2018 Well-being and Mindfulness

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Academic unit or major
Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership
Instructor(s)
Nakano Tamio  Fudano Jun 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue9-10(西9-714)  
Group
-
Course number
TAL.S405
Credits
1
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2018/4/4
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

What sort of leadership is necessary in a new era? What is the well-being of individuals as well as that of organizations and the society at large? In this course, we will examine evidence-based ways to promote the well-being of individuals and organizations leaning from good practices at leading companies such as Google and Zappos. Further, the concept of "mindfulness" is studied through various activities and experimentation for concentrating on the state of one's body and mind as well as of breathing.

Student learning outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Understand, scientifically, what is the well-being of individuals and organizations.
- Deepen the self-awareness through the practice of mindfulness.

Keywords

Well-being, positive psychology, mindfulness, meditation, self awareness, new leadership

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The class will be facilitated by Fudano and Nakano. Fudano will teach the theoretical aspect of well-being. Nakano
will facilitate the mindful practice and group work. The teaching style is an experiential workshop style. We will use our body, mind, emotion, and spirit fully. It is a new challenge and welcome student's feedback.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation: What is Well-Being? Introduction to mindfulness. Read provided materials in advance. Reflect on ideas and information discussed in class; try to practice interventions as much as possible
Class 2 Mindfulness 1: How to feel inside ourselves. Relaxation, Conscious Breathing, and meditation. Body scanning. Read provided materials in advance. Reflect on ideas and information discussed in class; try to practice interventions as much as possible
Class 3 Well-being 1:Positive Psychology and other scientific approaches to well-being Read provided materials in advance. Reflect on ideas and information discussed in class; try to practice interventions as much as possible
Class 4 Mindfulness2: Practice of Yoga and meditation. Read provided materials in advance. Reflect on ideas and information discussed in class; try to practice interventions as much as possible
Class 5 Well-being 2:Positive organizations: Lessons learned from various organizations including Google and Zappos. Read provided materials in advance. Reflect on ideas and information discussed in class; try to practice interventions as much as possible
Class 6 Mindfulness 3: Walking Meditation, Mindful listening, Application for our daily life. Read provided materials in advance. Reflect on ideas and information discussed in class; try to practice interventions as much as possible
Class 7 Well-being 3: Science and Engineering Ethics 2.0: Design for Well-being Prepare for the final report
Class 8 Final work: Sharing student's final reports. Practice what you learned in this course in your real life.

Textbook(s)

Not required (necessary materials will be distributed)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Flourish, Martin E. P. Seligman, 2011
Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: The Science of Happiness, Ilona Boniwell, 2015
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace), Chade-Meng Tan, 2012
Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. Thich Nhat Hanh, 1991

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation in class (including assignments, exercise, group work, feed-back responses): 80%
Final report (Term paper): 20%

Related courses

  • none

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are expected to have sincere interest in such issues related to the well-being and wellness of themselves as well as those of others, organizations, and the society at large, the welfare and justice in society, and positive leadership for the sustainable future.

Other

This is a new class collaborated by Fudano and Nakano. We will pursue the possibility of human body, mind, emotion, and spirit by experiential way. Let's enjoy together.

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