgraduate health promotion and public health students and has supervised dozens of postgraduate students to completion.
Lorel has taught sexology at Curtin for more than thirty years. She works as a consultant in sexuality education, specialising in teaching controversial issues in health education. She works with teachers to provide relationship and sexuality education training using school curriculum materials. She is a Life Member of the Western Australian Sexology Society (WASS) and a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists.
Jacqui is based at the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin. She teaches health promotion and sexology and manages the innovative RSE Project. Jacqui is dedicated to ensuring that young people receive comprehensive, contemporary and engaging relationships and sexuality education (from home, school and elsewhere) and can access best-practice health and/or other support services easily, equitably and without shame. She is a current Board Member of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health.
Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.
This credential provides foundation knowledge in a discipline and doesn't require previous knowledge.
You will also earn 25 credit points which are in line with Australian Qualification Framework Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential.
*Curtin may cancel or reschedule a credential at any time and for any reason as it sees fit. The Start Date and the other details of this credentials are provided as a general guide only and may change from time to time.
✝This credential involves 5 day of instruction, however to pass and gain 25 credit points, you will need to commit further time to complete the full set of learning activities including (but not limited to) self-guided study and research, extension readings, activities and the final assessment activity.
^Learning is done completely online.
§Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.