Sexuality and gender identity define what it is to be human: they are the key aspects of our existence. But how we understand them and how do they impact our lives? Our programme with give you best knowledge on psychological, medical and cultural aspects of human sexuality.



Izabela Jąderek, MA
Psychologist, Sexologist and Sex Educator

Summer School
Human Sexuality and Sexual Health

Human sexuality is a topic related to a number of areas of life, ranging from popular culture to the master bedroom. Understanding of sexuality and its complexities requires a multidisciplinary approach, including the study of culture, biology, human relationships, emotions, and behaviors. Our two-week course will explore topics related to individual understanding of personal sexuality, intimacy, sexual orientation, as well as biological and medical aspects of sexuality. Furthermore, the program will look at the relationship between sexuality and religion, race and ethnicity. The lecturers will highlight new directions in sexuality scholarship, current issues in therapy, related to sexual dysfunctions, and various applications of sex-related research in the management of social issues.

About Summer School

Human sexuality is a topic related to a number of areas of life, ranging from popular culture to the master bedroom. Understanding of sexuality and its complexities requires a multidisciplinary approach, including the study of culture, biology, human relationships, emotions, and behaviors. Our two-week course will explore topics related to individual understanding of personal sexuality, intimacy, sexual orientation, as well as biological and medical aspects of sexuality. Furthermore, the program will look at the relationship between sexuality and religion, race and ethnicity. The lecturers will highlight new directions in sexuality scholarship, current issues in therapy, related to sexual dysfunctions, and various applications of sex-related research in the management of social issues.



Summer School
25th July - 5th August, 2016
50 hours

Profile of Participant

The Summer School on Human Sexuality and Sexual Health offers an insight into human sexuality, as a scientific discipline, and an understanding of human sexuality, as an integral part of one’s identity. Having completed the course, participants will understand the role of human sexuality in the context of human biology, mental health and interpersonal relationships. Additionally, students will gain knowledge on culture-dependent mechanisms related to human sexuality and their influence on social and legal norms. The summer school is open to all students who hold Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees and have an interest in this area of psychology.

Top Private University in Poland

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is one of the best and well renowned psychology centers in Poland, both in terms of teaching and research. According to the 2016 ranking of higher education institutions by Perspektywy, a Polish influential magazine devoted to educational affairs, the Psychology Program at SWPS University ranks in the top three of the best programs of its kind in the country.

Multicultural Environment

Summer School at University SWPS offers a friendly and multicultural environment for development. The programs are popular with international students, therefore, there are ample opportunities to exchange views and ideas and to practice English not only in class, but also in daily and informal interactions with each other.

Study in Capitol of Poland

Warsaw is the capital of Poland. It is a city steeped in history, yet it is focused on the present and looking forward to the future. Within one day, you can travel back in time by taking a stroll around the Old Town, then return to the present and go shopping at one of the modern shopping centers, and finally take the subway, running under the Vistula River, to gaze into distant galaxies at the Copernicus Science Center. During summers, the city hosts numerous events available free of charge, including concerts and music festivals, open air film screenings, and entry to many art galleries and museums.

Program of Study

1. Integration workshop
During the integration workshop, students will get to know each other and will hear about the upcoming program of study. We will also talk about the needs and expectations in relation to the course, about the meaning of sexuality and what role it plays in our lives.

2. Sexuality of men and women
Students will learn about the characteristics of male and female sexuality. We will also examine various factors influencing decisions about engagement in sexual activity. We will look at the biological, psychological, relational and socio-cultural aspects that influence individual understanding of sexuality. Students will be introduced to the term ‘sexual health’. The lecture and a workshop will help them to understand the determinants of health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

3. Gender identity and sexual orientation
Students will become familiar with definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation. We will talk about the development of gender identity and about the models of sexual orientation development. Other topics will include: changes in attitudes towards sexual orientation throughout history and specifics of support for non-heterosexual and transgender individuals, including the issues of coming-out, discrimination, building relationships, and relations with parents and family. Students will attend lectures and workshops, which will equip them with knowledge and practical skills useful in working with LGBT individuals.

4. Good practices in sex education in Poland, Europe and beyond. What is the impact of sex education on society and culture?
Students will learn about the practice of sex education in Poland in comparison with Europe and the rest of the world. They will become familiar with best practices of WHO used in sex education. Moreover, students will be introduced to the standards of sex education addressed to children and teenagers, including sexual assertiveness, psycho-sexual development, pornography, sexual norms, and sexual abuse. During the workshop, students will have an opportunity to create their own lesson plan and develop various skills that are helpful in working with teenagers.

5. Study visit to Trans-Fuzja, a Polish NGO supporting transgender people in various aspects of life.
Students will visit Trans-Fuzja, the only organization in Poland, which supports transgender individuals and their families. The visit will provide an opportunity to meet people involved with the Foundation and to learn about the specifics of working with transgender individuals and about social and legal problems that they face.

6. Medical and physical issues in human sexuality: sexual dysfunctions, STIs, transgender issues, etc.
Students will also be introduced to the classification of sexual dysfunctions. They will learn how such dysfunctions impact the sex life of affected individuals, their relationships, and emotional wellbeing. They will also learn about treatment methods and support available to affected individuals. Additionally, students will learn about elements of safer sex and aspects of prophylaxis related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They will also be introduced to the medical aspects of the process of gender reassignment, such as hormone therapy, surgery, etc.

7. Human sexuality from the perspective of different cultures
Students will learn about the attitudes towards sexuality and sexual health present in various cultures around the world. During the workshop, they will learn how homosexuality, sexual activity, relationships, abortion and monogamy are viewed by members of different religions, societies and social groups. The workshop aims to foster awareness of these differences and to show how they impact our attitudes and our group relationships.

8. Alternative sexual behaviours
Students will learn about non-traditional relationships and models of sexual practice, such as polygamy, open relationships, swinging, and BDSM. They will also be introduced to some aspects of working with people who display non-typical sexual preferences. Moreover, they will learn how changes in the medical classification of paraphilia impact the process of diminishing taboo and depathologization of needs of individuals who engage in sexual behaviors different than the norm in a given society.

Faculty

Radosław Stanczewski, M.A.

Expert on European Issues and Cross-Cultural Psychologist

Iza Jąderek, M.A.

Psychologist, Sexologist and Sex Educator

Wiktor Dynarski, M.A.

Researcher, Blogger and Activist

Marta Dora, M.A.

Psychologist, Sex Educator

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Contact

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Application Form

 

In order to enroll in the Summer School, please fill in the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and submit to the Admissions Office. Once we receive your application, a member of our team will contact you to explain next steps in the application process.

 

 

Accommodation

 
SWPS University offers accommodation at a student residence, located in Warsaw. The total accommodation fee is 175 EUR per person, based on double occupancy.

Fees

The Summer School tuition fee is 600 EUR and includes:
  • participation in all courses, workshops and seminars
  • participation in the cultural program
  • certificates and academic transcripts

 

 

ECTS Credits

Successful participants will receive 4 ECTS credits.

 
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