Psychology & Sexual Violence Online Courses

Jan 03, 2023

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Introduction to the History of Psychology and Sexual Violence

We take a brief overview of the long history of psychology's interest in sexual violence. We start in the late 19th century and the study of 'perversion' before tackling the different perspectives of psychiatry, sexology, and psychoanalysis. We cover the a few of the key debates in the 1980s when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was revised and expanded, before summarising current theories and research on sexual abuse and violence. 

This course consists of online lectures available on the website, a study guide, and a certificate of completion.

Feb 23, 2023

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Introduction to the Paraphilias

In this one day course, we examine how psychology has framed sexual 'perversion' through the diagnosis of 'sexual sadism' and the 'paraphilias'. We look at the debates and disagreements within psychology, as well as critical perspectives from other disciplines. We finish by considering the impact psychology has had on our understanding of sexual violence and its uptake within popular media. 

May 28, 2023

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Introduction to Media Representations of Rape

In this course we analyse a range of media representations of sexual violence, including newspaper reports, magazines, television, and film. We discuss how psychology has helped or hindered our understanding of of the relationship between media, knowledge, and sexual violence. 

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