Jun 07, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 494 - Creative Thinking

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The subject seeks a deeper understanding of the creative process by examining the nature of creativity and various competing and complimentary theories which seek to explain the nature of creativity and its origins. The course provides instruction beyond the scientific method and traditional problem solving, aiming for greater fluency in generating ideas, increased sensitivity to problems, greater intellectual flexibility, and the gaining of a broader range of new insights through an enhanced “openness to experience.” (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and discuss at least three competing theories which outline the origins of creative thought
  • Demonstrate flexibility in defining problems
  • Approach the solution to any problem with several different methodologies
  • Perform a patent search to confirm the originality of their idea
  • Compare and contrast problem solving, critical thinking, and creative thinking
  • Applying theoretical and pragmatic approaches toward the completion of a final, genuinely original and unique, project

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction/class management (1 class)
  • Criteria for judging creativity and the creative person (2 classes)
  • The creative process (2 classes)
  • Problem definition (4 classes)
  • Psychological models for creativity (3 classes)
  • Distinctions between creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving (1 class)
  • Traditional and contemporary management of/for creative responses (3 classes)
  • Pragmatic creativity (6 classes)
  • Conception through production (2 classes)
  • Oral presentations. (6 classes)

Dr. Nadya Shalamova

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