This subject will explore definitions of mindfulness from both western and Buddhist perspectives. Empirical research on the study of mindfulness will be reviewed as well as specific approaches to applying mindfulness for self-care and the care of those seeking help in a health context. Students will explore the theory, principles and practice of mindfulness, including its health, wellbeing, resilience, and neuroplasticity benefits, and its application to conditions of stress, physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing. Students will investigate a specific area of mindfulness application in detail.
- Clearly explain mindfulness and the various applications of mindfulness in secular settings.
- Compare and contrast the definition and utilisation of mindfulness in Buddhism and in secular settings.
- Critically evaluate evidence-based information on the use of mindfulness in the secular world.
- Critically evaluate the use of mindfulness training in mental health, health, education and business settings.
- Undertake a detailed critical investigation of the utility of mindfulness with one specific population or in a specific setting or with a particular presentation of suffering.
- Assessment 1: Essay (50%, due week 6)
- Assessment 2: Reflective journal (50%, due week 10)