Full Title:Creativity and the Arts in Social Care
Module Code:SOCS H8018
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This year-long module aims to give those caring in residential, day centres and community settings new creative skills so that they might better enhance the quality of life of those they care for. Furthermore it will equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need to creatively engage service users at short-term or long-term care facilities in purposeful and meaningful arts activities. Learners will also be encouraged to rediscover and develop their own creativity thereby enabling them to use their own creativity to facilitate activities with clients in social care settings. Essentially this module introduces learners to theories and practices of creativity and play in the arts, with specific references to their own personal development as social care practitioners. In a variety of lectures and practical workshops students will engage with their own creative practice, and develop an understanding of the value and importance of creativity and the arts in social care work.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Understand the relevance of creativity and the arts in a caring context
  2. Articulate an understanding of the value of the arts as a means of self-expression, communication, healing and development at an individual and community level
  3. Practice a variety of art forms, in particular visual arts and drama
  4. Respond creatively to ideas and artefacts
  5. Research, plan, prepare and facilitate a creative arts workshop for social care service users
  6. Document and evaluate a creative arts project
  7. Critically evaluate their own creativity and creative practice
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of best practice in the creative arts and social care enviroment

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Creativity
Conceptualizing creativity; the nature of creativity, creative capacities and traits in people, creative thinking as a skill, types of creativity, attitudes towards creativity, blocks to creativity, and ways of nurturing creative thinking in both children and adults.
Creativity in Social Care Practice
Understanding the relevance of creativity within the context of social care practice. Using individual and group creativity in the provision of 'direct and indirect' care tasks. Creative methods that use tools like drawing and role-play to work with particular groups. Planning and facilitating creative arts activities with clients/service users. Demonstrating creative thinking ability and creative leadership in carrying out organisational activities.
Drama and Social Care Practice
Introduction to drama in the social care environment - drama in education, drama as therapy, drama and community development. Over two semesters, practical drama workshops will be held ever second week building students confidence and skills in basic drama practice, in particular process based drama. This will culminate in the second semester with a group developed project that should ideally combine both drama and art practice.
Visual Art and Social Care Practice
Introduction to Art in Social Care - Art for Health and Well-being; art as a vehicle for self-expression, communication, healing and personal development. Understanding the universality of creative art expression, the language of art and the nature of artistic activity. Practice workshops develop student’s understanding of the various art mediums and their uses. Students will engage in drawing, painting, printing, collage, mixed media, construction, sculpture and clay.
Facilitation Skills
Creating opportunities that will encourage and promote creative responses from a specific client group. Selecting themes and topics which motivate and interest a given group. Choosing developmentally appropriate activities and special needs considerations in planning and facilitating creative sessions.
Documenting and Evaluating Creative Arts Activities/Projects
Employing methods of documentation which are both creative and complimentary to the activity itself. Collating appropriate and useful information for evaluation purposes.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay n/a 1,2,7 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
Reflective Journal n/a 4,7 15.00 0 0 n/a 0
Project n/a 1,2,8 15.00 0 0 n/a 0
Portfolio n/a 5,6 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation n/a 3,4,7 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Ken Robinson 2001, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, 2nd Ed., Capstone publishing West Sussex [ISBN: 1841121258]
  • Elliot W. Eisner 2002, The Arts and the Creation of Mind, Reprint Ed., Yale University Press New Haven [ISBN: 978-0300105117]]
  • Denise Lyons (ed) 2010, Creative Studies for the Caring Professions, 1st Ed., Gill & Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717147687]
  • Joy Higgs and Angie Titchen 2001, Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts, 1st Ed., Blackwell Oxford [ISBN: 0632059338]
  • Fiona Sampson 2004, Creative Writing in Health and Social Care, 1st Ed., Jessica Kingsley London [ISBN: 9781846420597]
  • Sarah Povey; Jill Hayes 2011, The Creative Arts in Dementia Care: Practical Person-Centred Approaches and Ideas, 1st Ed., Jessica Kingsley London [ISBN: 9781849050562]
  • Shaun Mc Niff 1998, Trust the Process; An Artist's Guide to Letting Go, 1st Ed., Shambhala London [ISBN: 1570623570]
  • Pat Allen 1995, Art is a Way of Knowing, 1st Ed., Shambhala Boston [ISBN: 1570620784]
  • Cathy Malchiodi 2002, The Soul's Palette: Drawing on Art's Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being, 1st Ed., Shambhala Boston and London [ISBN: 1570628157]
  • Augusto Boal 2002, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, 2nd Edition Ed., Routledge London and New York [ISBN: ISBN-10: 0415267080]
  • Dorothy Heathcote and Gavin Bolton 1996, Drama for Learning: Dorothy Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert Approach to Education, Heinemann [ISBN: ISBN-10: 043508643X]
  • Sue Jennings 1987, Dramatherapy: Theory and Practice, Volumes 1-3, Routledge London and New York [ISBN: ISBN-10: 0415029228]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_HCSSC_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory