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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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FUTS3254 FUTUS1 Ethics of Future Studies 5 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Katriina Siivonen, Matti Minkkinen
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
2017–2018 X
Preceding studies
FUTU1 or other relevant studies, contact futu@utu.fi for details.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to analyze the connections between ethics and futures studies. Students are also able to evaluate the various ethical dimensions of future developments and understand the ethical responsibilities of a futures practitioner. Particularly with technology foresight and assessment, students are capable of discerning the ethical impacts of various technological applications.


The course gives comprehensive account on the ethical dimensions of futures studies from the point of view of the philosophy of science. The course will deal with two themes: the critical ethical issues of futures studies, and how a practitioner should follow those ethical principles in his/her work.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 10 h 0 h
Group work

Teaching language


Modes of study

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

The final grade of the course consists of a written extensive assignment on a selected topic based on literature and supplementary material (50%) and a group work based on literature (50%).


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year autumn

1st or 2nd year

Study materials

1.Bell, Wendell, Foundations of futures studies: human science for a new era Vol.2, Values, objectivity and the good society. New Brunswick, Transaction Publishers 1997.

2. Philosophical essays of Knowledge of the Future, eds. Malaska, Pentti; Masini, Eleonora, Futura 1/2009,

3. A collection of articles

Belongs to following study modules

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