School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module is comprised of two components. The first is participating in an 8-week mindfulness course in which you will be introduced to mindfulness as a participant on a mindfulness course. This will give you the platform for an experiential understanding of mindfulness.
Alongside this experiential aspect, you will also learn about the theory and research that underpin mindfulness-based approaches including an understanding of mechanisms such as autopilot, psychophysiology of stress and depression as well as exploring the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions in the community, with general, as well as specific populations.
Threshold: (D) Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.
Good: (B) Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material.
Excellent: (A) Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.
- Communicate coherently.
- Critically evaluate and synthesise research and theory to communicate a compelling argument.
- Demonstrate ability to describe internal experiences and processes.
- Demonstrate evidence of development and cultivation of attitudinal foundations of mindfulness.
- Display evidence of sustained mindfulness practice.
- Explore the use of mindfulness-based approaches for particular client population(s) or area(s) of difficulty.
- Show an understanding of origins, principles, theories and rationales supporting the contemporary uses of mindfulness-based approaches.
Reflective Journal: Write a summary of personal reflections on your experience and personal learning process which has arisen during the session and in the previous week. The accumulated inputs over 8 sessions will form 50% of the overall assessment.
Essay: Write a 2000-word essay describing and critically analysing the ways in which mindfulness-based interventions promote change. Discuss this in relation to a potential area of application for a mindfulness-based course. Your chosen area of application can be a particular client population (e.g. learning disability, chronic fatigue etc.) or a particular context (e.g. business setting, school children etc.).