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Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number IDSEM-UG1855
Section 001
Instructor Peter Rajsingh
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U


Course meets on Sunday. First class meeting will be Sunday, September 13th.


The terms creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship (CI&E) have become catchphrases in the 21st century. The goal of this class is to examine these concepts both individually and in the way they interrelate. What is being invoked by these terms? To what extent are CI&E stable, contestable, or how is one a precursor of the other? A business writer suggested that “creativity is the price of admission, but it’s innovation that pays the bills.” How are CI&E values, as well as generators of value in business and in life? Do the terms complement or stand in opposition to other values, and through what practices and cultural and conceptual frames are they articulated and operationalized (such as creation  ex nihilo , zero to one, the lean start-up, methodological individualism, etc.)? Analytical thinking about CI&E, therefore, leads us down various pathways. We will explore images of the self, economic notions of the good life and of society implicit in different ways that CI&E get parsed. And we will examine the anatomy of start-ups as well as intrapreneurship — the fostering of an entrepreneurial internal culture, where the Gallatin model of individualized study might be considered a useful paradigm.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)