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.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
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 the Course Overview.
The student will complete seven Discussions that link with the Videos, Notes, PowerPoint Slides, and weekly readings. Each Discussion 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 3 other classmates’ threads (150 word minimum each).
Sexual Journey Paper Assigment
The student should complete and submit a paper that shares his or her cultural history in forming his or her sexual worldview. This paper will consist of three parts: 1) cultural sexual history that formed your beliefs, 2) current belief and attitudes about human sexuality, and 3) a reflection on the impacts of your beliefs on future work as a counselor (including steps to ensure you have dealt with past wounds).
The purpose of this paper is to understand your own cultural history in forming your sexual worldview. This self-awareness will assist you to better be able to counsel and minister ethically and with compassion. Papers must be written in current APA format, including a title page and reference page.
Theology of Sexuality and Sex Paper Assignment
The Theology of Sexuality and Sex Paper is woven into a biblical 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 an 8–10 page personal theology of sexuality and sex that is based upon Christian theology and that incorporates 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 the Theology of Sexuality and Sex Paper Assignment Instructions for more information.
The student will complete five Quizzes which are cumulative and cover the material presented in the presentations and lecture notes. Each quiz is open-book/open-notes, comprised of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and has a time limit of 1 hour.