Human Sexuality


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 all aspects of the human person and permeates all human relationships and the lifestyles of people. The unit explores Catholic teaching on human sexuality in general; it considers the implications of this teaching for vocations such as marriage and family, for varied lifestyles, and committed relationships; it addresses social issues pertaining to sex and sexuality in contemporary society as well as the nature and context of education in human sexuality.

Census Dates

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




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


  • one seminar presentation (1,500 words) 20%
  • two 3,000-word papers 2 x 50%


  • 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. 1996.
  • 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 Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2002.