Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE An Introduction to Creativity

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT E de Bono Inst. for the Design & Dev of Thinking

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit participants will be provided with the critical elements pertaining to the field of creativity. Some of the key aspects that will be covered in this study-unit include:

- The review of theoretical foundations referring to key definitions;
- Reference to the main contributors to the field;
- The need for creative mind-sets;
- Creativity in everyday life;
- Influences on creativity

Study-Unit Aims:

The main aim of this study-unit is to impart relevant skills related to creativity. This will be achieved using a balance during lectures including theoretical aspects, and group discussion.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Critically analyse some of the myths surrounding creativity;
- Explain the need for creativity in different scenarios in society;
- Discuss the main terms referred to throughout the module.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify barriers and enhancers to creativity;
- Explain the basic elements of how creativity can be tested;
- Use The Six Thinking Hats method to address a problem situation.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- de Bono, E. (1993). Serious creativity. Des Moines: Advanced Practical Thinking Training Inc.
- de Bono, E. (1993). Teach your child how to think. London: Penguin.
- Amabile, T. M. (1998). How to kill creativity. Harvard Business Review Sept-Oct. 77-87.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Workshop

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 20%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Leonie Baldacchino
Amanda Jo Grech
Martina Miggiani
Natalie Swaine Nwoko

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