Applied Imagination


Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem Solving (3-credits) presents the principles and procedures of creative thinking. The need for such a course has long been recognized educationally since all agree that intelligent, imaginative thinking is of paramount importance. This course presents workable methods that utilize what is known about creative imagination. The course format is structured around problem-solving, so students learn by doing. Each week students will investigate a series of topics through readings and class discussion, as well as individual and group exercises. Topics and exercises include: The importance of imagination; indispensability of creativity in science; how careers depend largely upon creativity; creativity in leadership and in professions, how imagination can improve personal relationships, ways by which creativity can be developed; factors that tend to cramp creativity; devices designed to help activate imagination; questions as to spur ideation; creative collaboration by groups and teams. The principles and procedures set forth are in no way revolutionary; they have been known and used by creative thinkers, both artists, and scientists, for many centuries. The revolutionary aspect, if such there is, is the effect of a formal and systemized approach to a fuller utilization of the creative imagination. The primary function of this course is to enable the student to better understand and to apply their own innate creativity to all aspects of their personal and vocational life. (Prerequisite: None & Subject to the University’s Approval)