Students explore creativity as a discipline of study, cultural myths
about creativity, and the psychological conditions conducive to
creative thinking. Through interactive lectures and discussions,
develop an understanding of the context, history, and major theories
of the discipline. By engaging in experiential techniques, their
competence and confidence to creatively address practical challenges
is expanded. Students examine their own creative processes through
reflective journaling, and they demonstrate their learning through
exercises, a mid-term assessment, designing a project, and the
development of a course e-portfolio.
This course is part of the
General Education curriculum
which is designed to
contribute to the
of the students'
consciousness of the
diversity, complexity, and
richness of the human
experience; their ability to
establish meaning through
this consciousness; and, as
result, their ability to
creatively, and positively
the society in which they
live and work. General
Education courses strengthen
students' generic skills,
such as critical analysis,
problem solving, and
communication, in the
of an exploration of topics
with broad-based personal
and/or societal importance.
|Cross College Courses
||Program Coordinator: Sarah Sinclair
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the
ability to integrate creativity theory with their capacity to apply
creative principles and strategies to real-life challenges.
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated
the ability to:
1. identfy the context, history, and major theories of creativity
2. describe creativity theory in terms of societal context and
3. explain major emotional, cultural, and environmental creative
4. identify their creative processes
5. exercise methods to develop personal creative capacity
6. evaluate creativity techniques and tools to apply in different
7. apply creativity processes, tools, and techniques to different
problems or opportunities
8. employ principles for fostering a positive team environment
conducive to creativity
9. identify a challenge or opportunity suitable for the application
of creativity processes, tools, and techniques
10.create a solution to an unresolved challenge
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
Creativity assignment ...........................25%
Creativity Portfolio .......................25%
Creative Problem Solving Project.................25%
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in
the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their
individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered
within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and
times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for
submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed
tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are
awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity
is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero
may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late
submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for
up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory
holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business
days include any day that the college is open for business,
whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not.
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or
fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional
circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance
of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied
for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their
absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence
(e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be
written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the
student's return. Alternately, students may be given an
opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent
test count for the additional marks. Similarly, exceptional
circumstances may result in a modification of the due dates for
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be
submitted at the beginning of class.
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort
unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions
regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of
individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep,
and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of
all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been
previously agreed to or suggested by the professor.
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical
lab and field components in order to pass the course.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
||Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
||Arts In Society
||Social and Cultural Understanding
||Science and Technology
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
||Not Eligible for PLAR
Notes: Notes: One or more component may be required contingent upon the
student's prior learning experience.
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Fall 2014
Professor: Multiple Professors
Ken Robinson (2011). Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative. UK:
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1996). Creativity: Flow and the Psychology
of Discovery and Invention. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
De Bono, Edward (1993). Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral
Thinking to Create New Ideas. Toronto: Harper Perennial.
Pink, Daniel H., A Whole New Mind. Riverhead Trade; 2006
Applicable student group(s): Cross College General Education
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances
such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and
Unit 1- Introduction
-Definitions of "Creativity"
-Introduction to the course, the professor, and each other.
-Course objectives, anticipated outcomes, the topical outline, and the
assignment structure for the course.
Unit 2- The History of Creativity
-Historical evolution of the concept and theory of creativity.
-Creativity in ancient Greek culture
-Creativity during the period of the Enlightenment.
-Creativity in 1940's-50's
*E. Paul Torrance
-4 P's of Creativity: Person, Product, Process, and Press.
Robinson, Chapter 1
Unit 3- Individual Theories of Creativity
-Individualistic theories of creativity (`little c' creativity)
-Trait theory and the creative personality
-Insight and Cognitive psychology
*Donald McKinnon & the Creative Personality
*Insight & the Creative Brain- Alice Flaherty and the 3-factor model
Robinson, Chapters 2 and 3
Creativity Assignment (25%)
Unit 4- Socio-cultural theories of Creativity
-Creativity and the socio-cultural approach
-Big 'C' Creativity
-Cultural domains, field, and context
-Csikzentmihalyi's socio-cultural model of creativity
-Amabile's componential theory of creativity
Robinson, Chapter 5
Midterm Test (25%)
Unit 5- Psychiatry, Abnormal Psychology, and Creativity
-Madness and the creative process.
-The relationship between creativity and drug use.
Robinson, Chapter 6
Unit 6- Thinking, Creatively
-`Thinking process of idea generation'
-Divergent and convergent thinking
-Torrance test for Creativity
-Edward de Bono
-6 thinking hats
-The power of perception (PO)
Robinson, Chapter 7
Creativity Portfolio (25%)
Unit 7- Creative Problem Solving
-5W's +H, Why
-Why, what's stopping you
-Stick'em up brainstorming
Creative Problem Solving Project (25%)
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