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PHL 308 – Introduction to Contemplative Studies (4)

Combines a “third-person” scholarly approach with “critical first-person” experience and reflection in the study of contemplative practices. Explores both religious and secular contemplative traditions, practices and worldviews in cultures-of-origin, and as adopted by other cultures and adapted over time. Reviews practices including yoga, movement, meditation, prayer, presence in nature, ritual, service, recitation, introspection, writing and creative expression. Analyzes practices in primary philosophical, religious, historical, cultural, and psychological contexts. Emphasizes textual study, expert dialogues, discussion and development of contemplative skills. Applies principles to social issues and integrates values and meaning-making with career development. CROSSLISTED as PHL 308/REL 308. (Bacc Core Course) This course may be subject to Enforced Prerequisites that restrict registration into the course. Check the offerings below for more information.

Course Attributes
Core, Pers, Cult Diversity

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TermCRNSecCrP/NInstructorTypeStatusCapAvailWL CapWL Avail
F23167464004Gallagher, K.Online Closed15000
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* = Prereq may be taken prior to or simultaneously with this course.