3rd Semester - Creativity and learning in cultural environments: critical perspectives

ECTS Units: 
Nikonanou Niki






Teaching activities include teaching the unit once a week

COURSE TYPE Compulsory








The learning outcomes of the course are described, the specific knowledge, skills and abilities of an appropriate level that the students will acquire after the successful completion of the course.

Consult Appendix A

Description of the Level of Learning Outcomes for each study cycle according to the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area

Descriptive Indicators for Levels 6, 7 & 8 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning and Annex B

Comprehensive Guide to Writing Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

have specialist knowledge of:

artistic education subjects (music, theater, visual arts)

critical considerations in creativity

institutional criticism of cultural organizations

critical cultural mediation

museum pedagogy, museology and cultural education

have specialized skills:

for the critical approach and discussion of artistic and museum education issues

collaboration and communication with groups and individuals from different fields of expertise

to acquire skills:

development and expression of ideas and reflections related to cutting-edge topics in the field of culture and education.

application of innovative artistic practices in educational practice

evaluation of cultural mediation applications and tools for different groups (adults, children, families)

General Skills

Taking into account the general competences that the graduate must have acquired (as indicated in the Diploma Annex and listed below) in which / which of them is the course aimed at

Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work


Work in an international environment

Work in an interdisciplinary environment

Generating new research ideas

Respect for diversity and multiculturalism

Respect for the natural environment

Demonstrating social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Exercise criticism and self-criticism

Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking

Solving problems by combining knowledge from different scientific fields

Developing arguments in discussions and presentations

Participation in decision-making processes

Collaboration in groups

Autonomous work

Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

Generating new research ideas


In this course a thorough investigation of the role of art in shaping creative learning contexts is attempted. Central to our approach is the critical consideration of the terms 'art', 'creativity', and 'learning' through the study of theoretical approaches and practices that highlight but also problematize the multi-layered and often tense relationships between them. The main thematic axes-questions that will concern us are the following:

The emerging politics of creativity in art education

Contemporary approaches to the relationship between cultural institutions and education

Policies of informal artistic education

Politics of "unlearning" and art education

Artistic creativity in the context of the 'entrepreneurial turn' in education: relations and contradictions

Music pedagogy and contemporary music: Pedagogical practices of musical improvisation and collaborative composition

Museum education and cultural phenomena: perspectives and contradictions

Children's music as art – Anthropological and philosophical dimensions of children's music concept construction and reception

Cultural experience: critical approaches to the concept of participation

Art education and democracy

Art, history and the city: issues of knowledge construction and participatory educational processes

Culture-inclusion-cultural democracy

The theory of publics: educational and cultural publics

As part of the courses, there are lectures as well as thematic presentations of material by students. There is provision for the invitation of lecturers of known prestige whose scientific

The course is structured on the basis of the following thematic axes:

I. Education, Arts and Democracy - Aesthetic Politics

II. Critical considerations of modern instrumentalizations of artistic creativity

III. Cultural institutions and Institutional Criticism.

IV. Openings: radical educational/artistic acts/views


delivery method

Face to face, Distance learning etc.

Life teaching


Use of T.P.E. in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students

In teaching, in guest speaker lectures, e-class, communication with students.


The way and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Literature Study & Analysis, Tutorial, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive Teaching, Educational Visits, Study Preparation (Project), Writing Paper / Assignments, Artistic Creation, etc. etc.

The student's study hours for each learning activity as well as unguided study hours according to ECTS principles are listed


Semester Workload

Preparation for attending lectures

20 hours of study

Artistic Workshops

10 hours of study

Educational visits

20 hours of study

Literature study

90 hours of study

Final thesis writing

140 hours of study

Organization of work presentations

20 hours of study


Description of the evaluation process

Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Deductive, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Report / Report, Oral Examination, Public Presentation, Laboratory Work, Clinical Patient Examination, Artistic Interpretation, Other / Others

Explicitly defined evaluation criteria are mentioned and if and where they are accessible by students.

The evaluation is done in the Greek language through the implementation of a final paper (70%) as well as intermediate small participative exercises (30%) on the thematic fields of the seminar. Specifically, during the semester, students study and present selected articles from relevant literature, participate in on-site educational activities in cultural spaces and in experiential workshops for which they file reports of participation.

In the final paper they are asked to present a bibliographic research or to research educational activities in cultural spaces or to design original educational actions and interventions.


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