Critical Inquiry (Online)

Subject Overview

This subject is designed to prepare students to be successful in their postgraduate studies.

The subject strengthens existing academic abilities and literacies, usually gained through undergraduate study, and introduces contemporary topics to help students develop critical thinking, research and communication skills. The subject includes an introduction to contemplative inquiry which underpins the postgraduate curriculum.

The subject will support students in their first session of postgraduate study; facilitate an understanding of the nature and structure of their degrees; provide resources and peer support to enhance academic and digital literacies needed for success in their degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of critical reading and analysis of scholarly material at a postgraduate level.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking and analysis processes, and how they contribute to postgraduate learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and capacity for, higher level scholarly expression.
  • Be able to navigate the Institute’s support systems, learning structures and digital learning resources.
  • Provide evidence of high level research and inquiry based learning abilities.
  • Be able to collaborate effectively with peers on learning tasks.

Subject Structure

This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:

Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2: Digital Intensive Classroom (5 days x 8 hrs/day)
Weeks 3 – 5: Submission of assessments online



Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.