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Psicologia da Sexualidade 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


-To understand the bio-psychological and sociocultural processes that determine human sexuality;
- To distinguish "gender" and "sex", acknowledging the multiplicity of gender identities and gender expressions;
- To know the psychological processes that support the diversity of "sexual orientation" and "interpersonal attraction";
- To know how to relate "sexuality" and "affectivity" in the various configurations of intimate relationships and the various types of erotic and sexual behaviors;
- To characterize the main forms of sexual victimization, as well as the "Sexual dysfunctions" and "Paraphilic disorders" (DSM-5);
- To recognize the role of sexuality for psychological well-being throughout the life cycle.

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Metodology


Body of Work

1.Sexology and Psychology of Sexuality

2. Biopsychology of human sexuality
A. Sexual anatomy-physiology
B. Intersexuality
c. Models of sexual response: arousal and orgasm

3.Gender and identity
A. Biopsychosocial factors of gender diversity
B. Gender expressions

4. Sexual Orientation
A. Theoretical explanatory models
B. LGBT / Queer Psychology
C. Norms, values ??and attitudes

5. Interpersonal Attraction
A. Predictor variables
B. Processes and strategies

6. Intimate relationships
A. Occasional relationships
B. Love and romantic relationships
C. Love and marital commitment
D. Liberal and polyamory relations
E. Love, separation and violence

7. Erotic and sexual behaviors
A. Autoerotic practices
B. Interpersonal practices
C. Safe Sex Practices

8. Sexual dysfunctions (DSM-5)

9. Paraphilic Disorders (DSM-5)

10. Sexual victimization
A. Sexual abuse in minors
w. Psychosexual violation in adults

11. Sexuality and Well-Being t

Recommended Bibliography

-Alferes, V.(1997).Encenações e Comportamentos Sexuais: Para uma psicologia social da sexualidade. Porto: Afrontamento.
-Bigner, J., & Wetchler, J. (Eds.) (2012). Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy. NY: Routledge.
-Booth, A., Crouter, A., & Snyder, A. (Eds.)(2016).Romance and sex in adolescence and emerging adulthood. London: Routledge.
-Clarke, V., Ellis, S., Peel, E., & Riggs, D. (2010). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
-Ferber, A., Holcomb, K., & Wentling, T. (Eds.) (2016). Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics (3rd Ed.). New York: Oxford UP.
-Lehmiller, J. (2014).The Psychology of Human Sexuality. NY: Wiley.
-Leiblum, S. (Ed.)(2007).Principles and practice of sex therapy. New Jersey: Guilford.
-Marôco, J., & Leal, I. (2010). Avaliação em Sexualidade e Parentalidade. Porto:Livpsic.
-Tolman, D., & Diamond, L.(Eds.)(2013). APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology (2 vols.). Washington

Complementary Bibliography

- Beauvoir, S. (1987). O segundo sexo. Lisboa: Bertrand.
- Duby, G. (1992). Amor e sexualidade no Ocidente. Mem Martins: Terramar.
- Freud, S. (1996). Obras completas de Sigmund Freud. Rio de Janeiro: Imago.
- Giddens, A. (1995). Transformações da intimidade: sexualidade, amor e erotismo nas sociedades modernas. Oeiras: Celta.
- Helgeson, V. (2011). Psychology of Gender (4th Ed.). NY: Psychology Press.
- Leal, I. & Ribeiro, J. (Orgs.)(2010). Psicologia da saúde: sexualidade, género e saúde. Lisboa: ISPA.
- McAnulty R. D. & Burnette M. M. (2003). Fundamentals of Human Sexuality: Making Healthy Decisions. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
- Sternberg, R., & Sternberg, K. (Eds.) (2008). The New Psychology of Love. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Szuchman L. T. & Muscarella F. (2000). Psychological Perspectives on Human Sexuality. New York: John Wiley.
- Tolman, D., & Diamond, L. (Eds.) (2013). APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology. Washington, DC: APA.

Weekly Planning


Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives


Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives


relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Cultural awarenessYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiencyYes 
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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