Students will explore definitions of mindfulness from a range of standpoints, including psychological, physiological, secular, Buddhist, and sociological. Students will reflect on what mindfulness means to them in relation to their own lives, as a term, a practice, and a force. Empirical and phenomenological research on mindfulness will be examined, as well as specific approaches to applying mindfulness for self-care and the care of those seeking help in professional contexts. Students will understand the theory, principles, and practice of mindfulness and the way it can facilitate physical and mental wellbeing. Students will gain an understanding of the ways in which mindfulness can be offered in a trauma-informed manner. Students will investigate a specific area of mindfulness application in detail, reflectively engaging with the potential benefits and limitations of mindfulness in relation to their chosen context. Students will develop the skills needed to effectively apply this understanding in both professional and personal contexts.
- 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 on the use of mindfulness in the secular world.
- Critically evaluate the use of mindfulness training in therapeutic 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.
- Demonstrate a personal practice of mindfulness and critical reflection on its benefits and implications.
- Assessment 1: Reflective journal (55%, due week 6)
- Assessment 2: Essay (45%, due week 10)