PHIL 307
Exploring Creativity Fall 2009
Division II
Cross-listed EXPR 309 / ENGL 309 / MATH 309 / PHIL 307 / ARTS 309
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This course centers on the creative process involved in generating original ideas, theories, and artistic works. Here, in three-week blocks, we will explore intensively the creativity involved in studio art, philosophy, creative writing/poetry, and mathematics by attempting to produce original works in each of these areas of study. Our focus will be more on the creative process rather than the final products. Students will be encouraged to take risks, experiment, push their imaginations beyond their limits, and explore consequences of failed attempts. Questions with which we will struggle include: What constitutes art, poetry, philosophy, and mathematics? How can we judge the quality and aesthetics within these areas? What are the similarities and differences in the act of creating within these seemingly disparate contexts? How can we become more creative by intent?
The Class: Format: primarily student-led discussions and hands-on "studio" work
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1874
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on presentations, participation, short papers, and projects
Prerequisites: permission of the instructor; designed to be an exploration into unfamiliar intellectual worlds, students with expertise in one or perhaps two of the areas (Art, creative writing, Philosophy, and Mathematics) are especially encouraged to participate
Enrollment Preferences: juniors and senior majors of at least one of these areas
Unit Notes: does not count toward the Art major
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTS or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under PHIL; meets Division 3 requirement if registration is under MATH; students registered under EXPR may choose the Division designation
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
EXPR 309 ENGL 309 Division I MATH 309 Division III PHIL 307 Division II ARTS 309 Division I
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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