BMS419 Eastern and Western Approaches to Mindfulness (8)

Fundamentals of mindfulness concepts have long existed in Western and Eastern cultures. Nevertheless, there are differences between Western understanding of mindfulness and Eastern conceptions. Furthermore, there is a variety of definitions of mindfulness both in Eastern and Western approaches. This subject introduces students to these historical and philosophical concepts such that they can be contrasted. Some applications of mindfulness such as the relationship between mindfulness and modern learning theory and its application to attention regulation training are also introduced.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS419. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to draw from a range of concepts to compare, contrast and differentiate between mindfulness as perceived in Western and Eastern cultures
  • Be able to reflect on the relationship between mindfulness and modern learning theory
  • Be able to describe the evolution of the place of mindfulness in clinical psychology in Western society


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Origin and theory of mindfulness
  • Eastern concepts of mindfulness
  • Western concepts of mindfulness
  • Commonalities and differences between Eastern and Western approaches of mindfulness
  • Relationship between mindfulness and modern learning theory
  • Changes in western clinical psychology
  • Attention regulation training
  • Equanimity as a core mechanism of mindfulness

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS419 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflective piece on mindfulness practice
Literature review

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.