Summer 2012 Courses in Critical and Creative Thinking

Registration process for non-matriculated students who are welcome to enroll any of the June-August CCT courses. Matriculated students register, as usual, using WISER. (Summer 2012 is semester "2140" in Wiser.) Online registration for non-matriculated students can also be completed at:

Students interested in the Science in a Changing World track note that the following courses offered this summer are recommended as electives: CrCrTh618, 619, 688. Contact for further information.
You can use these courses to work towards a Graduate Certificate or MA degree, or participate for the pleasure of thinking and reflecting with others.
The 15 credit Graduate Certificate can be completed by taking additional CCT courses in the fall or spring semesters (including online options). Certificate students must meet the same admissions criteria as students entering the Master's program (except that a shorter statement and one letter of recommendation fewer are required).

Course Descriptions


CrCrTh 601, Critical Thinking
Instructor: Jeremy Szteiter (CANCELLED)

This course explores issues about the nature and techniques of critical thought, viewed as a way to establish a reliable basis for our claims, beliefs, and attitudes about the world. We explore multiple perspectives, placing established facts, theories, and practices in tension with alternatives to see how things could be otherwise. Views about observation and interpretation, reasoning and inference, valuing and judging, and the production of knowledge in its social context are considered. Special attention is given to translating what is learned into strategies, materials, and interventions for use in students' own educational and professional settings.

CrCrTh 618, Creative Thinking, Collaboration and Organizational Change
Summer 2012 Syllabus

Diversity Awareness (July 13-14)
Instructors: Gregg Turpin, assisted by Renae Gray
Participants in this workshop experience and learn approaches aimed at enabling groups and organizations to: become more diverse; address tensions arising from lack of awareness of differences and inequalities; and undertake coalition work that dismantle traditional barriers. Dimensions of diversity addressed include race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Cultivating Collaboration (July 20-21)
Instructor: Peter Taylor
How do we become skilled and effective in contributing to collaborations? How do we lead others to develop their interest and skills in collaboration? A series of activities introduces tools and perspectives related to a 4Rs framework-respect, risk, revelation, and re-engagement.

Facilitating Participation and Collaboration in Groups (July 27-28)
Instructor: Abby Yanow
This workshop introduces students to a number of different techniques of group participation, such as working in small groups and stakeholder groups, and World Cafe or Open Space. The topics of discussion within each technique will be chosen in an effort to make the learning experience as close as possible to real-life situations, within our workplaces and our communities. We will focus on the art of careful listening and the crafting of effective questions. You will experience the generativity of the participatory process, in which the wisdom comes from the group. You will be encouraged to consider ways of implementing these techniques into your practice, with your colleagues and in your communities.

CrCrTh 688 (1 credit), Reflective Practice
Instructor: Peter Taylor
Summer 2012 (see July 20-21 description)

New CCT students are encouraged to join this workshop-in person or by internet connection-to gain tools and connections with other students that will support your studies. The workshop takes place from 9-4.15 on July 20-21 in conjunction with the "Cultivating Collaborators" workshop described above.


CrCrTh 612, Seminar in Creative Thinking
Instructor: Suzanne Clark
Summer 2012 Syllabus

creative realization of ideas: exploring elemental awareness and customized constructs
The course focuses on exploring the natural or objective relationships among the elements available in different creative fields. By understanding such relationships you will be better able to develop your own creative abilities and teach others to do so. (The instructor's approach to understanding creative thought and practice flows from using the late George Russell's "Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization" to teach piano, music theory, and composition to students of all ages and abilities, but students in this course are not expected to have musical interests.)

CrCrTh 619, Biomedical Ethics
Instructor: Mark Robinson
(Summer 2012 Syllabus)

This course develops students' critical thinking about dilemmas in medicine and health care policy, such as those that arise around allocation of scarce resources, criteria for organ transplants, informed consent, experimentation on human subjects, AIDS research, embryo research and selective termination of pregnancy, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide. Through such cases the course introduces methods in moral reasoning, rights-based reasoning, decision-making under uncertainty, and utilitarianism in classic and contemporary normative reasoning.

CrCrTh 627, Anti-Racist and Multicultural Education"
Instructor: Micia Mosely
Syllabus (Summer 2012 not yet available, but see previous face-to-face syllabus)

The course deals with complex and emotionally-charged issues of culture, religion, sexual orientation, and, especially, race, both in society generally and specifically in education. How do we teach against racism, homophobia, cultural and religious parochialism, while being respectful of the many points of view represented in most classrooms? The readings present these issues as many-sided, and the instructor strives to make the classroom a safe and respectful space to voice one's opinions and learn from others. This is not a "how to" course but rather helps people in various fields, including teaching, think and reflect on issues they will face with students, colleagues, and clients.

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