Module details for Mindfulness


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 mindfulness 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.  Possess competence and evaluate 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 critically 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 7
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 26
Assessment 40
Independent 117
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.