This subject provides student practitioners with specialised skill development and understanding of best practices in engaging with others in values-based issues. Students will explore the effectiveness of a variety of communication and teaching strategies in multicultural and multi-faith communities. A learning environment is provided from which students can analyse best practices, appraise competencies, and apply theory in the teaching and application of humanistic values and Buddhist wisdom in a contemplative and ethical manner. Topics covered include ethical engagement, teaching methodologies, contemplative learning strategies, religious promotion, and project management in both faith-based and secular communities. Guest lecturers will be invited to share best practices.
- Articulate the significance of humanistic bodhisattva values such as compassion, wisdom, committed service and practice through the development, delivery and evaluation of presentation materials for teaching purpose.
- Develop and evaluate interpersonal resources for incorporating spiritual practice in light of foundational themes in Humanistic Buddhism.
- Demonstrate specialised knowledge of how to integrate the bodhisattva values of compassion, wisdom, committed service and practice into ethical engagement with others.
- Deeply reflect on the experience of engaging with others in values-based issues.
- Assessment 1: Individual teaching presentation on the significance of a buddhisattva value, and critical self-evaluation (30%, due week 4)
- Assessment 2: Portfolio consisting of literature critiques and journal entries (35%, due week 7)
- Assessment 3: Reflective report detailing practical application of professional engagement strategies to a real-word learning experience in a group (35%, due week 10)