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FUTS3260 FUTUS7 Global challenges and sustainable futures 6 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Jyrki Luukkanen
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
Preceding studies
FUTUS2242 FUTU1 Foundation of Futures Studies or other relevant studies, contact for details.

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 2017-2018.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
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)