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Creative Thinking

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Spring 2010
CogSci 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Creativity is the lifeblood of our culture, our economy, and even much of our academia, yet it is embarrassingly undervalued and underrepresented at the UC. This class seeks to reverse the trend.

If Creativity were a destination on a roadmap, this class is designed to arrive at creativity using three distinct roads: the notion of perspective (to be trite, 'thinking outside the box'), creative idea generation, and the notion of creative expression.

But unfortunately, creativity is just not that simple, for creativity in terms of Steve Jobs means something very different from the creativity of Chopin. The class aims to find the common threads of all of these different flavors of creativity and weave them together into an abstract understanding of the processes, methods, and implications of creativity itself.

Instead of taking a solely analytical approach, the class will emphasize creativity in application; in-class exercises and homework assignments will require students to not only think critically about specific aspects of creativity but also exercise them in application.

Class will meet two hours per week (Tue 5-7PM), and this time will be spent both in discussion and in completing meaningful exercises. Additionally, students will be expected to complete about 1 to 2 hours of homework each week, consisting of reading appropriate texts and completing writing exercises (both analytic and creative) and small projects. The crux of the assessment will consist of a final project, in which students undertake a substantial creative endeavor of their choice (with approval from the facilitator) and discuss how they specifically implemented creative thought processes and how the creative thinking led to the finished project.

NOTE: The first class only will take place Tuesday, Jan 26 in 251 Dwinelle from 7-8PM instead of 5-7 (our regular time). 

How to Enroll:

IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT POLICY CHANGE: The Decal Board just rescheduled an important facilitator meeting to exactly the time slot when our first meeting was scheduled to take place. As a result, I will bump up our first class to 7-8PM on Tuesday Jan. 26 (the normal class time will still be Tue 5-7 for later weeks).

Instead of making attendance at the first class mandatory, we will be instituting an application process. Applications can be obtained at the first meeting this Tuesday or by e-mailing me. NOTE: the applications will be assessed in part on interest in creativity and in the class, so those who attend the first class session and those who e-mail me to let me know they won't be able to attend the first class will have a better chance of being accepted (my address is

CCN's will be sent out to accepted students via e-mail.

Course Contact: lutztyler AT

Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Eve Sweetser

Time & Location:

Tyler Lutz
30251 DwinelleTu 5p-7p1/26started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Creative Thinking Decal.docJan 2133kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download
Application: creativity decal app form.docJan 2716kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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