1) Acquiring knowledge on (being able to reproduce information) and understanding of (being able to provide explanations):
2) Applying this knowledge and understanding to new cases (e.g., indicating to what extent a specific statement can be explained by a specific theoretical model).
- the most important historical developments in the field of sexuality in the western world;
- different theoretical models explaining young people’s sexual behaviour (e.g., the evolutionary, socio-constructivist, and biopsychosocial model);
- potential determinants and consequences of (un)healthy sexual behaviour.
3) Analyzing the scientific literature in the field of youth and sexuality (i.e., formulating a good research question; collecting, organizing and critically evaluating theoretical and empirical articles; linking different studies; formulating your own conclusions and the implications of your work).
4) Critically evaluating news items (e.g., in a newspaper or magazine) that report on scientific publications in the field of youth and sexuality.
'Young peolple in the Netherlands start having sex at a later age; (20 June, 2017)|
‘The case for starting sex education in kindergarten’ (27 May, 2015)
‘One fifth of Dutch women is a victim of sexual violence’ (15 January, 2018)
Young people’s sexual development, behaviour and upbringing have changed drastically over the past few decades. While sex used to be a topic people simply would not talk about as short as 50 years ago – especially when it came to youth - young people's sexual health had become a priority in research and public health policy today. While many concerns exist about young people's sexuality (e.g., regarding the impact of exposure to Internet porn and online dating apps), the sexual health of youth in the Netheerlands is relatively good, compared to many other countries. Recent research even suggests that young people's sexual health has improved over the past decade. This raises the question to what extent societal developments relate to young people's sexual development and behavior. This question runs like a red thread through the course.
In this course, we aim to analyze young people's sexual development and behaviour. We will do so by addressing different theoretical models explaining young people’s sexual behaviour (e.g., the evolutionary, socio-constructivist, and biopsychosocial model); and analyzing potential determinants and consequences of (un)healthy sexual behaviour; and linking scientific research to (recent-) societal developments and debates, both in the Netherlands an dworldwide. Lectures are provided by experts from a variety of organizations, including Utrecht University, Rutgers, the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), and the University of Amsterdam.