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Finland Futures Research Centre

FUTURES STUDIES AS A MAJOR SUBJECT

DEFINITION – WHAT IS FUTURES STUDIES?

Futures Studies is a new emerging field of research. As the future does not exist yet, the field studies the future projections of and discontinuities in past trends and current views of the long-term future. Futures Studies is interested in the probable futures, possible futures and preferred futures. As a societal action, futures studies aim to serve private and public decision-makers by outlining alternative long-term strategies in a changing operational environment. As an academic field of research, Futures Studies generates knowledge of the ways and processes of how individuals and organisations deal with the uncertain future. Typical research questions in the field are focused to the epistemology of knowledge about the future, the methodological development of futures studies tools and analyses of alternative futures of a clear topic or a more general theme. Futures Studies is an interdisciplinary field, where rather wide topics are analysed and the results and approaches of more traditional disciplines meet.

 

You can study Futures Studies as a Major Subject in the two-year Master’s degree programme and in the four-year Postgraduate progamme at the Turku School of Economics (TSE) in the University of Turku. The Major of Futures Studies is organised by Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC).

 

Futures Studies offers complementary approaches and methods to other Major Subjects of the Turku School of Economics. Students having a Futures Studies as the major subject are encouraged to study other subjects at TSE as minors.

Subjects of Department
Finland Futures Research Centre
Futures Studies (Field of Business)