Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge and skills in aspects of the Personal Development and Health syllabus strands of Self and Relationships, Individual and Community Health and the Personal, Social and Community Health component of the New Australian Curriculum HPE, specifically as they relate to sexuality and emotional, relational and mental health. Students expand on the knowledge and skills gained in previous Health Studies courses in promoting the health of students using a whole of school approach.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe and apply principles of, and strategies for teaching Personal Development and dealing with sensitive issues in relation to sexuality and social, emotional, and mental health

2. Demonstrate teaching skills and effectively use relevant teaching resources for teaching about personal development topics

3. Analyse their own experiences, attitudes and values which may affect their teaching of key strands of the syllabus

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and processes involved with sexuality, mental health issues for children and adolescents, child protection, and grief and loss (personal development topics in the NSW Secondary School Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus and New Australian Curriculum HPE).

5. Describe a range of teaching, whole school and wider community strategies that will enhance the health and wellbeing of children.


  • Module 1 - Sexuality
  • Module 2 - Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: 'Sexuality Question Box' Presentation and Written Report

Online Learning Activity: Blackboard Online Reflection Tasks

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.