This course will demonstrate how artists, writers and scientists use similar processes of investigation: recording observations, analysis of information, formulation of insights, all of which lead to creativity and discovery. Lectures on examples of documentation used for scientific research, creative activity, personal memoirs, explorations, etc. will be presented. Faculty from a variety of disciplines on the Bloomington campus will demonstrate the role of documentation in their profession.
Students will perform activities of an artist, scientist and explorer. An example of this assignment is to design, conduct, analyze, and report results of an experiment. A journal will be used for daily documentation. A short analysis of their journal entries is required every two weeks. At the end of the semester, students will write a critical analysis of the journal. In the last quarter of the semester, students will give 10-15 minute oral presentations on an individual that they choose to research. Creativity and critical thinking are emphasized.