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This course will lead students through an exploration of how the concept of creativity is viewed in a variety of academic disciplines, and how it is actually practiced in a number of occupations and activities in the wider community. The course is being offered in collaboration with the Dallas-based nonprofit organization Big Thought, and Jennifer Bransom and Krissi Oden from Big Thought will be involved in teaching the class. After completion of the class, students will have learned about how a  variety of academic and professional disciplines conceptualize creativity, how creativity is operationally practiced in those disciplines, and will have had some direct experience with a community-based practitioner in order to understand the role of creativity in a specific field of practice.

After an introductory session, there will be eleven weekly meetings in which a series of guest speakers from different schools within UT Dallas (and a few outside guests) will informally discuss how creativity is viewed in their disciplines or professions. Each student will then be paired with another student and matched (with the assistance of Big Thought) with one or more practitioner(s) from a field of their interest in the larger North Texas community for a shadowing experience and/or interviews on the practice and promotion of creativity in that field. In the final three weeks of the semester, student teams will report back to the class on what they have learned from their shadowing and interviews.

Short readings will be assigned by each of the guest speakers and placed in the Tools and Resource Library under "creativityacrossdisciplines".

Course Outline 

January 18       Introduction to the Course    


January 25       Jennifer Bransom, Big Thought

February 1       Richard Scotch, School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences

February 8       Matthew Polze, School of Management (Law & Management; Management Honors Program Director)

February 15     Homer Montgomery, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Science & Math Education; UTeach Dallas)

February 22     Magdalena G. Grohman, School of Arts & Humanities (Psychology; Center for Values in Medicine, Science, & Technology)

February 29     Fred Curchak, School of Arts & Humanities (Theatre)


March 7          Fred Grinnell, UT Southwestern Medical Center (Cell Biology; Bioethics)


March 21         Pam Gossin, School of Arts & Humanities (History of Science; Literature and Science)


March 28         Monica Evans, School of Arts & Humanities (ATEC; Computer Game Development)


April 4            Lawrence J. Overzet, School of Engineering and Computer Sciences (Electrical Engineering; Plasma Technology)


April 11           Bonnie Pitman (Past Director, Dallas Museum of Art)




April 25           Student Presentations I


May 2              Student Presentations II


May 9              Student Presentations III - FIELD RESEARCH REPORTS DUE

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