PSY214 - Psychology of Creativity

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Subject Title
Psychology of Creativity

Subject Description
Are you creative?  A better question is "How are you creative?".  This subject examines the creative process, with a focus on understanding thinking and enhancing creativity in our lives. Are you creative? Most people don't think they are, but creativity is essential to success. In this subject, theoretical concepts of critical and creative thinking will be explored and applied. A series of creativity techniques and creative problem solving techniques will be employed to develop an understanding of the creative process and to remove barriers to creativity. You can learn to be more creative!

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

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

  1. Analyze an item or product to assess how creative it is.
  2. Analyze psychological traits and characteristics to discuss individual differences in creativity.
  3. Examine brain structure and function to explain how the brain is involved in creativity. 
  4. Apply techniques designed to enhance creativity to evaluate their effectiveness.
  5. Discuss models of thinking and problem solving to explain the role and importance of creativity. 
  6. Apply at least 4 different creative problem-solving methods to analyze their value.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.