Healthy Sexuality – SUBS 609
CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020
This course provides a foundational understanding of healthy sexuality based on a psychological and Scriptural foundation. Special attention is given to foundations of sexual development, sexual enrichment, challenges, brokenness, and controversial issues surrounding healthy sexuality.
Our pressing concern at the inception of course is that God cares about how we perceive, understand, and behave in regards to our sexuality. This course seeks to meet that challenge by equipping students to biblically guide individuals towards healthy sexuality.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the major sexual problems facing today's churches and the origins of modern sexual distortions.
- Describe God's plan for a person's love life from first attraction through each married season of life.
- Recognize the miracle of sexuality and reproduction, and understand the basic biology of sexual differentiation.
- Understand the biblical and theological parameters that attend to adolescent sexuality, romantic relationships, and dating.
- Recognize the categories and specific diagnoses of sexual dysfunction.
- Identify and implement intervention strategies for sex offenders and victims.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion Board Forums (6)
The student will complete 6 Discussion Board Forums that link with the Videos, Notes, PowerPoint Slides, and weekly readings. Each forum will be completed in 2 parts: 1) the student will submit a thread of at least 250 words in response to the question provided, and 2) the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads (150 word minimum each).
Sexual Story Paper (Autobiography; Journey Paper)
The student should complete and submit a paper that shares his or her sexual story. The paper must include two parts. In Part One the student provides narrative of his or her sexual journey. Start with your earliest memory and develop specific, key experiences and situations that shaped who you are as a sexual person. As the student unfolds his or her sexual story consider learnings from family of origin and peers, events that have posed struggles, ones wished to be different, positive experiences, and key learnings from all events. with and wish could have been different.
In Part Two the student relates his or her story to his or her future work as a counselor. For example, the impact of: working with certain populations, problems, or sexual issues in general; asking sexual-related questions; and acting ethically and legally with sexual issues and clients. Consider how the story will help or hinderff clinical work, etc.
The purpose of this paper is to promote sexual self-awareness so that students will be able to work ethically with their future clients. Some students find their heart in their stomach when they realize they are being asked to share their sexual story; however, virtually all students later report that this paper had a significant and critical impact on their lives. Papers must be written in current APA format, including a title page and reference page (if used). See Blackboard Assignment Helps for more information.
Sex and Sexual Theology Paper
The theology of sex and sexuality paper is woven into a worldview. One’s understanding of sexuality and sex becomes the foundation upon all of sexual education and counseling is built.
Accordingly the student will develop a personal theology of sexuality and sex that is based upon Christian theology and that incorporates both theological and secular sources. This is not a paper about counseling an issue or understanding an issue from a psychological perspective; it is not a typical research paper that you have written. See Blackboard Assignment Helps for more information.
The student will complete 5 exams which are cumulative and cover the material presented in the presentations and Work Text lecture notes. Each exam is open-book/open-notes, comprised of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and has a time limit of 1 hour.