RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 002 Art, Mind and Medicine
Term: WN 2010
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores psychological and neuropsychological underpinnings of creativity in art and science, including problem-solving and the aesthetic response. Special reference will be made to the use of creative activities and of exposure to the arts in promoting mental and physical health. So, in addition to considering how brain and mind are involved in creativity, this course is about practical applications in fields such as the arts therapies (art, music, dance, drama, creative writing), and the Arts in Medicine.

Questions we will address throughout the semester include:

  • Is the creative process the same or different across people and across mediums of expression?
  • How does creativity in the arts and in the sciences differ?
  • What behaviors are associated with creativity and how does the brain provide for those behaviors?
  • What are the roles of innate talent, acquired skills, self-efficacy and perceived control at various moments of the creative process?
  • Can creativity be learned?
  • How can creative behaviors and aesthetic experience affect mood and the immune system?
  • What does controlled research reveal about the effect of creative activity and aesthetic experience on mental and physical health?
  • How do art and creative activity function in hospitals and other therapy settings?

All students will be evaluated on class participation, on completion and comprehension of reading assignments, and on several writing assignments, including a substantial term project. Attendance at one or two evening presentations may also be required.

Note: Please do not register for this course if you completed the Fall, 2007, RC minicourse, Art, Mind and Medicine.

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
37335
Open
7
7RC Ugrd
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
42125
Open
10
5RC Ugrd
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WF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
19457
Open
5
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
42137
Open
15
 
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Th 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Course will be taught at the Detroit Center, as part of the Semester in Detroit.
005 (SEM)
P
46357
Open
36
 
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
49035
Open
2
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: This course meets at the Detroit Center and is open ONLY to students in the Semester in Detroit Program.
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