Issues in Human Sexuality – CCOU 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a panorama of sexual challenges that men and women are currently experiencing, as well as the results of a national report on the sexuality of Christian men and women. This vibrant and fascinating study enables students to gain a better understanding of the complexities and fundamental differences of male and female sexuality and marital intimacy in contrast to cultural myths and distortions.




Our world is permeated with sexual problems: infidelity, pre-marital sex, sexual abuse, and sexual addictions of various kinds. This course helps to define and identify healthy sexuality, and then provides clinically-excellent and biblically sound guidance on how to help persons achieve it.

**Disclaimer: This course discusses mature subject matter. The student taking this course should be aware that sex and sexuality will be discussed in a professional, Christian context. The student may want to preview the course textbook before enrolling in the course. **

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the biblical foundations of healthy sexuality.
  2. Analyze literature pertaining to sexuality.
  3. Discuss pertinent sex-related issues that exist today.
  4. Evaluate the broad categories of sexual dysfunction.
  5. Recognize sexual harassment in professional environments.
  6. Analyze the pitfalls of pornography, homosexuality, and infidelity.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations - (Learning Outcomes A, B, C, D, E, F)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4) – (Learning Outcomes A, B, C, D, E, F)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words and should include course materials and/or external research with proper APA citations and references.

Book Critique – (Learning Outcomes A, B, C, D, F)

The student will read The Gift of Sex text and then write and submit a review and critique of the major themes of the book. The review must summarize the content of the five major headings of the book and analyze the content as it relates to sexuality and intimate relationships. The critique must be objective, not personal. The Book Critique must be completed in 2 parts:

Part 1

The student will submit a portion of his/her final paper in proper APA format. This portion of the paper will include: the title page, the abstract, and the reference page (complete with a minimum of 6 references). The abstract should be 150–250 words. The resources cited on the reference page should be scholarly resources including peer reviewed journal articles and published books.


The student will submit a final version of the Book Critique in proper APA format. The paper should contain a brief summary of each of the five sections of the book. Then, the paper should contain scholarly critique of each the five sections of the Penner book. It should contain at least 6 professional citations (published books or journal articles) in the critique sections of the paper. It should have between 6-8 pages of content. The paper should also include a title page, an abstract, and a reference page which does not count toward the 6-8 pages of content.

Interview – (Learning Outcomes A, C, D, E, F)

The student will write a 3–5-page paper in current APA format that summarizes their interview with a pastoral or professional counselor regarding issues in sexuality that he/she has experienced in his/her vocational setting. For example, this may include counseling clients who have experienced infidelity, sexual addiction, infertility, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, etc. The paper should include an APA Title page and Appedix page containing questions and anwers.

Exams (4) – (Learning Outcomes – A, B, C, D, E, F)

The student will complete 4 exams that are non-cumulative and cover the material presented in the lecture notes as well as the weekly readings. These exams will be open-book/open-notes and will be comprised of both multiple-choice and true/false questions.