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ED505A: MINDFULNESS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

ED505A Mindfulness is the first course in the MSc in Studies in Mindfulness. The course introduces the three elements of the Programme: mindfulness practice, the study of mindfulness (and associated concepts) and the relevance of mindfulness to a self-selected professional, work or voluntary context. An introduction to developing a sustained, formal mindfulness practice, based upon a unique approach, is encompassed within the course. Within the course there are two residential weekends of teaching, study and practice.   

The course is assessed through the submission and assessment of a written assignment (6000-8000 words).

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No

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  • Education (ED) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

The course topics are the following:

- Introduction to Mindfulness: what it is, why practice it and its relevance to secular life and work contexts;
- Introduction to postgraduate study;
- Practicing Mindfulness:
  (i)   recognising the unsettled mind and practising being recollected and attending to the present moment;
  (ii)  practising mindful sitting, mindful movement, using mindfulness supports (visual object, sound, breath) and working with distraction;
  (iii) working with and observer and undercurrent model of mindfulness practice and examining how changes can come about;
  (iv) practising mindfulness in daily life situations; 
- Critical Analysis of the Concept of Mindfulness: drawing upon research, relating this analysis to personal practice and experience and to a selected professional context.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

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

Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes


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