Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Creativity is a very complex and multi-facet phenomenon. No wonder then, that to consider its complexity, we have to discuss not only who and what is creative, but also how creativity is possible within different cultural frameworks. For example, in our culture, a creative individual is highly valued, originality of our products is highly valued, and so is the unique process by means of which we come up with ideas. But is it the same in other cultures? Is creativity, and need for originality and uniqueness typical of our culture, or is it universal?
Throughout the semester, our goal will be to tackle these questions by studying different conceptions of creativity within our culture (Western Culture), and within other cultures. We will review cross-cultural research, examples from history and literature, and hopefully we will discover interesting questions about our culture, and different cultures and creativity.
For the most part, I envision this course as an interactive lecture. It means that I will try to engage you in conversation about culture and creativity through various readings, assignments and group discussions.
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