PED 195 Syllabus

Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014

Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Any curriculum requiring a PED elective

Course Number and Title:           PED 195, Topics in Meditation

Credit Hours:   1cr.             Hours/Wk Lecture:   1        Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:    1


I.              Catalog Description: Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:  These classes enable students to develop and refine their personal wellness goals through an understanding of the art of meditation.


III.             Required background:  None


IV.          Course Content:

A.   Why Meditate?

B.   What is Meditation?

C.   Breath awareness

D.   Mindfulness

E.   Why is daily meditation practice important?

F.    Why is meditation now offered in health care settings & for stress reduction

G.   Mindful eating

H.   How to bring more mindfulness into your life

I.      Practicing mindfulness

J.    Mindfulness meditation

K.   Mindfulness, kindness, compassion, & equanimity

V.  Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students

will know:

VI.  Evaluation


Attendance, skill development, final exam


A.   breath awareness (pranayama).

B.     various meditation techniques and styles.

C.     skills to help reduce habitual reactions to stress.

VII.    This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:

Cultural and Social Understanding
Personal Development