Program Requirements

Note: Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with New College programs will have new three-letter designators based on the area of study: “AFR” (African Studies), “BPM” (Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health), “CAR” (Caribbean Studies), and “CSE” (Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity). For program completion purposes, the courses previously offered under the “NEW” designator are interchangeable with the new designator(s).

Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health Minor Program

Consult the Program Administrator for more information, at  nc.undergradadmin@utoronto.ca or 416-978-5404.

To complete this Minor Program, students should take 4 full courses or their equivalent, including one FCE (full course equivalent) at the 300+level.

First Year: No specific first-year courses are required.

Required for Higher Years:
1. BPM232H1 Buddhist Psychology
2. 2.0 full course equivalents from the Core Group
3. 1.5 full course equivalents from Group A

Core Group of courses:
BPM214H1 Socially Engaged Buddhism
BPM330H1 Mindfulness-Informed Interventions for Mental Health
BPM332H1 Buddhism and Psychotherapy
BPM333H1 Buddhism and Cognitive Science
BPM334H1 Science of Wisdom: Buddhist and Western Traditions
BPM335H1 Meditation and the Body
BPM336H1 Special Topics in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health
BPM337H1 Special Topics in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health
BPM338H1 Exploring Mindful Awareness
BPM339H1 Yogacara Buddhism and Western Psychology
BPM430H1 Jungian Psychology and Tantric Buddhism
BPM432H1 Advanced Special Topics in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health
BPM433H1 Advanced Special Topics in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health
BPM438H1 Mindfulness Meditation: Science and Research

Group A course options:
ANT100Y1, ANT204H1, ANT348H1, ANT356H1; COG250Y1, COG341H1, COG342H1; EAS241H1, EAS361H1, EAS393H1; FAH260H1; HIS280Y1, HIS282Y1; HMB300H1, HMB434H1; HPS100H1, HPS110H1, HPS200H1, HPS250H1, HPS326H1, BPM214H1, BPM214Y1, NEW302Y1, NEW303H1, BPM332H1, BPM333H1, BPM335H1, BPM336H1, BPM339H1, BPM432H1, BPM433H1, BPM438H1; PHL100Y1, PHL200Y1, PHL201H1, PHL217H1, PHL232H1, PHL235H1, PHL237H1, PHL240H1, PHL244H1, PHL275H1, PHL281H1, PHL302H1, PHL310H1, PHL311H1, PHL319H1, PHL320H1, PHL326H1, PHL331H1, PHL332H1, PHL335H1, PHL340H1, PHL341H1, PHL375H1, PHL376H1, PHL382H1, PHL383H1, PHL404H1, PHL405H1, PHL406H1, PHL407H1, PHL414H1, PHL478H1, PHL479H1; PSY100H1, PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY311H1, PSY312H1, PSY313H1, PSY321H1, PSY326H1, PSY331H1, PSY333H1, PSY336H1, PSY337H1, PSY341H1, PSY342H1, PSY343H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY414H1, PSY425H1, PSY426H1, PSY434H1, PSY435H1, PSY450H1, PSY473H1, PSY493H1; RLG200H1, RLG206H1, RLG209H1, RLG211H1, RLG212H1, RLG213H1, RLG229H1, RLG231H1, RLG245H1, RLG246H1, RLG280Y1, RLG301H1, RLG303H1, RLG304H1, RLG311H1, RLG366H1, RLG368H1, RLG372H1, RLG373H1, RLG374H1, RLG375H1, RLG376H1, RLG377H1, RLG378H1, RLG379H1, RLG421H1, RLG440H1, RLG462H1, RLG463H1, RLG465H1, RLG466H1, RLG467H1, RLG468H1, RLG469Y1, RLG470H1; SOC212H1, SOC243H1, SOC250Y1, SOC363H1, SOC448H1, SOC483H1; VIC106H1, VIC206H1

Note: Students are responsible for checking the co- and prerequisites for all courses.

Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Courses in 2021-22

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Program is offering the following courses:

  • BPM214H1F – Socially Engaged Buddhism
  • BPM232H1F – Buddhist Psychology
  • BPM330H1S – Mindfulness-Informed Interventions for Mental Health
  • BPM332H1S – Buddhism & Psychotherapy
  • BPM333H1F – Buddhism & Cognitive Science
  • BPM334H1S – Science of Wisdom:  Buddhist and Western Traditions
  • BPM335H1F – Meditation & the Body
  • BPM335H1S – Meditation & the Body
  • BPM336H1S – Special Topics in BPMH:  Buddhist Perspectives on Current Social Issues
  • BPM338H1F – Exploring Mindful Awareness
  • BPM338H1S – Exploring Mindful Awareness
  • BPM432H1S – Advanced Topics in BPMH:  Advances in Neuroscience and Mindfulness
  • BPM433H1S – Advanced Topics in BPMH: Advanced Exploration of Buddhist Psychology & Dharma
  • BPM438H1F – Research Methods in Mindfulness Meditation
  • JNR301H1S – The History of Buddhist Meditation

Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Timetable

Download the 2021-2022 Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health timetable

 

2021-2022 BPMH Special Topics Courses

BPM336H1S – Special Topics in BPMH:  Buddhist Perspectives on Current Social Issues

Applies ethical principles found in Buddhist canonical sources to a wide range of current social, political and environmental issues, including abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, suicide, sexuality and cloning.  Through critical examination, students draw contrasts and comparisons with Western ethical approaches to these ethical issues.

BPM432H1S – Advanced Topics in BPMH:  Advances in Neuroscience and Mindfulness

Meditation has been shown to improve many health conditions.  Many of the beneficial effects of meditation have been linked to specific physiological changes in the brain and body.  This course will expose students to the theories, tools and techniques used in meditation research.  Students will learn about the scientific method and experimental design, critique meditation research, participate in a meditation experiment and propose an original study that examines the effects of meditation on the body.

BPM433H1S – Advanced Topics in BPMH: Advanced Exploration of Buddhist Psychology & Dharma

This course draws upon traditional Buddhist teachings from across different lineages and schools of practice, with a primary focus on approaches to understand/transform suffering and develop wellbeing/compassion. Buddhist Psychology and Dharma provides a rich foundation for exploring the nature of reality and consciousness, while also illustrating pragmatic approaches to cultivating mental health and wellness rooted in mindfulness and meditation.