The module will give you an overview of the main aspects relevant in the scientific field of Futures Studies and foresight research. It revolves around the epistomological, methodological and philosophical aspects relevant to mindsets and action in this fairly young field of research.

It offers material to reflect on the subject matter of futures as understood in the discipline of Futures Studies. Besides the theory it also uses practical examples and templates to be used for teaching or trying out the approaches learned.

Topics, which are covered in this module include:

Lesson 1: The field of Futures Studies and Foresight research

  • 6.1.1 Theoretical introduction to futures thinking
  • 6.1.2 Schools of Thought in futures studies
  • 6.1.3 Introduction to foresight for research 

Lesson 2: Fundamental principles in Futures Studies

  • 6.2.1 Levels of foresight awareness
  • 6.2.2 Interdisciplinary and participations in Futures Studies
  • 6.2.3 An “addressee logic” in Futures Studies
  • 6.2.4 Reflexive capacity a fundamental principle in Futures Studies
  • 6.2.5 Fundamentals in system thinking

Lesson 3: Useful methods in Futures Studies and Foresight research

  • 6.3.1 Introduction to methods in futures research
  • 6.3.2 Intuitive logics school of scenario construction
  • 6.3.3 Participatory methods – future-oriented workshops
  • 6.3.4 World System Model – a mindset and workshop method

Lesson 4: A toolbox to apply Futures Studies and Foresight approaches

  • 6.4.1 Frameworks in futures research and foresight
  • 6.4.2 Structures and concepts in Futures Studies
  • 6.4.3 Modes of orientation in Foresight
  • 6.4.4 Templates to enhance futures thinking