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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an opportunity to explore creativity and to relate this to the theory and practice of psychotherapy.
Course description The course will involve 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". Each 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
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be in three parts, submitted as one document:

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 portfolio of at least six poems connected to a theme or themes covered on the course.

3. Peer feedback on the portfolio (500 words)
Feedback Formative peer and tutor feedback given on written exercises each week
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Display an advanced appreciation of excellence 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. Demonstrate an advanced critical appreciation of writers and themes that speak particularly strongly to themselves.
  3. 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. Show 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. Make theoretical and aesthetic connections between the practice of poetic making and their own understanding and practice of psychotherapy.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Jonathan Wyatt
Tel: (0131 6)51 3974
Course secretaryMs Leopoldine Barde
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
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