Principles of Professional Engagement


    Key Information

    Lecture dates 2019: 21 - 25 October 2019

    Lecture dates 2020: 26 - 30 October 2020

    Census date 2019: 21 October 2019

    Census date 2020: 26 October 2020

    Lecturer: Venerable Dr Juewei Duration: 5 weeks (incl. 5 days on-campus)*
    Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia
    Subject Code: HB902

    Subject Overview

    This subject provides student practitioners with advanced skill development and understanding of best practices in engaging the public and devotees.  Building upon materials covered in previous aspects of the course, 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 exercise 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 and facilitate learning activities.


    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this subject, participants will be able to:

      Demonstrate professional skills and capabilities that include philosophical and ethical values, to engage devotees, volunteers and members of the public on faith-based issues

      Apply contemplative and ethical learning strategies when introducing Humanistic Buddhism to children, students and adults in multicultural and multi-faith communities.
    Develop and evaluate resources for incorporating spiritual practice into Buddhist projects and activities
      Critically evaluate a situation, analyse the tools and methods available for interventions, investigate contemporary action plans, and present the results.

    Lecture topics and class activities include

      Philosophy, principles, professional and ethical values, and skills for faith-based social engagement

      Learning and teaching methodologies to suit a variety of learning needs: contemplative pedagogy, andragogy and heutagogy
      Different learning settings: temple, classroom and online
      Working with multicultural and multi-faith communities
      Religious promotion
      Project management and communication

    * Time structure:

    - 1st week: pre-reading

    - 2nd week: face-to-face classes at NTI Wollongong Campus
    - 3rd to 5th week: time for completing written assessments