An emerging field, Contemplative Studies & Well-Being is the theoretical and applied exploration of contemplative traditions, mindfulness practices, and the constituents of human flourishing. It draws on a full array of areas of knowledge such as Indigenous Spiritualities, Asian Philosophies, Theories of Personalities, Philosophy of Religion, and many others. It aims to make a genuine contribution to satisfying societal needs and, as such, has concerns beyond academic study with the promotion of human well-being: contemplative practices are known to have a wide range of benefits (from mental health to creativity to productivity).
The past decade has witnessed the spectacular growth of interest in this field. For example, the University of Ottawa launched in 2017 its own Academy of Contemplative Studies and Mindfulness, a multi-disciplinary initiative, drawing together expertise from Medicine, Psychology and the Humanities.
This 15-course-unit cross-disciplinary option in Contemplative Studies & Well-Bring proposes to train students in third-person critical thinking as well as first-person experiential knowledge in the study of humanity’s vast repertoire of contemplative practices and experiences.
What is a Transdisciplinary option?
Transdisciplinary options are microcredentials that allow you to tailor your degree and develop competencies outside of your Honours BA, Major or Minor. These thematic microcredentials range from 9 to 18 course units and can be taken from your electives. Options can be added to most of the B.A. and B.Sc. programs at the Faculty of Arts and the name of the option will appear on your transcript. Adding one or several options to your degree allows you to be the architect of your degree and develop additional competencies beyond your fields of study.
The table below includes only the option-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the possible combinations available within the Faculty of Arts.
|AHL 2150||Introduction to Contemplative Studies and Well-being||3 Units|
|AHL 3156||Meditation: Theory and Practice||3 Units|
|SRS 3354||Mysticism and Spiritual Experience||3 Units|
|AHL 4150||Mindful Tech||3 Units|
|3 optional course units from:||3 Units|
|Special topics in Contemplative Studies and Well-being I|
|Special topics in Contemplative Studies and Well-being II|
|Indigenous Spiritualities in the Americas.|
|Leisure : Concepts and Values|
|Philosophy of Religion|
|Introduction to Psychology: Foundations|
|Introduction to Psychology: Applications|
|The Religions of the World I|
|The Religions of the World II|
|Religious Ways of the Aboriginal Peoples|
|Religion, Animals, Nature|
|Religion and Death|