Issues in Psychological and Neurological Science:  Marriage, Family, and the Sexual Difference

JPI 605/839

Pope John Paul II stated, “Only a Christian anthropology, enriched by the contribution of indisputable scientific data, including that of modern psychology and psychiatry, can offer a complete and thus realistic vision of humans.” This vision will guide the exploration of the neurological and psychological discoveries regarding male and female gender. Topics to be covered also include divorce, sexual and physical abuse, homosexuality, abortion, psychotherapy, marriage counseling, family therapy, and pastoral responses to these issues.


Course Texts for Fall 2021

  • Johnson, S. (2013). Love Sense: The revolutionary new science of romantic relationships. New York: Little, Brown and Company. (book)
  • Marquardt, E. (2005). Between two worlds: The inner lives of children of divorce. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.  (book)
  • Sax, L. (2017). Why gender matters: What parents and teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differences (2nd ed.). New York: Haarmony Books. (book)
  • Course compendium – available from Cognella

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