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200075 SE Scientific Readings (2022W)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 20 - Psychologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Das Fachliteraturseminar kann zur schriftlichen BA-Arbeit führen (siehe Studienplan BA-Studium neu).


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 13.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C Psychologie, NIG 6.Stock A0618
Thursday 27.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C Psychologie, NIG 6.Stock A0618
Thursday 10.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C Psychologie, NIG 6.Stock A0618
Thursday 24.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C Psychologie, NIG 6.Stock A0618
Thursday 01.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C Psychologie, NIG 6.Stock A0618
Thursday 15.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C Psychologie, NIG 6.Stock A0618


Aims, contents and method of the course

The content of this seminar is based on the literature of self-compassion, mindfulness, and affective touching (of the self and from others) and their effects of stress coping and well-being

The specialized literature seminar has the following topics:
- Active examination of a specific research topic.
- Literature research/use of databases or search engines
- Adequate formulation of research questions and hypotheses
- Planning a study and/or writing up project plans
- To go through (peer) feedback loops

Important: In the following semester (SoSe 23), a Bachelor's thesis is to be written according to the preliminary work in the specialized literature seminar.

The overarching theme of this course is positive psychology with a strong focus on interventions from contemplative sciences including self-compassion, mindfulness, affective (self-)touching, and other mind-body interventions. Special focus is on the topics: 1) effectiveness research of mind-body interventions and their effects on stress or well-being, 2) basic and applied research on self-compassion 3) current directions in mindfulness research.

The goal is that by the end of the semester each student will have a concept for a project to write their bachelor thesis about. These papers can be empirical studies, systematic reviews, or meta-analyses. The above-mentioned topics are the framework within which the course will move thematically, but feel free to make suggestions (depending on the area of interest) for research questions that go beyond these topics.

Assessment and permitted materials

– Presentation (group grade): 25%
– Peer-Feedback (individual grade): 20%
– Study concept (written, individual grade): 40%
– Active participation/"being present" (individual grade): 15%

If > twice not "present", automatically 0% on this partial performance (all else equal, grade drops from 100 to 85 points)
BUT: Can be compensated by a written paper (written summary of a current topic) -In such a case and if interested: Please mail me

Absence/illness/etc. is not an automatic reason for not passing the seminar. It is not necessary to justify the absence or to let me know.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading system
1: 90 to 100 %
2: 80 to < 90 %
3: 70 to < 80 %
4: 60 to < 70 %
5: < 60 %

Examination topics

According to individual topics.

Reading list

According to individual topics.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 12.10.2022 13:29