Metropolitan State University

PSYC 323 : The Nature of Creativity: A Psychological Perspective

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: PSYC 100 General Psychology or equivalent with instructor's consent.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
This course examines creativity's role in the therapeutic process. Writings by psychologists and artists are explored to help students better understand psychological creativity. The class studies questions such as: how is art therapeutic? and, how does the therapeutic process help one see and live life more creatively?
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/01/1998 - 09/05/1999 09/06/1999 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Student will understand psychological models of the creative process.
  2. Students will learn historical trends in the evaluation of creativity.
  3. Students will learn techniques for encouraging creativity in self and others.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  2. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  3. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
G. Special Information