Human Sexuality


Rev. Dr Hoa Trung Dinh SJ Semester 1, 2020
Thursday 6.00pm — 9.00pm
Semester 2, 2020
Wednesday 10.00am — 1.00pm

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.

Census Date

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 17 March
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 18 August 


BS1001C, BS1002C, CT1100C, CT1110C


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • one 2,000-word essay 40%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 60%
third level
  • one 3,000-word essay 40%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 60%


  • Cahill, Lisa S. 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. Marriage. Readings in Moral Theology 15. New York: Paulist, 2009.
  • Curran, Charles E., and Richard A. McCormick, eds. Dialogue About Catholic Sexual Teaching. Readings in Moral Theology 8. New York: Paulist, 1993.
  • Nelson, James B., and Sandra P. Longfellow, eds. Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994.
Church Documents
  • Francis. Amoris Lætitia. Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. 2016.
  • John Paul II. Familiaris Consortio. Encyclical Letter. 1982.
  • Paul VI. Humanae Vitae. Encyclical Letter. 1968.
  • Pontifical Council for the Family. The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family. 1995.
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women. 10th Anniversary ed. Washington, DC: United States Council of Catholic Bishops, 2002.