Healthy Sexuality – PACO 625

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course introduces students to a research informed biblical paradigm for healthy sexuality. It will increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding the broad range of issues in the field of counseling when addressing healthy sexuality.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


To address the confusion, misunderstandings, and naiveté, this course critically examines human sexuality and its central importance to personhood from theological and pastoral counseling perspectives within the context of a biblically informed worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate current pastoral views of the nature, development, and function of healthy sexuality throughout the life span of human development.
  2. Integrate biological, behavioral, psychological, sociological, and theological issues related to healthy sexuality.
  3. Develop knowledge through demonstration of skills in discussing, assessing and diagnosing, and treating sexual issues in a pastoral paradigm.
  4. Analyze the concept of healthy sexuality, knowledge, and skills according to personal, ethical, and biblical principles.
  5. Develop a personal integration of his or her own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to healthy sexuality within a biblically informed Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the Course Requirements Checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete Discussion, where he or she will respond to the listed prompts and post a thread of at least 300 words. The student must cite at least 2 sources in each thread. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to 2 other classmate’s thread (150 words minimum), replies should also be appropriately supported with reference to course content; at a minimum.

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Research Assignment

This assignment will be completed in 3 parts:

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Research: Topic & Thesis Submission Assignment

The student will write a Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Research Assignment. The first step is to write a specific thesis statement. This is not a research paper on a topic, but a scholarly theological paper on sex and sexuality. Focus your paper on a broad understanding of sexuality and sex from a biblical worldview perspective. This portion should be no longer than 1 paragraph.

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Research: Annotated Outline Assignment

The student will develop an annotated outline for his or her Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Research Assignment. The outline must include an APA/Turabian style title page, tentative abstract, thesis, heading with main and sub points, relevant citations, and a tentative list of the 10 scholarly references that will be used in the paper.

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Research: Final Draft Assignment

The student will develop a Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Research Assignment. The paper must be 10–12 pages (not including title page, abstract, and references). It must be written in the current APA/Turabian format and in third person. At least 10 scholarly sources in current APA format are required.

Sexual History Assignment

The student will write a paper, no longer than 5 pages, outlining his or her personal sexual history from his or her earliest memory to present day. The paper must reference key experiences and situations that shaped who the student is as a sexual person.  The student will also connect his or her personal sexual history to the future work as a counselor including potential countertransference issues. This assignment should include an APA/Turabian style cover page and reference page.

Specific Issue Assignment

The student will write a 4 to 5 page paper in current APA/Turabian format covering a specific sexual issue. The paper must detail a pastoral counseling approach to help an individual or couple struggling with the issues. The following sections should appear in the paper: 1) A brief case description of the individual/couple and presenting problem(s).  2) A treatment plan from a pastoral counseling approach. 3) Identify and discuss potential transference/counter transference issues.