EL7011 - Creativity

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will look at creativity in terms of four main areas: History, Psychology, Culture and Practice. The historical dimension will be a consideration of how creativity grew as a concept, particularly since the 18th-century. The second strand would look at psychological thinking about creativity, e.g. in the light of modern neuroscience. The third looks at ideas of creativity as expressed by practitioners in specific contexts, e.g. visual arts, music and literature, but also non-artistic areas such as science and business. The fourth strand places an emphasis on you exploring your own creativity through exercises and tasks, and ideas generated by themselves.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be taught through seminars and two individual tutorials. Seminars will introduce you to key concepts and practices of creativity in Creative Writing, with particular focus on the four themes of History, Psychology, Culture and Practice. Workshop sessions will provide opportunities to gain peer and tutor feedback on proposals and creative work. Individual tutorials and advice on independent learning will support the development of effective creative practice. Appropriate use will be made of the eLP to ensure students have all materials necessary for their learning, and, where appropriate, for use by students as a forum for exchange of draft work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will receive support from the module tutor, and can also seek support from the programme director and your guidance tutor.
Advice and support will be provided in lectures, seminars and individual tutorials and through tutor and peer feedback in groups on the development of creative and critical projects. You also have access to specialised services provided by central university departments and close and effective links have been developed with student’s services, the career service, the library and information services and the students union. You are encouraged to meet and discuss your work outside the programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Understand creativity as historical, psychological and practical concept

2. Understand the significance of creativity in artistic and other fields


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Be able to recognise creativity in literary texts
4. Be able to apply specific techniques for fostering creativity in writing

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Sensitivity when sharing ideas in workshops and tutorials

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: formative feedback will be offered in two half hour tutorials, as well as through seminar and written feedback on draft material. MLO 1-5

Summative assessment will be through submission of a portfolio of 4000 words accompanied by an extended commentary of 2000 words. MLO 1-4

Feedback on summative work will be delivered according to the existing protocols of the Department of Humanities: all assessments are anonymized and moderated with feedback (with comments on feedback sheets) returned to the student with the final moderated grade. Feedback will encourage and facilitate reflective learning through the feedback sheet grid which pinpoints particular areas of strengths/weakness and the narrative comments which encourage students to consider how they have succeeded and how they can improve.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

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Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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