Time: Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00-1:15; Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-11:45
Location: Sweeney Hall 211
This core General Education course is designed to promote the understanding of childhood play, imagination, and adult creativity. The course will discuss how these capacities develop as well as the connection between childhood play, imagination, and adult creativity. This development will be placed in the context of value systems (e.g., cultural perspectives), economic structures (e.g., impoverished neighborhoods and resource availability), political institutions (public schools), social groups (e.g., peers, teachers, families, ethnic groups) and natural environments (e.g., places to play, the theme of nature in fantasy). This course also will examine historical processes that influence play, imagination, and creativity (e.g., changing views of children’s imaginary companions). Upon completion of the course, students will understand the role of play, imagination, and creativity in optimal human development and how to promote these capacities in both themselves and others.