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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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FUTS9007 FUTUJ5 Futures Studies Literature 6–16 ECTS
Organised by
Futures Studies
Person in charge
Katriina Siivonen

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to perform effective information searches in futures studies, select relevant information from less relevant as well as combine and compare themes from various publications.


As futures studies is a new emerging discipline, relevant information for a study can be found in many scientific fields. The student will plan and test suitable key words in Boolean searches of the Scirus search engine and define criteria for selecting at least ten relevant research publications for the Doctorate thesis relating to the content, theory and methodology (the amount of publications depends on the amount of credits). Both directly useful to forward the thesis and more generally useful futures studies literature will be searched. The student will combine and compare themes in the found literature.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Individual work, negotiating with the teacher. Report of the searches. Written criteria for selecting the relevant literature. Literature review. Essay combining themes from all found publications.

Teaching language

English, Finnish

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

  1. van Asselt, M.B.A., Mesman,J., van’t Klooster, S.A. 2007. Dealing with prognostic uncertainty. Futures 39(6): 669-684.
  2. Slaughter, R. 2008. Beyond the mundane: Reconciling breadth and depth in futures enquiry. Futures 34(6): 493-507.
  3. TFA Methods WG. 2004. Technology futures analysis: Toward integration of the field and new methods. Technological Forecasting & Social Change 71(3): 287-303.
  4. Varum, C.A. & Melo, C. 2010. Directions in scenario planning literature – A review of the past decades, Futures 42(4): 355-369.
  5. Additional 10-40 publications relevant for the student’s thesis, depending on the number of credits.

Further information

Preferably carried out simultaneously with the course Research Paper in Futures Studies as Process Writing.

Belongs to following study modules

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)