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Postgraduate Course: Creative Practices: Poetry and Psychotherapy (CNST11076)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCounselling Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an opportunity to explore creativity and to relate this to the theory and practice of psychotherapy. We will do this through intensive close reading of poetry and examination of the constraints of poetic form. Parallels and intersections between the two forms of practice will be interrogated throughout the course. These will include; sensitivity to language, the use of metaphor; the unconscious, imagination and free association, the use of projection in the co-creation of meaning between writer and reader; the creative use of constraints and boundaries in both practices to overcome the reader; the creative use of constraints and boundaries in both practices to overcome the "inner critic". East session will consist of a close reading session of poetry on selected themes, followed by a period of writing exercises designed to produce drafts leading to original poetic work by the end of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 30/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. have developed an advanced appreciation of excelle4nce in modern poetry through intensive reading of texts on selected themes relevant to and resonant with the themes of psychotherapeutic work - strong emotions and attachment to specific times, people and places.
2. have identified an advanced critical appreciation of writers and themes that speak particularly strongly to themselves.
3. be able to analyse the effects that produce personal resonance and the technical and formal means that are available to the poet in achieving them.

have experienced their own ability to create new work and to give and receive critically nuanced interpretative feedback on this work.
4. have developed an enhanced and advanced ability to think about the meaning and impact of giving expression to the inner world and making it available to criticism.
5. be able to make theoretical and aesthetic connections between the practice of poetic making and their own understanding and practice of psychotherapy.
Assessment Information
Assessment will be in two parts, each contributing 50% of the final mark.
1 One 3,000 word essay. This will present a critical reading of either a range of poetic work on one of the themes covered on the course, or, of the work of a single poet on one of these themes. The essay will make links to the theory and practice of psychotherapy.

2 A reflective portfolio of at least six poems connected to a theme or themes covered on the course, presented alongside written peer and self-feedback on the portfolio.
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Course organiserMs Lindy Barbour
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
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