The relationship between theory, practice and research.

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Title The relationship between theory, practice and research.
Author(s) Månsson, Sven-Axel ; Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2008
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Introduction: In 2007 a master program in sexology was started within the faculty of Health and Society at Malmö University, Sweden. The aim of the program is to offer training on an advanced academic level, according to the Bologna process, to professionals in health care, schools, clinical centers, etc. Moreover, the program aims at attracting students who are interested in a future research career within the field of sexology and sexuality studies. Thus the program focuses on promoting in-depth knowledge about sexuality as a phenomenon and about sexology as a field of practice and science from an interdisciplinary perspective. Special attention is given to the significance of different cultural perspectives on sexuality and also to how research, teaching and training within the sexological field are shaped by the fact that Scandinavian societies today are characterized by ethnic and cultural diversity. The program is closely linked to the research program Gender, Sexuality and Social work at the same faculty (, which contains different areas of research in the social science field. The members of the resarch program participate as teachers in the master program. Overall the group of teachers and researchers attached to the program are engaged in developing the contents of sexology as field of knowledge and research and its relations to practical and clinical sexological work. Questions: Which pedagogical and theoretical methods and models have been used at the master program? What studies are being conducted within the research program Gender, Sexuality and Social Work? Conclusions: The pedagogical aim is to combine different learning methods in order to adapt new theoretical aspects of sexology, learn new models for working with sexual health in different areas and to reflect among values and attitudes concerning sexuality. Theories from different perspective of sexuality are used, but according to the aim of the program is the social constructive theory especially useful. Lectures are combined with discussions, group papers connected to the theme of the course and individual papers. The students are seen as competent sources that are increasing the level of learning by contributing with their special knowledge in different areas. The research program consist of studies within the fields of prostitution and trafficking, sexuality and violence, homosexuality, hiv and hiv-prevention, masculinities and mens’ parenthood, youth and sexuality, sexuality and disability, treatment of sex offenders, ethnical relations and sexuality, pornography and sexual exposure.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) master program
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note 31st NACS conference, Sept. 4th-7th, Reykjavík, 2008
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