Challenges in the development and implementation of sexuality education in Harbin Medical University and other institutions, China

Challenges in the development and implementation of sexuality education in Harbin Medical University and other institutions, China

2016-06-01 00:00:00

Sexuality education in Chinese universities has to face many challenges. The reasons for this are fourfold:

1) The Chinese universities are still under the system of patriarchy, the male discourse still occupies the dominant status in the knowledge construction of the universities. Also, the concept, thought and term of gender/sexuality are quite new, and just introduced into within China in the recent decades.

2) In reality, the professors of the Chinese universities seldom pay attention to this topic. Most of them look on this topic according to the medical view, so they either believe it is not necessary to teach and research this topic or just think that it should be taught and researched from the angle of medicine.

3) The Chinese education system is centralized, so both developing and implementing curriculum in sexuality/gender, as well as any other discipline of curriculum, all need to be approved by the higher authority. However in most situations, the university authority deems that sexuality has nothing to do with other disciplines, so the curriculum is not allowed to enter into educational discourse, and

4) the administrators of teaching department personally have a conservative perspective on sexuality, and they think that sexuality should not be spoken about. However, under the background of HIV/AIDS, in 2002, the national government officially declared its commitment to sexuality education; but, the sexuality education in university has still not been implemented effectively and efficiently. In Harbin Medical University, we implemented program-based sexuality/gender education for students; implemented some pioneer actions in curriculum, advocacy, training–trainer activities by international experts, impetus of students’ participation and alternative channels for them to access sexuality information through the Internet; and NGO’s collaboration and integration.

We are trying to develop a model for sexuality education in university, but we clearly know more efforts should be strived for its future, especially in a medical university with scarce focus on humanity and social science.

Speakers: Peng Tao
Conference: WAS Singapore 2015
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2015
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