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EQ102-15 Creativity, Culture and Learning

Department Education Studies

Level Undergraduate Level 1

Module leader Dr Juliet Raynsford

Credit value 15

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


This module invites you to take a critical and reflective view on what creativity, creative teaching and creative learning are. As part of this we explore how these concepts can be seen to have evolved within contrasting educational, political and economic frameworks.

Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To critically examine a variety of definitions of the concept of culture.
  • To investigate how contrasting perspectives on creativity affect how the concept of 'being creative' is interpreted in different socio-cultural contexts.
  • To explore the role of creativity and culture in the shaping one's own identity as a learner, researcher and teachers with a focus on the formation of young people's identity.
  • To explore how creativity, culture and language interact and evolve as learners, especially young children, construct meaning and knowledge of the social worlds they inhabit.
  • Critically explore the influence of culture-based creativity on social, economic and political policy and practice.
  • To understand the role of ideology in shaping personal, local, national and global attitudes to conceptualising and enacting 'creative' forms of thinking, behaving and learning.
  • Students will explore how the concepts of creativity, creative teaching and creative learning can be seen to have evolved within contrasting educational, political and economic frameworks.
  • The exploration of creativity will be juxtaposed with critical analysis of the concept of culture in which students will be encouraged to identify the ways in which cultural identity, values and beliefs impact on personal and collective attitudes to what 'being creative' is.
  • Students will be invited to analyse the role they perceive creativity to have in contrasting aspects of their lives, for example, where do they consider themselves to be most creative? How does the concept of creativity manifest itself within their university experience?
  • Practical workshops will be used to explore how expressive pedagogies, such as those that draw upon the disciplines of drama, theatre, play, visual art, movement and digital media, can be utilised within learning so as to foster key 'creative' behaviours.
  • Students will be encouraged to reflect upon how learning through aesthetic disciplines can be seen to affect aspects of learner experience such as those relating to voice, agency and quality of engagement.
Study Time
Type Required Optional
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)  
Seminars 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)  
Tutorials (0%) 2 sessions of 15 minutes
Practical Classes 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)  
Private Study 120 hours (80%)  
Total 150 hours  
2000 word essay 100%