Creative Minds And Critical Thinking – phl458 (3 credits)

In this course students will analyze the thinking process from a critical and creative perspective. The lives of prominent creative thinkers will be examined to identify the social, historical, psychological, and cultural elements that influenced their development. The salient aspects of creativity will be assessed along with the relationship between creativity and critical thinking. Students will apply critical thinking skills to contemporary creative and scientific thought.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Developing Awareness

  • Distinguish between perception and reality in messages.
  • Describe the importance of critical and creative thinking in today’s society.
  • Explain conceptual foundations of thinking.
  • Determine methods to overcome hindrances to the critical thinking process.

The Creative Thinking Process

  • Apply techniques to develop curiosity.
  • Describe the stages in the creative process.
  • Formulate original solutions to issues and problems.

Communicating Ideas

  • Communicate solutions to issues.
  • Devise strategies for persuading others.

The Critical Thinking Process

  • Apply critical thinking to refine solutions to problems.
  • Apply critical thinking to refine solutions to issues.

Famous Thinkers

  • Recognize the creative process among famous thinkers.
  • Critique famous ideas.

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