MINDFUL PSYCHOLOGY (2015/2016, Semester 1) 

 MODULE OUTLINE Created: 09-Jul-2015, Updated: 09-Jul-2015
Module Code PL4230
Semester Semester 1, 2015/2016
Modular Credits 5
Faculty Arts & Social Sciences
Department Psychology
Timetable Timetable/Teaching Staff
Module Facilitators
ASSOC PROF Keng Shian Ling Lecturer
Link to access various guided meditation practices outlined in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (requires registration of a free account to access the recordings)
Link to access guided instructions for various mindfulness exercises by Center for Mindfulness, University of California San Diego.
Link to free, recorded short mindfulness exercises found in "The Practicing Happiness Workbook" by Dr. Ruth Baer (Textbook assigned for this module)
Mindful Movement/ Yoga: Floor Poses
Mindful Movement/ Yoga: Standing Poses
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Learning Outcomes | Prerequisites | Teaching Modes | Schedule | Practical Work | Assessment | Preclusions | Workload

Mindful Psychology is an integration of Western and Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience. This unique integration takes essential elements of these disciplines and blends them into a new way of understanding the human psyche, emotional suffering and healthy psychological development. The aim of this course is to address questions such as: What is Mindfulness and how does mindfulness practice affect psychological functioning? In what ways are mindfulness integrated in existing interventions to treat psychological or physical disorders? What are the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of this emerging discipline?
This module will introduce students to the scientific research and applications in Mindful Psychology. The module also provides students with an opportunity to engage in formal and informal mindfulness practices (e.g., mindfulness meditation). It is suitable for students who have a genuine interest in acquiring not only a critical, academic understanding of the topic, but also an experiential understanding of mindfulness practice.

Cohort 2011 and before: Completed a minimum of 80 MCs of which student must have passed PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132 and 4 out of the 5 core modules (PL3232 - PL3236), in which one must be PL3236, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track. Cohort 2012 onwards: Completed a minimum of 80 MCs of which student must have passed PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132 and 4 out of the 5 core modules (PL3232 - PL3236), in which one must be PL3236, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

Seminar with discussions and student presentations; Student participation is an expected, significant component of the module.

Here are some examples of topics that will be covered in the seminar:

Origins and influences of mindfulness
Issues related to the assessment of mindfulness
Various mindfulness-based interventions and their effects
Loving-kindness meditation
Mindfulness in education
Neurobiological underpinnings of mindfulness

Students in this module are expected to commit to daily practice of various mindfulness exercises, in addition to regular class work (i.e., reading assigned articles).

Components of Assessment for the Module
(Note: Subject to Revision)

In-class and IVLE Participation – 25% 
Daily mindfulness practice logs and reflection summary – 20%
Class presentation – 20%
Final Paper – 35%



Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week