This course provides a theological and psychological understanding of healthy sexuality from a biblical perspective, particularly as it pertains to raising children and preparing them for adolescence and young adulthood. Cultural shifts, gender identity and sexual behaviors are examined. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.
There is no question we are living in an overly sexualized culture, one sending many explicit messages to our youth. The emotional, physical, relational, psychological, and spiritual consequences for many are devastating. Teaching kids a biblical understanding of healthy sexuality from an early age can help them manage their emotions when the teenage years arrive. Not only will this course address the developmental factors relevant to healthy sexuality, it also provides the necessary and age-appropriate biblical application for parents to establish a solid foundation in the home. This course is offered in an eight-week format and includes extensive readings, experiential observations, exams, a research paper, and interactions with other students via Discussion Board.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
The student will complete 4 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 400 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 200 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 1 scholarly citations in APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation(s) in APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include textbooks, the Bible, videos and Journal article.
( CLOs: A, B, D, F)
Raising Healthy Adolescents Presentation Assignment
This assignment will help the student synthesize what he or she has learned about healthy sexuality and demonstrate an ability to communicate it to an audience. The student will be able to communicate the main points a parent needs to understand to better teach their children. Finally, the student will expose some of the common dangers to current culture. Overall, the students will bring resources to the community.
(CLOs: A, B, C, E)
Generations Paper Assignment
This assignment will allow the student to apply the material learned in the class to historical events. This will help the student understand the verity of impacts on the shaping of a generation's sexuality and sexual view. In addition, it will help the student understand the fluid nature of sexuality across generations. Finally, it will force the student to see the need and power of a standard view of sexuality or a biblical view of sexuality.
Each student will complete a Generations Research Paper Assignment comparing and contrasting the views of sexuality between two generations. The purpose of this paper is to help students understand the complexities of sexuality and how it changes over time along with how culture impacts our view. The students will research two different generations in America discussing the perceptions, ideas, practices, and philosophies of sexuality held by each generation (see chart below). The required heading will be the structure of the paper, please use the headings.
The paper should be at least 8 pages of content.
- Excluded from this length are the title page, abstract, and reference section.
- Current APA formatting style
- Minimum of 7 scholarly references
- Acceptable sources include, but not limited to journal articles within the last 5 years, textbooks, books, and media resources (e.g., scholarly articles published within the last five years)
Cultural View Generationally of Sex
Known Sexual Issues and Cultural Differences in Each Generation
Main Generational Teaching or Non-teaching Around Sex and Sexuality
Spiritual Issues, Sins, and the Response of the Church to These Generational Views of Sexuality
*Remember to compare and contrast in each section.
(CLOs: A, C, D, E, F)
This assignment will allow the student to communicate the major lesson from each modular along with applying the information to life situations. The student will begin to see how the information will be practical in daily life.