This module is designed to introduce students to the use of mindfulness and associated concepts in the maintenance of emotional and psychological well-being. The module combines theoretical knowledge and research with experiential learning. As well as examining the history, theories and application of mindfulness-based practices in mental healthcare, students will have the opportunity to engage in mindfulness practice.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : A broad-based knowledge of mindfulness practices and associated concepts, an understanding of the history and development of contemporary practices, and an opportunity to engage reflectively their own in mindfullness practice

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history and origins of mindfulness practices

2.  Show competence and participatory engagement in mindfulness meditation practices, and facilitate and support others in mindful practices

3.  Communicate their knowledge of how mindfulness interlinks with other associated approaches to mental well-being e.g. MBCT, MBSR

4.  Critically discuss research on the use of mindfulness based practices in treating mental health problems

5.  Reflect on and discuss the broader socio-political context which has enabled the development of mindfulness based practices in contemporary western society

Indicative Content

1 Origins of mindfulness

Buddhism, eastern philosophies and meditation practices. The western adoption of meditation from 1960s-present. Key figures in the development of mindfulness practices

2 Mindfulness Practices

Introductory training and support in developing students own mindfulness practice, ongoing peer- group facilitation and on-line reflective writing on the process. Introduction to the variety of mindfulness activities and methods of engagement in mindfulness practices

3 Contemporary research and theory in mindfulness

Evaluation of the applications and effectiveness of mindfulness-based practices in mental health and well- being. Introduction to the cognitive and spiritual models of mindfulness

4 Socio-political context

The cultural and research movements which have allowed the incorporation of mindfulness practices in to western medicine and healthcare

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is designed to use a learning community based approach to mindfulness practices. Theory workshops and lectures will teach key concepts and research evidence behind mindfulness, and associated practices. A critical and enquiry-based learning approach will be encouraged within the group to facilitate reflection and discussion. Students will be engaged during class time and independently in mindfulness-based practices and will record and reflect on this practice throughout the module.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 7
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 13
Unsupervised Practical Activity 13
Assessment 40
Independent 117

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.