The Theology of the Body course is
designed to help students discover the goodness, beauty and purpose of their
sexuality and see why it is so fundamental to our ability to love. By helping
students come to a better understand what the Church teaches and believes
about human sexuality they will be challenged to learn to express their
sexuality properly, without repressing it and to see how God's purpose and
meaning for their life is an invitation to love with a pure heart.
1. Identify how and why God’s very
purpose for our life is stamped into our body.
2. Distinguish authentic love (total
self-donation) from lust (utilitarianism).
3. Articulate why sexual desire is
good but also a struggle because of concupiscence.
4. Identify how sexual union between
husband and wife is meant as a foreshadowing of Heaven.
5. Outline why the fundamental
qualities of authentic love must be free, total, faithful, and fruitful.
6. Clarify the Church’s teachings on
sexuality in light of an accurate understanding of true freedom (desiring and
choosing the good).
7. Describe how the body speaks its
own language, one designed to speak a language of love
8. Identify how acts such as
fornication, masturbation, contraception, and pornography fall short of the
very purpose and dignity of sex.
9. Encourage a healthy perspective
on dating, one which is focused on purity and purpose.
10. Promote an understanding of the
hope and healing that is found in Christ.
11. Provide basic overview of male
and female reproduction, fertility, a woman’s cycle, birth control, natural
family planning, abortion methods, and sexually transmitted diseases.
*Included in the TOB textbook
fee. To be distrubeted in class.
Copies of any other materials and
handouts that will be utilized will be posted in the 'handout' section of the
class website include male and female anatomy diagrams from" The Art of
Natural Family Planning" (Couple to Couple League)