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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FUTU2214 FUTURES1: How Can We Explore the Future? 5 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies (Field of Business)
Person in charge
Hanna-Kaisa Aalto

General description

FUTURES 1 is an introductory course to futures studies. During this 5 ECTS course students will hear about the fascinating world of FS and have a glimpse of the future and the key components of FS (transdisciplinarity, complexity, globality, normativity, scientificity, dynamicity, participation, long time span, search of continuities and discontinuities, exceptional epistemology, contingency, holistic and systemic world view, spatial and temporal dimensions, etc.). Despite of the challenging basis of this new discipline the course is very practically oriented. Students will carry out a scenario exercise in teams. The lessons are organized in co-operation with Taiwanese university.

Learning outcomes

During this introductory course into Futures Studies student will learn the very basics of futures studies e.g. futures awareness, futures thinking, basic ideas behind futures research methods and scenario work. After this course he or she should be able to identify and recognize the central basis of Futures Studies.


The meaning of Futures Studies is to invent, evaluate and suggest possible and probable futures, and to help people evaluate different options. During this course student will familiarize him/ herself with futures tools and new perspectives to holistic world view with scenario work.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Group work
Independent work

7x 3 h lessons and assignments, group report, on line discussions and weekly assignments in Moodle (virtual learning space)

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
  • In English

To participate into lessons (7*3h) and pass both individual weekly assignments (4 ) and group report (length 15-20 pages)


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

1. FFA: Study Guide and Collection of Articles, Turku 2013.

2. MASINI, ELEONORA, Why futures studies?London, Grey Seal 1993.

3. BELL, WENDELL, Foundations of Futures Studies. Volume I. London, Transaction publishers 1997.

4. Lecture notes

Further information

Further information: www.tvanet.fi/en

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Futures Studies: courses lectured in English (Futures Studies (Field of Business))
Finland Futures Research Centre
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Finland Futures Research Centre
Futures Studies (Field of Business)