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PACS6921: Peace of Mind and Peace in the World

This unit explores the concept of peace of mind and how cultivating inner peace can contribute to outer peace and security. We examine processes of fragmentation of self and self, self and other, and self and the Earth and how these can be transformed. Students will engage in experiential learning about transformative processes such as presencing, deep listening, embodiment and resonance drawing on Indigenous knowledges, phenomenological awareness based practices, conscious agency and creativity. We consider how peace of mind can be affected by individual and collective cultural trauma, and critically analyse approaches to healing and resilience as contributions to inner and outer peace.

Code PACS6921
Academic unit Sociology and Criminology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. appreciate multidisciplinary knowledge and ways of learning about and practising peace of mind and peace in the world
  • LO2. understand the connections between inner and outer peace: how a knowledge of underlying psychosocial processes can help with creating more peaceful societies
  • LO3. develop knowledge about the role of trauma as fragmentation, and psychosocial processes as part of building peace for individuals and communities
  • LO4. engage with philosophical approaches and develop skills in awareness-based practices for attaining peace of mind
  • LO5. appreciate indigenous philosophies, spirituality and peace with the earth