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FUTS9004 Philosophical, Methodological and Pragmatic Approaches to Scientific Futures Research 3 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Markku Wilenius, Petri Tapio
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X
2015–2016 X

Learning outcomes

The aim is to explore a variety of sciences in the context of futures research and reinforce futures studies approaches and methodologies as part of scientific research. Doctoral candidates are provided with tools of understanding the nature of futures research as a scientific discipline, its concepts and methods.


The course provides doctoral candidates with readiness in understanding the philosophical foundations of futures research, especially ontology and epistemology. Understanding futures knowledge and rules that validate scientific knowledge generation in the field is essential. Discussions about multiple ways of including futures research as a part of the dissertation are included in the course.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h
Independent work

The course consists of a pre-assignment and lectures (3*8h). The pre-assignment is based on a given literature combined with individual learning and elaboration of a presentation. Candidates presentations are followed by discussions and issue-specific lectures. Throughout the course students reflect their own scientific field and earlier studies in the context of futures research.

Teaching language

Finnish, English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Oral exam
  • In English



Recommended year of study

First year, autumn

Study materials

  1. A selection of books and articles, e.g.  by Wendell Bell and Alan Musgrave
  2. Special Issue: The Delphi Technique.Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 78(9): 1487-1720.
  3. List ofarticles in the Journal of the Futures Studies during the period 2009­–2012

A more specific list of books, articles and discussions is delivered before lectures.

Further information

Course coordinator Sari Söderlund.
The course is offered as a part of post-graduate courses by the Finland Futures Academy (FFA) at the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) and University of Turku UTUGS transferable skills education programme.

Belongs to following study modules

Finland Futures Research Centre
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Finland Futures Research Centre
MDP in Futures Studies (MA)
Futures Studies (Field of Business)