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FUTS3259 FUTUS6 Futures research methods in practice 6 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Sofi Kurki, lv. 2017-2018 Petri Tapio
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
2017–2018 X
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

The students are able to conduct a scenario study by using selected key methods in futures studies. They will learn to gather and analyse data in order to form alternative scenarios of the future of a given topic. Students are able to use research methods independently, seek out relevant research and background data, and formulate research questions. They will learn to report the results of their research in an academic format.


Prior to the course, students prepare a pre-assignment including an article search and analysis. During the lectures, students are given hands-on instructions on how to use selected methods in futures studies: the Delphi method, CLA (Causal Layered Analysis), and the Futures Table. In groups, students will prepare a study using one of the methods for formulating scenarios on a given topic.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 14 h 0 h
Independent work

Teaching language


Modes of study

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

Mandatory lecture attendance. The final grade of the course consists of a written pre-assignment (35 %), course activity, attendance in lectures and research work (25 %), and an extensive course study report consisting of a concise literature review, description and report on application of a selected method of futures studies, and preliminary scenarios (40 %).


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year spring

1st year

Study materials

1.Schwartz, Peter, The art of the long view: paths to strategic insight for yourself and your company. New York, Currency Doubleday 1996.

2. Government foresight report on long-term climate and energy policy: towards a low-carbon Finland. Helsinki, Prime Minister´s Office Publications 2009.

3. Futures Research methodology: version 3.0, The Millenium Project Washington 2009.

4.Collection of articles and foresight reports.

Belongs to following study modules

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
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
Futures Studies (Field of Business)