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FUTS3260 FUTUS7 Global challenges and sustainable futures 6 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Jyrki Luukkanen
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2013–2014 X
Preceding studies
Foundations in Futures Studies or a preliminary test for students who have not taken the course. The preliminary test is designed to ensure the necessary knowledge base for participating in the course. The test is based on the supplementary material. For details on the requirements and test material please contact

Learning outcomes

Students are able to analyse different trends of global development and their relation to the different dimensions of sustainable development. They are able to analyse the global drivers of the trends and their impacts on futures development. They are able to study the global resource use and related development and sustainability challenges. Students are also able to evaluate various alternative efforts to deal with these problems.


Key global challenges and their critical trends are examined by trend and correlation analyses. Exercises concerning analysis of IPAT type relations associated with different dimensions of sustainability. Student study decomposition analysis and use of Advanced Sustainability Analysis (ASA) approach in the evaluation. Resource and other productivity measures and the long term challenges of globalization are examined as well as their linkages on environment and poverty issues.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h
Group work

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)

Group works of trend analysis and use of ASA approach including data collection and assessment. The final grade of the course is based on a written exam based on the lectures, literature and supplementary material (60%) and group work reports discussed and presented during the course (40%).


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

2. year spring

Study materials

1. The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century´s Sustainability Crises, eds. Heinberg, Richard; Lerch, Daniel, Healdsburg, Watershed Media 2010.

2. Herendeen, Robert, A, Ecological Numeracy. Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues. Hoboken, Wiley 1998

3. A collection of articles to be defined at the beginning of the course

Further information

Offered also to exchange students, KEKO and Responsible
Business students.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Turku School of Economics
Optional advanced 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.
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