Sexuality, Health and Aging

Base Knowledge


Teaching Methodologies

The scientific approach of concepts that integrate the themes of the program are made through: collection, organization and presentation of information, assessment and discussion of papers, films, …, discussion and reflection on issues raised by problematic situations of everyday life. Of assessment, are considered the following factors: individual performance in the classroom during the sessions of the course, eg through attendance, punctuality, participation and motivation of the students (20%), development of written communication (40%) and single oral and / or group presentation(40%) in which are valued aspects such as structure and organization of information, with the objectives of work, language used, quality of information in science and its correction.In the assessment by examination (100%) is held a written and a oral test.

Learning Results

• Recognize sexuality as an integral part of the harmonious development of people, emphasizing the

importance of communication and emotional involvement in the experience of sexuality at all ages.

• Identify the different ways to express sexuality in the elderly.

• Respect differences and the right to be different.

• Learn to deconstruct myths, beliefs and stereotypes about the sexuality of the elderly.

• Establish relationships between body, gender, sexuality and aging.

• Assess attitudes and risks associated with certain sexual behaviors.

• Identify methods of preventing HIV Infection / AIDS and other STIs in the elderly.

• Promote reflection and debate on important issues of daily life that affect the sexuality of the elderly.


• Concepts of sexuality, health and aging

• Steps of sexuality throughout life

• Body, gender and aging

• Factors physiological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of sexuality in the elderly

• Affectivity and sexuality in the elderly

• Myths, beliefs and stereotypes about the sexuality of older people

• Sexuality, health, gender and aging in the media

• Health and Sexual Health

• Prevention of HIV Infection / AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the elderly.

• Prevention of rape, abuse and sexual abuse of older people.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

Exam Evaluation
  • - Test - 100.0%
Continuing Evaluation
  • - oral presentations - 40.0%
  • - written papers - 40.0%
  • - individual performance - 20.0%




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