The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course introduces students to a variety of culturally based understandings of creativity. It analyses and examines many existing assumptions, beliefs, opinions and speculation about creativity, in a range of differing contexts. Through a group project that involves collecting, reflecting and creating, students will experience at first-hand how new ideas and perspectives can emerge through creativity. In order to contextualise experiential learning, the course will introduce a range of critical frameworks and perspectives, including romantic, rationalist, psychological and sociological. Through journaling and reflecting on their own practice, students will also examine and analyse how definitions of creativity impact on the actions practitioners take in their creative practice.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. recognise and understand a range of different interpretations of creativity.

2. understand the difference between a cultural assumption and empirical evidence.

3. critically analyse their own view of creativity.

4. develop an individual perspective of this phenomenon and apply this to potential projects.

5. present evidence to support their understanding of creativity.

6. communicate understandings of creativity through various media at an introductory level


  • Cultural Interpretations of Creativity
  • The Western Romantic View: Mass Culture, Originality and Authenticity
  • The Concept of Genius
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Belief and its Effect on Creative Action
  • Influence and Innovation
  • Common Conflations of the Term Creativity
  • Defining Creativity in the Twenty-First Century

Assessment items

Journal: Journal

Presentation: Presentation & Written Report

Project: Group Work

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term