Courses 2015-2016

Contemplative Studies Courses 2015 - 2016

 

This is a listing of the Brown Contemplative Studies courses that are available Fall and Spring Semesters 2015 - 2016 in the areas required for the completion of the Contemplative Studies Concentration.  We invite you to peruse the list to get an idea of the breadth and depth this area of study and practice has to offer.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Anne_Heyrman-Hart@Brown.edu. 

In order to receive a degree in Contemplative Studies, you are required to complete:

Spring 2016

  • UNIV 0540:  Introduction to Contemplative Studies (Roth)W:  3 - 5:30 pm and (Meditation Lab) M-W-F:  9 - 9:50 am
    (Also to be taught in Summer 2016)

Two introductory science courses that focus on the cognitive neurological functioning of the human brain and how contemplative practices affect it:

One Course from List A:

Fall 2015 

  • BIOL 0800:  Priniciples of Physiology (Stein)
    Tu-Th:  10:30 - 11:50 am
  • NEUR 0010:  The Brain:  An Introduction to Neuroscience (Stein, Paradiso)
    Tu-Th:  1 - 2:20 pm
  • CLPS 0500:  Perception and Mind (Song)
    Tu-Th:  9 - 10:20 am
  • (and others, with approval)

Spring 2016

  • BIOL 0800:  Principle of Physiology (Hai, Sobieraj)
    M-W-F:  10 - 10:50 am
  • CLPS 0040:  Mind and Brain:  Introducton to Cognitive Neuroscience (Domini)
    Tu-Th:  1 - 2:20 pm
  • CLPS 0200:  Human Cognition (Austerweil)
    Tu-Th:  1 - 2:20 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

One Course from List B: 

Spring 2016

  • UNIV 1000:  Cognitive Neuroscience of Meditation (Kerr)
    (TBA)
  • (and others, with approval)


Two humanities courses that introduce students to the contemplative religious traditions and to the philosophical analysis of the key questions of human existence: 

Fall 2015

  • CLAS 1120G:  The Idea of Self (Pucci)
    M-W-F:  1 - 1:50 pm
  • PHIL 0250:  The Meaning of Life (Larmore)
    M-W-F:  11 - 11:50 am
  • PHIL 0350:  Ancient Philosophy (Gill)
    M-W-F:  12 - 12:50 pm
  • RELS 0290E:  Engaged Buddhism (Roth)
    Th:  4 - 6:30 pm and (Meditation Lab) M-W-F:  9 - 9:50 pm
  • UNIV 0456:  Stages of the Contemplative Path (Lindahl)
    Tu-Th:  9 - 10:20 am and (Meditation lab) M:  4 - 5 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

Spring 2016

  • CLAS 1160:  Classics of Indian Literature (Fitzgerald)
    Tu-Th:  10:30 - 11:50 am
  • PHIL 0010:  The Place of Persons (Christensen)
    M-W-F:  11 - 11:50 am
  • RELS 0056:  Spiritual But Not Religious:  American Spirituality Past+Present (Vaca)
    M-W-F:  1 - 1:50 pm

After the preliminary courses are completed, students choose to take either a Sciences Track or a Humanities Track. 

TRACK REQUIREMENTS (6 COURSES)

Sciences Track

Three thematic science courses drawn primarily from NEUR and CLPS, at least two of which must be 1000-level:

Fall 2015

  • NEUR 1030:  Neural Systems (Linden)
    Tu-Th:  2:30 - 3:50 pm
  • PHP 1880:  Meditation, Mindfulness, and Health (Loucks)
    W:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

Spring 2016

  • NEUR 1020:  Principles of Neurobiology (Aizenmen)
    Tu-Th:  9 - 10:20 am
  • CLPS 1400:  The Neural Bases of Cognition (Burwell)
    M:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • CLPS 1572:  Visual Consciousness (Watanabe)
    F:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

One statistics course: 

