In the aftermath of the
second World War, a number of philosophers and researchers framed
the questions and issues which set the directions for the emerging
field of futures studies. These influential thinkers contributed
basic concepts and models to the field, creating its foundations
and the framework of its worldview. This course provides participants
with an opportunity for in-depth review and discussion of a selection
of classic texts (the specific books chosen vary from year to year).
In addition, movies
and television have informed our views of the future by creating
strong images, icons, and visual themes that symbolize the range
of philosophies and critiques represented in the classic texts.
For this reason, the course also offers participants an opportunity
to discuss classic cinematic and video works about the future, and
to link those with the issues raised by the classic texts.
participants must submit a total of six essays reviewing either
a book or one of the films. No more than two essays may review films:
at least four essays must examine the classic texts. Format for
book reviews and film reviews follows.
The Art of Conjecture
The Future of the Future
The Challenge to Man's Future
Leagues under the Sea
The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism and The
Coming of Post-Industrial Society
selections from The Image of the Future and Harman, An
Incomplete Guide to the Future
from 2001 and Blade Runner
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