Healthy Sexuality: Biblical and Developmental Factors – DBPC 410

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

Course Description

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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe healthy sexuality and the importance of purity from a biblical perspective.
  2. Describe and label the 21st century cultural shifts and messages pertaining to individualism and sexuality and its effects on children and adolescents.
  3. Teach parents and parenting champions age-appropriate ways of talking to children about healthy sexuality as it relates to Scripture.
  4. Describe the spiritual and emotional effects of pornography and sex outside of marriage.
  5. Demonstrate the critical thinking skills needed to evaluate, critique and synthesize current research on sexuality and offer resources for parents and teenagers.
  6. Explain the significance of the cultural, historical and spiritual contexts of sexuality.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum(s) (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge (Dr. Dobson’s assigned works and/or the core text, as well as video/audio content). In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to two (2) other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (MLOs: A, B, D, F)

Raising Healthy Adolescents Presentation

After reading Dr. Dobson’s book Preparing for Adolescence, the student will put together a PowerPoint presentation (a minimum 10 slides) summarizing the 3-5 most important lessons the student has learned about raising children in today’s sexually saturated culture. The presentation must use statistics and trends to build support regarding the problems facing today’s teens and then offer practical strategies in protecting and raise the next generation toward sexual health. (MLOs: A, B, C, E)

Generations Paper Instructions

Each student will complete a Research Paper comparing and contrasting the views

of sexuality between two generations.

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 paper will be an APA formatted paper with a Title page, Abstract page and Reference page.
The paper should have at least 8 pages of content.
At least 7 scholarly, academic references (Journal articles and books) must be included on the Reference page and each used in the content of the paper with in-text citations.
headings below to format the paper. The headings should be in APA Level 1 format.
Be sure to include an introduction and conclusion in the content.
Review the Rubric in Blackboard.

Required headings:

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. (MLOs: A, C, D, E, F)

 

Quizes

Instructions:

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study, Video, and Audio material for the assigned modules. Each quiz will be an open-book/open-notes and contain 10 short answer questions worth 40 points total.  Correct APA format and grammar will be worth 10 points. Answers to each question should be written in two to three complete sentences. Each answer must have a personal thought or application, not just dictation of the book. Please include proper APA formatted citations in your response. Include a summary statement about the most valuable lesson from this section of the class. There is no time limit in which to complete each quiz. The quiz should be submitted as a Word document. (MLOs: A, B)

 

Sample answer:

Guilt is a message from one’s conscience which basically tells you what?

A guilt message from our conscience is telling us about the mistakes or failures that we have committed in our lives. It is telling us that we have done something wrong that we knew was wrong even before we did that act. Feeling guilty is our conscience way of telling us that we know better than we have shown. Our minds (or hearts) know that we have sinned, so they are encouraging us to make amends for those sins, whatever they may be.