Human Sexuality


30 hours
TM 103.1

A. Course Description

This course examines several topics on human sexuality such as intimacy, patriarchal system, homosexuality, friendship, body, and feminism as a way to understand human beings who seek transformation in faith.  This course invites students to write a journal on their process of self-understanding, including one’s framework of human sexuality and self-knowledge. This course is composed of lectures, watching films, and group discussions based on the reading of articles. This course  approach the human sexuality in  more spiritual and pastoral way rather than Catholic sexual or bioethics.  After class, the students will read the reading assignment which will help them to integrate their thought.

B. Course Content

Class #1: Introduction to the course; Sexuality as revelation of human vocation of love; Sex and sexuality; What is human being? Reflection Log #1: How do I understand myself or human beings as sexual being/s?

Class #2: What is gender? ( ideology of gender) Patriarchy; Difference: binary system; How do we understand the power relation between male and female? Theological issue: ordination of women (women discipleship); What is the right relationship between men and women? Reflection log 2  How can I develop the partnership with the other?

Class #3: Homosexuality and Transgender; Michael Foucault; Film Philadelphia; Gay parade; Reflection log 3: What is your understanding of homo-sexuality?

Class #4: Pedophilia; Loneliness and alienation; Friendship; Reflection log 4:  your reflection on the problem of pedophilia.

Class #5: Marriage and Conjugal Relationship; Celibacy; Reflection log 5  What is your own understanding of celibacy?

Class #6; Human Body: what is the body? Body movement and Body image. Trans-human body; Reflection log 6: What is your body image? Or what is the body?

Class #7: Human development (psycho-spiritual development cycle); Addiction. Depression. Frustration.  A sense of joy and laughter; Log 7:  describe your sexual development and future.

Class #8: Feminism; Reading the O.T from a woman’s perspective; Ruth/ Rebecca/ Hagar/ Tamar; Women’s anger and silence; Log 8:  How can we handle women’s anger and silence?

Class #9: Jesuit document; How can we approach the people who struggle with the issues: abortion, divorce, sexual intimacy before the marriage; Log 9: how do you want to meet the people and create intersubjective relationship?

C. Course Evaluation

This course grade will be composed of:

  • Active participation: 30 points
  • Reflection paper: 45 points
  • The final synthesis paper: 25 points

The Final Synthesis paper includes

  • What is your own understanding of human sexuality?
  • Which emotions need to be developed for your own growth?
  • What is your sexual identity?
  • How do you want to approach the people on the margin in terms of gender, sexual orientation?
  • What is the difference between desire, need, and love? You can use your own experience.