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ED555B: COMPASSION (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

ED555B Compassion is the second course in the MSc in Studies in Mindfulness. It follows the same teaching approach as the first course. ED505B Compassion is unique not only in prioritising the study of compassion but also in developing compassion within mindfulness practice. The initial focus is on self-compassion and then opening out to others. The practice of compassion is contextualised within a wider focus on loving-kindness, joy, and equanimity. The module draws on insights from evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and Buddhism.



Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description


ED555B Compassion includes the following themes in in the teaching, study and practice curriculum:

  • Evolutionary context for understanding why compassion is important
  • The neuroscience of Compassion
  • Three emotional regulation systems, and the emotional basis of compassion
  • Defining compassion: the two psychologies
  • Importance of practicing self-compassion
  • Working with the self-critic
  • From self-compassion to compassion for others
  • Four Immeasurable Qualities: loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity
  • Practicing tonglen – taking and sending
  • Cultivating joy, gratitude and appreciation
  • Compassion in action: practicing compassion in our lives and workplaces
  • Contextualising compassion within culture and society

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Any Postgraduate Programme Certificate in Studies in Mindfulness
  • Any Postgraduate Programme Diploma in Studies in Mindfulness
  • MSc Studies in Mindfulness

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Teaching Breakdown


1st attempt: There will be one assignment of 6000-8000 words. This will comprise two parts. Resit: There will be one opportunity to resubmit the assignment.

Formative Assessment




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