Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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FUTS3260 FUTUS7 Global challenges and sustainable futures 6 op
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Jyrki Luukkanen
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 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 futu@utu.fi.

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.


During the course, students practice the use and interpretation of indicators and datasets related to sustainable development, as well as modifying and organizing such datasets for further analysis. Students use various analysis methods to examine key global sustainability challenges, critical trends and different dimensions of sustainability.

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

Passing the course requires completion of exercises on data
collection and analysis and passing a written exam. 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

1st year

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. The course will be organized every two years. The course will not be organized in academic year 2015-2016.

Belongs to following study modules

Tulevaisuuden tutkimuskeskus
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Turun kauppakorkeakoulu
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Turun kauppakorkeakoulu
Optional Advanced Courses (Tulevaisuudentutkimus)
Turun kauppakorkeakoulu
Tulevaisuuden tutkimuskeskus
Optional Advanced Courses (Tulevaisuudentutkimus)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Tulevaisuuden tutkimuskeskus
MDP in Futures Studies (MA)
Futures Studies (Field of Business)