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FUTS3257 FUTUS3 Systems thinking 6 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Markku Wilenius
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X
2015–2016 X
Preceding studies
FUTU1 or other relevant studies, contact for details.

Learning outcomes

Students master the different paradigms of systems thinking and are able to link them with futures studies. They are capable of connecting alternative futures assessment with systemic approach and analysis.


The course is divided into two parts. The first part is approaches, paradigms and methodologies of systems thinking. Exploring how systemic approach incorporates the study of relations and interactions between elements, components, constituents and classes. Understanding the systemic characteristics enable to model them in a way that describes the system as a whole . The second part focuses on the self-organizing nature of dynamic and complex
developments. Students become acquainted with understanding the growing complexity of systems, particularly social systems. In this regard the five critical concepts of autopoiesis will be closer examined: far from equilibrium, enthopy, iteration, bifurcation and time. The objective of the course is to learn key concepts and methods of systems thinking and how to apply them in futures studies.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 8 h 0 h
Independent work

Compulsory lecture attendance.

Teaching language


Modes of study

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

An extensive written assignment on a given topic based on the lectures and literature.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1st year

Study materials

1. STÅHLE, PIRJO, The dynamics of self-renewal: A systems-thinking to understanding organizational challenges in dynamic environments. A. Bounfour (Ed.) Organisational Capital: Modelling, measuring and contextualizing. London, Routledge 2008.

2. LALOUX, FREDERIC, reinventing organizations, Brussels, nelson Parker 2014

3. ROWLEY, ROBIN; ROEVENS, JOSEPH, Organize with chaos. Management Books 2000 Ltd 1999.

4. BALL, PHILIP, Critical mass: how one thing leads to another. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006.

5. MEADOWS, DONELLA, Thinking in systems – a primer. Chelsea Green publishing 2008.



Belongs to following study modules

Finland Futures Research Centre
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Turku School of Economics
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Turku School of Economics
Optional Advanced Courses (Futures Studies)
Finland Futures Research Centre
Optional Advanced Courses (Futures Studies)
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)