RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 006 The Science of Creativity; The Creativity of Science
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
Enrollment in RCCORE 100 is limited to incoming Residential College students.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is about the mind, the brain, and the creative process. It is for students interested in applying scientific concepts - especially from psychology and neuroscience - to the question of how we create. It is also for students interested in ways the sciences, as well as the arts, are fundamentally creative endeavors. Finally, it is for students interested in knowing more about their own creative processes.
We will read about the creativity of scientists and artists such as Richard Feynman, Charles Darwin, Pablo Picasso, and Twyla Tharp. We will consider models of creativity from cognitive, analytic and social psychology, and of mental processes such as memory, dreaming, and executive control. In our discussions we will also go beneath mental process to brain structure and function, and beyond mental process to social and historical forces, all of which contribute to how and why we create.
First year seminars in the Residential College fulfill the initial expository writing requirement of the University of Michigan and are meant to prepare you for college writing. A basic assumption of this particular first year seminar is that all writing – research papers, term papers, essays - can be approached more or less creatively. We will therefore ask how to apply concepts from our readings to our own practice of expository writing. To begin, we take as given that the more you are engaged with a course – with the material and with each other – the more enjoyable and creative your work will be. College writing, then, is first a process of discovery – of what really interests you about a course, whatever that course may be. With genuine interest, engagement is easy, and research is then a process of answering questions that are meaningful to you, and writing a process of engaging others in what you’ve found out. Therefore, a writing course such as this involves learning how better to communicate to your reader, that which is important to you.
Selections from several books and articles are included in a required coursepack. Two books are required for purchase: The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.B. White, and Picasso’s Guernica: the Genesis of a Painting, by Rudolf Arnheim.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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15329
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1
1RC Ugrd
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MTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
002 (SEM)
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15330
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4
4RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
003 (SEM)
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16796
Open
1
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
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18187
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
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18188
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5
5RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
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18189
Closed
0
 
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Th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Tu 11:00AM - 1:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
18190
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0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
008 (SEM)
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18191
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
009 (SEM)
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18192
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
010 (SEM)
P
18193
Closed
0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
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24868
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0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
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21400
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1
2RC Ugrd
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
013 (SEM)
P
28216
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8
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
014 (SEM)
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20107
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3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
016 (SEM)
P
23908
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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