Buddhist and Other Contemplative Practices

Course code RELT1022Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will explore Buddhist as well as other contemplative practices and meditation from a historical, textual, comparative and experiential perspective. It focuses on diverse and representative forms of contemplative practice from the Buddhist and other major religious traditions. It will study these through a variety of means: by reading and discussing primary texts in translation, by conversing about specific religious traditions, and by learning from each other in presentations.
The course is developed in the spirit of the emerging contemplative practice in higher education, which strives to bring the insights of contemplative traditions to tertiary studies and professional practice. It also examines recent neuroscience research on the effects of meditation and contemplation. It relies on Tibetan Buddhist contemplative practice (meditation predominantly) and philosophy as a framework, however, the strengths of other contemplative practices are highlighted and will be explored.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the key methods and history of Buddhist and other contemplative practices
2. Analyse the emerging neuroscience literature on the effects of contemplative practices.
3. Employ practical skills in reflective and contemplative practice;
4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThis course will explore Buddhist and other contemplative practices and meditation from a historical, textual, comparative and experiential perspective.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x 1000 word essay (60%)
Online Discussion4 x 250 word discussion board (20%)
Quiz - On-line4 x 1hr quiz (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for RELT1022