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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
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FUTS3255 FUTUS2 Futures research methods 8 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Petri Tapio
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2013–2014 X
Preceding studies
FUTU1 or other relevant studies, contact for details.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to integrate different methods into futures research. Students are capable of building a practical case using various methods and build a comprehensive account of given research items.


This course provides an in-depth methodological account of futures studies. The course will be divided into various parts. The quantitative part consists of statistical foresight methods, such as the extrapolation of time-series and cross sectional data. The Delphi part focuses on the Delphi method and how to use expert opinions in foresight activities as well as how to formulate questions for a real Delphi panel. The third part covers horizon scanning (weak signals and xevents), systems thinking, the soft systems methodology and how to apply soft systems methods in assessing future options in various systems such as welfare society. Students will be challenged to use these methods in various fictional and real cases. The objective of the course is to give students a clear sense of how to apply various methods in desk-top research as well as in practical work situations.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 18 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
  • In English
Written exam and Exercise(s)

The final grade of the course consists of two parts. A written exam based on literature (50%) and individual and/or group assignments and exercises based on the lectures, literature and supplementary material (50%). The grade for the assignments is computed as a weighted average of the separate items.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year spring

Study materials

1.Delphi Method. Techniques and Applications, eds. Linstone, Harold; Turoff, Murray Updated web-based version 2002.

2. Futures Research methodology: version 3.0, The Millenium Project Washington 2009.

3. A collection of articles. Relevant articles on methods, details at the beginning of the course.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Obligatory courses (Futures Studies)
Turku School of Economics
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Finland Futures Research Centre
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Turku School of Economics
Common Studies
Finnish Study Modules
Tourism Business
Finance and Investments
Responsible Business
Brand Management
Baltic Sea Business & Society
Business and Innovation Development
Sustainable Development
Law and Economics
MDP in Futures Studies (MA)
Futures Studies (Field of Business)
General Studies