The context of this unit is the Catholic theological tradition and it proceeds on the basis that human sexuality concerns affectivity, the formation of a genuine relationship of love that leads to marriage, and more generally bonds of communion with others. The unit explores Catholic teaching pertaining to sexuality in general, marriage and family, other committed relationships, and education in sexuality. These themes are studied within a framework that considers human sexuality as an integral dimension of the human person. (This unit may be offered in online mode.)

Unit code: DT2020C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Explain the significant developments in the history of Christian thought with regard to human sexuality.


Articulate a contemporary understanding of human sexuality as an integral dimension of the human person as it is reflected within the Catholic tradition.


Explain the Catholic understanding of marriage and the family in today’s context.


Articulate present Church teachings with regard to specific aspects of human sexuality within a pastoral context.


Articulate some key principles of education in human sexuality in Catholic schools and in parishes.

Unit sequence

BS1001C; BS1002C; CT1100C; CT1110C


Lectures, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cahill, Lisa Sowle. Family: A Christian Social Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000
  • Collins, Raymond F. Sexual Ethics and the New Testament: Behaviour and Belief. New York: Crossroad, 2000.
  • Curran, Charles E., and Julie H. Rubio, eds. Readings in Moral Theology. Vol. 15, Marriage. New York: Paulist, 2009.
  • John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Translation, introduction, and index by Michael M. Waldstein. Boston, MA : Pauline Books & Media, 2006.
  • Nelson, James B., and Sandra P. Longfellow, eds. Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1994.
  • Francis, Amoris Laetitia. Apostolic Exhortation. 2016.
  • Pontifical Council for the Family. The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family. 1995.
  • John Paul II. Familiaris Consortio. Encyclical Letter. 1982.
  • Paul VI. Humanae vitae. Encyclical Letter. 1968.
  • Vatican Council II. Gaudium et spes. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. 7 December 1965.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

15-minute tutorial presentation

1000 20.0
Essay 2000 50.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

1000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000