EDUC 100G : The Creative Process

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Theories and practices of creativity will be examined and practically explored through a variety of disciplines, such as the arts, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy and education. What is creativity? Can creativity be learnt? What happens in the brain when we are creative? These are some of the questions addressed in this course.

Course Overview

This course is for anyone wanting to get a deeper understanding of creativity and the creative process across a range of disciplines. You will also consider the potential of creativity in education and other social settings.

On this course the weekly one-hour lectures will introduce you to: a particular perspective on creativity (e.g. neuroscience or fine arts); specific theories related to creativity (e.g. theories about how creativity might be taught); and models/examples of a creative process. The lecture content is then explored and extended on during the two-hour tutorials, which involve creative and collaborative activities. Tutorials also include time and activities focused on coursework assignments, meaning attending tutorials is important to your successful completion of this course.

Lecture topics vary from year to year. Some lectures are given by expert guest lecturers from across the University and from other international universities. In past years topics have included:
    creativity, history and ethics
    creativity in communities
    creativity and the brain
    creativity and learning
    art, design and creativity
    creativity and the economy
    creativity and artificial intelligence
    Māori perspectives on creativity
    creativity and dance
    creative writing 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and practices of creativity from a variety of academic disciplines (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  2. Identify, explain and critically evaluate 'beliefs' about who is creative and whether creativity can be taught or learnt (Capability 2.1 and 2.2)
  3. Develop, apply and deconstruct a creative process (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 and 3.1)
  4. Develop an understanding of how creative processes might address real-world problems and issues (Capability 3.1, 4.1, 4.2 and 6.1)
  5. Critically analyse the applications and ethical implications of creativity in different social contexts and settings (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 6.1 and 6.3)
  6. Create, refine and reflect on your own creative process (Capability 1.2, 2.2, 4.1 and 6.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Creative Project 25% Individual Coursework
Presentation 25% Group Coursework
Poster 25% Individual Coursework
Reflective Essay 25% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Creative Project
Reflective Essay

Students need to hand in every component of the assignment tasks and get at least 50% overall to pass

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect to commit 36 hours of direct contact via lectures and tutorials. You can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 100-120 hours to independent learning. This may include reading (and more reading), note-taking, face-to-face and/or online discussion, writing, engaging in collaborative group work, problem solving, undertaking practical creative tasks, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment, test and exam preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience & Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including lectures and tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Based on previous course evaluations, we have replaced the exam for this course with additional coursework assignments.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 23/10/2022 04:22 p.m.