APSK15745U Elective course - Mindfulness: theory & practice

Volume 2022/2023

This course will deal with the concept of mindfulness. The concept of mindfulness is gaining popularity with academic psychology as well as in mainstream psychology. As the term is being used and applied in a broader range of psychological programs and interventions it becomes  an increasing topic of interest for psychologists.

As such this course aims to qualify the students’ knowledge of the term and enable them to work with mindfulness in a wider range of psychological contexts from a critical scientific basis.

The course will introduce mindfulness as a psychological construct, herein present and discuss ways to understand and describe the concept. Theoretical perspectives that seeks to illuminate the origin, development, potential and limitations of mindfulness will be presented.

Empirical studies that exemplifies the aforementioned, will continuously work to demonstrate different  operationalizations and effects of mindfulness interventions. These studies will primarily be clinical and cognitive studies.

In addition the course will contain a smaller practical part, where select mindfulness exercises will be exemplified. As such the course aims to give the students a “1-1” experience and practice-based understanding of the concept of mindfulness.  

Learning Outcome

The purpose of these modules is to expand knowledge or put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical or empirical specialisation within subject areas within or related to psychology.

Upon completion of the elective subject module within the Department of Psychology, students are able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes within the elective subject
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective subject
  • explain contexts, analyse and/or conduct procedures relevant to the elective subject under supervision.
  • discuss themes/problems relevant to the elective course or interpret cases/data related to the elective course.


800 pages, includes both mandatory and self selected literature


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • Total
  • 30
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Free home assignment
SIZE: The assignment shall be max. 12 pages by 1 student, max. 15 pages by 2 students and max. 18 pages by 3 students
Exam registration requirements

For all elective subjects, minimum 75% attendance is a prerequisites for submitting assignments. However, the teaching is based on full participation.

  • Participation in groupwork and discussions in class that demonstrates a basic understanding in concordance with the learning outcomes put forth by the Study Board.
  • Participation in one oral presentation in groups: The group will present and discuss one of the syllabus texts. The group may draw on self-selected literature in addition.
  • In (the same) groups the students will give oral feedback to another group’s presentation.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

See the exam schedule at KUnet for dates

Criteria for exam assesment