CUL713 - Art and Well-Being

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Subject Title
Art and Well-Being

Subject Description
This course is a practical guide for students in how to use the artistic process as a  positive and life-affirming force in their daily life. Historical contexts and various cultural models are examined for their use of creativity, inspiration, improvisation and play to enrich not only the personal lives of individuals but to further the cultural development and maturation of societies in general.
Through the appropriate uses of sound, light, color, movement, pattern and symbol, measurable transformations in physiological and psychological responses have been noted in several respected studies. We are also discovering that various forms of art, music, dance, and poetry have profound healing effects and we will examine how the transformational power of art has recently been brought into many innovative health-care systems world-wide and into the community at large.

Credit Status

One Liberal Studies Elective Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand how the creative process has been used throughout history and by different cultures as a force for affecting the well being of individuls and societies;
  2. Relate how traditional art hearling practices can be understood in modern contexts using new studies in microbiology, molecular chemistry and physics to understand the affects of the creative process on human physiology
  3. Learn how all the various art disciplines have been shown to alleviate suffering and pain in controlled medical circumstances
  4. Be able to apply personal creativity to a hands-on project and discuss how the creative process can be used for self discovery - to experience insights, control thinking patterns and affect your daily routines
  5. Become acquainted with serveral known artists, musicians and writers who have purposefully channeled their art making to the 'art of healing' - either towards themselves, other individuals or towards society in general. 

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