Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses for Fall 2017

Courses about Consciousness, Well-Being, and Mindfulness

FALL 2017


The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes.


INTS 395-011 “Compassion in the Workplace” with Suzie Carmack. 8:00am to 5:00pm August 21-25. In this week-long intensive course held before the fall semester begins, we will take a 360 degree view of compassion in "service-oriented" workplace contexts, including education (k-12 and university), healthcare, security and public sector settings. We will explore how compassion can both help and potentially hurt workers in these fields with regards to their personal well-being outcomes and their workplace engagement and productivity. Students will learn role conflict negotiation skills, self-care practices, and mindful leadership techniques that can help to prevent burnout and promote career and team well-being. Upon completion of the week-long intensive course, students will design a compassion in the workplace care plan as their final project. Register at Patriot web


INTS 475-012 “Strategies for Personal and Organization Well-Being in Turbulent Times” with Flynn Bucy. Five Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm: September 9 & 30, October 21, November 11, and December 2. This course explores promising strategies for personal and organizational adaptability and resilience in an era where unsustainable economic, environmental and social trends are reaching tipping points that are resulting in significance turbulence. Advancing the range of factors affecting well-being is a challenge in the best of times. These challenges are compounded in turbulent times and require additional strategies for not only coping but thriving. The course will study recent research findings and factors driving ever-more rapid and interdependent changes in our global village. Most of the course will be dedicated to discussing and applying a series of specific well-being strategies and practices for both individuals and organizations.Register at Patriot web


INTS 395-004 Meditation, Mindfulness, and Stress Management” with Stacey Guenther. Fridays, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm from September 1 through November 10 (but no class October 20).   This experiential learning course explores the art and science of mindfulness through many different meditative traditions. You will be required to engage in regular meditation practice outside of class. The course will also cover the biology, effects, and interventions for stress, and it will explore how best to manage your own stress response. (3 credits) Register at Patriot web


INTS 355-001 “Mindfulness, Meaning and Well-Being” with Mark Thurston. Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 – 2:45 pm. This is an introductory course to the study of consciousness and personal transformation. It is a required course for the undergraduate minor in consciousness and transformation, as well as the new minor in well-being, but it is open to any student. We will study the science of human consciousness, learn basic methods of meditation and how to find meaning in a dream, explore the factors that help us find happiness and meaning in life, and conduct a personal vision quest related to recognizing one’s own life-purpose. (3 credits) Register at Patriot web. (Previously titled “Consciousness, Meaning and Life-Purpose.)


INTS 475-001 “Foundations of Well-Being and Resilience” with Nance Lucas. Wednesdays 1:30 -- 4:10pm. Students will explore the many ways in which resilience can be learned and developed on individual, community, and organizational levels, and how resilience promotes growth and restores efficacy and agency, leading to higher levels of flourishing. This course is designed to engage students’ learning through exposure to the growing literature and research on well-being and resilience, combined with tools used to facilitate resilience in individual and group contexts. Students will learn how to apply concepts related to resilience and well-being to all types of careers and in all dimensions of life. (3 credits) Register at Patriot web.     


MUSI 455-001   “Music As a Healing Art” with Glenn Smith. Mondays, 7:20 – 10:00 pm. The study of the relationship between musical vibrations and the natural rhythms of the body. Topics include the history of music and healing, sound theory, cymatics, toning, and a survey of vibrational healing modalities and theories. Students will 1) learn how musical vibrations affect the body, mind, and spirit, 2) discover how and why sound is a powerful source for healing, 3) find out how the physical body is made from sound and how sound affects physical matter (cymatics), and 4) make a clear distinction between healing and curing.   (3 credits) Register at Patriot web


GCH 325-001 “Stress and Well-Being” instructor TBA.   This is an online, asynchronous course which explores the influences of stress on population-based health issues. The causes and pathways of the stress experience are explored from an ecological public health perspective. Theoretical aspects of stress and coping are considered, along with methods for relieving and preventing the stress response in both individuals and communities. A required course for the new well-being minor. (3 credits) Register at Patriot web


UNIV 371 -- section DL1   “Dimensions of Well-Being” with Mark Thurston.   This is an online, asynchronous course that introduces students to the terminology and basic science of well-being, along with personal well-being practices to test how the student can cultivate greater resilience, mindfulness, and meaning. (1 credit) Register at Patriot web

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