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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Healthy Sexuality

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

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.



PACO 500 and PACO 501


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 Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Rosenau, D. E. (2002). celebration of sex: A guide to enjoying God’s gift of sexual intimacy (2nd ed.). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. ISBN: 9780785264675.

Rosenau, D. E., & Wilson, M. T. (2006). Soul virgins: Redefining single sexualitySuwanee, GA: Sexual Wholeness Resources. ISBN: 9780985810719.

Smedes, L. (1994). Sex for Christians: The limits and liberties of sexual living (Revised ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. ISBN: 9780802807434.

Jones, B. (2015). Faithful: A theology of sex. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310518273.

Note: the student is to choose only 1 out of 6 optional books listed below for his or her Specific Issue Paper:

Carder, D. (2008). Torn asunder: Recovering from an extramarital affair. Chicago, IL: Moody. ISBN: 9780802471352.

Jones, S. L., & Yarhouse, M. A. (2000). Homosexuality: The use of scientific research in the church’s moral debate. Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. ISBN: 9780830815678.

Laaser, D. (2008). Shattered vows: Hope and healing for women who have been sexually betrayed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310273943.

Laaser, M. (2004). Healing the wounds of sexual addiction. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310256571.

Langberg, D. (2003). Counseling survivors of sexual abuse. Maitland, FL: Xulon Press. ISBN: 9781591605195.

Rinehart, P. (2010). Sex and the soul of a woman: How God restores the beauty of relationship from the pain of regret. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN: 9780310329893.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with that required by state licensing boards in the class subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete Discussion Board Forums, 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 classmates' threads (150 words minimum). Replies should also be appropriately supported with reference to course content, at a minimum.

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper

This assignment will be completed in 3 parts:

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper: Topic and Thesis

The student will write a Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper.  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 Paper: Outline

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

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper

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

Specific Issue Paper

The student will write a 4-page paper in current APA format covering a specific sexual issue. The paper must detail a pastoral counseling approach to help an individual or couple struggling with such an issue.

Sexual Journey Paper

The student will write a paper, no longer than 5 pages, outlining his or her personal sexual story/journey 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 story to the future work as a counselor including potential countertransference issues. This assignment should include an APA style cover page and reference page (if necessary).

4MAT Book Review

The student will complete a 4MAT Book Review. The book review will be on Faithful: A theology of sex by Jones. The review must be written in current APA format.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit. A study guide will be provided.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)


Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper


Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper: Topic and Thesis Submission



Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper: Outline



Theology of Sexuality and Sex Scholarly Paper


4MAT Book Review


Sexual Journey Paper


Specific Issue Paper




Course Policies

Professional Communication

Please be professional in your email communication. We live in a fast-paced world with text messaging which encourages short and abbreviated communication. However, since you are in a counseling program, you are encouraged and expected to use full sentences and good grammar when communicating with other students and faculty. It is also an expectation that your electronic communication is pleasing to God. Being courteous and polite to peers and professors demonstrates dignity and respect, "And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them" (Luke 6:31, ESV).

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is strictly prohibited. See The Graduate Catalog for specific definitions, penalties, and processes concerning Honor Code and FN Policies for reporting.


Students are expected to communicate in a professional manner at all times with classmates, faculty, or LU employees. Because writing is a limited form of communication, it more easily misinterpreted than face-to-face. Therefore, written communications should be courteous and well thought out to avoid offense. If any offense is perceived, the offender should be alterted first and privately. Reconciliation is the goal, but if it does not happen, the offended may then involve the instructor. Personal message are not appropriate for posting in Blackboard. The student’s Liberty email account will be used for all email communications. Announcements from the instructor or University may be posted in Blackboard.

Dual Relationship

The faculty is responsible to interact with counseling students in a supervisory capacity/role. As such, faculty may provide students professional principles, guidance, and recommendations as it relates to the context of the student-client setting. The faculty is responsible to avoid dual relationships with students such as entering a student-counselor or student-pastor relationship. Thus, the faculty does not provide personal counseling addressing student personal problems. If a faculty member perceives that a student is in need of personal or professional counseling, then that faculty member will recommend that the student pursue either pastoral or professional assistance from a counselor in their community.

Limits of Confidentiality

In the event of a student’s disclosure, either verbally or in writing, of threat of serious or foreseeable harm to self or others, abuse or neglect of a minor, elderly or disabled person, or current involvement in criminal activity, the faculty, staff, administrator, or supervisor will take immediate action. This action may include, but is not limited to, immediate notification of appropriate state law enforcement or social services personnel, emergency contacts, and notification of the appropriate program chair or online dean. The incident and action taken will become part of the student’s permanent record.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


PACO 625

Textbooks: Rosenau, A Celebration of Sex (2002).

Rosenau & Wilson, Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality (2012).

Jones, B. Faithful: A theology of sex. (2015)

Smedes, Sex for Christians: The Limits and Liberties of Sexual Living (1994).

Module/ Week

Reading & Study




Rosenau: chs. 2, 5

Smedes: chs. 1–3

5 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introdcution




Rosenau: chs. 1, 4, 7–8

Rosenau & Wilson: ch. 1

1 article

4 presentations

DB Forum 1

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper: Topic and Thesis Submission




Rosenau: chs. 10, 15

Rosenau & Wilson: ch. 2

Smedes: ch. 10

3 presentations

DB Forum 2

Sexual Journey Paper




Rosenau & Wilson: ch. 15

Smedes: ch. 4

3 presentations

DB Forum 3

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper: Outline




Rosenau: ch. 26

Rosenau & Wilson: chs. 3–5

Jones: Entire Book

4 presentations

DB Forum 4

4MAT Book Review




Rosenau: chs. 23, 25

Rosenau & Wilson: chs. 6, 9, 16

Smedes: ch. 7

5 presentations

Specific Issue Paper



Rosenau: chs. 27–28

Smedes: chs. 8–10

3 presentations

Theology of Sex and Sexuality Scholarly Paper

Final Exam




Rosenau: chs. 24, 29

2 presentations

DB Forum 5




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.