RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 003 The Science of Creativity; The Creativity of Science
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
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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20291
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2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
002 (SEM)
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20293
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2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
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22943
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1
1RC Ugrd
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WF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
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25635
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
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25637
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
006 (SEM)
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25639
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
007 (SEM)
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25641
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1
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
008 (SEM)
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25643
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
009 (SEM)
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25645
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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25647
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
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37073
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
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31485
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
014 (SEM)
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29191
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1
1RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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Coursepack Location:
Excel, 1117 South University
ISBN: 020530902X
The elements of style with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing, Author: by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White., Publisher: Longman 4 ed. 2000
Required
ISBN: 0520250079
The genesis of a painting : Picasso's Guernica, Author: by Rudolf Arnheim., Publisher: Univ. of California Press 1. paperba 2006
Required
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