Fall 2015

  • APMA 1650:  Statistical Inference 1 (Klivans)
    Tu-Th:  1 - 2:20 pm
  • CLPS 0900:  Quantitative Methods in Psychology (Spoehr)
    Tu-Th:  10:30 - 11:50 am
  • PHP 1501:  Essential of Data Analysis (Gutman)
    Tu-Th:  1 - 2:20 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

Spring 2016

  • APMA 0650:  Essential Statistics (Harrison)
    Tu-Th:  9 am - 10:20 am
  • APMA 1650:  Statistical Inference 1 (TBA)
    M-W-F:  11 - 11:50 am
  • BIOL 0495:  Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (TBA)
    Tu-Th:  10:30 - 11:50 am
  • CLPS 0900:  Quantitative Methods in Psychology (Wright)
    M-W-F:  10 - 10:50 am
  • EDUC 1110:  Introductory Statistics for Education Research and Policy Analysis (Kraft)
    Tu-Th:  2:50 - 3:30 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

Two semesters laboratory research: 

Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

  • 2 semesters research in an established lab (e.g. BIOL 1950 or 1960) with Britton, Kerr, Loucks, Watanabe or approved others

Humanities Track

Select 6 courses from either Contemplative Religious Traditions and/or Philosophy of Mind:

Contemplative Religious Traditions

Fall 2015

  • CLAS 0820:  The Epics of India (Fitzgerald)
    M-W-F:  10 - 10:50 am
  • CLAS 0995:  The Performing Arts in Classical South Asia (Buchta)
    Tu-Th:  1 - 2:20 pm
  • RELS 0195/EAST 0180:  Japan:  Nature, Ritual and the Arts (Sawada)
    TBA
  • RELS 1440:  Themes in Japanese Buddhism (Sawada)
    W:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • RELS 0580:  Experiencing the Sacred:  Embodiment and Aesthetics in South Asian Religions (Moore-Gerety)
    Tu-Th:  4 - 6:30 pm
  • SCSO 1700P:  Neuroethics (Poland)
    Tu:  4 - 6:30 pm
  • SOC 1871R:  Knowledge Networks and Global Transformation (Kennedy)
    W:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

Spring 2016

  • CLAS 0850/RELS 0925:  The Mythology of India (Fitzgerald)
    Tu-Th:  2:30 - 3:50 pm
  • EAST 1950/RELS 0950:  The Floating World (Sawada)
    W:  3- 5:30 pm
  • RELS 1370B:  The Philosophy of Mysticism (Bush)
    M:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • RELS 1442:  The History, Philosophy and Practice of Rinzai Zen Buddhism (Roth)
    Th:  4 - 6:30 pm and (Meditation Lab) Tu-Th 10:30 11:50 am
  • (and others, with approval)

The Philosophy of Mind

Fall 2015

  • PHIL 0990M:  Descartes' Meditations (Larmore)
    W:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • PHIL 1290:  Kant's Moral Philosophy (Guyer)
    Tu-Th:  10:30 - 11:50 am
  • PHIL 1750:  Epistemology (Christensen)
    Tu-Th:  10:30 - 11:50 am
  • PHIL 2020O:  Puzzles of Consciousness (Pautz)
    Th:  4 - 6:30 pm
  • PHIL 2150G:  Aristotle's Metaphysics (Gill)
    W:  6 - 8:30 pm
  • (and others, with approval)

Spring 2016

  • PHIL 0360:  Early Modern Philosophy (Guyer)
    M-W-F:  12 - 12:50 pm
  • PHIL 1520:  Consciousness (Hill)
    Tu-Th:  1 - 2:20 pm
  • PHIL 2050:  Epistemology (Christensen)
    M:  3 - 5:30 pm
  • UNIV XXX:  Buddhist Ethical Thought (Davis)
    TBA
  • (and others, with approval)

One additional course beyond the two introductory level core courses outside one's chosen Concentration Track; this course may also be drawn from a range of courses in the Contemplative Creative Arts. 

Concentrators are required to complete a Capstone Seminar and Paper during their Senior Year: 

Fall 2015
UNIV 1950:  Capstone Seminar in Contemplative Studies
Tu:  6:30 - 9 pm