The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course offers students:

(i) practical engagement in creative thinking, though an introduction to strategies and practices in creative thinking, and

(ii) a theoretically grounded engagement in both creative processes and the contexts in which creative processes are employed.

In relation to engagement in creative thinking, the course design introduces students to a range of strategies that can be employed to foster creative thinking.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Synthesise ideas, images and concepts in new and original ways, making connections across different domains through generative thinking, divergent thinking, and perceiving alternative perspectives.

2. Describe and analyse various theoretical perspectives on creativity.

3. Examine and evaluate the need and value of creativity in the contemporary world.


Students will have the opportunity to use strategies in order to perceive alternative perspectives, synthesise ideas, images and concepts in new and original ways, make novel connections across different domains, and engage in generative and divergent thinking. In relation to theoretical perspectives on creative thinking, the course supports students to identify and analyse the personal, social and environmental influences of creativity, analyse the relation of creativity to critical thinking and intelligence, investigate the role of experimentation and risk taking in the creative process, and apply concepts of sustainability to local, regional and/or global challenges.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

Journal: Reflective Journals

Project: Creative Work

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1