The primary goal of this
class is orienteering: exploring the scope of futures studies as
a field, where and how it developed and how that shapes its assumptions,
who contributed what ideas, where it seems to be going [and what
it seems to be avoiding], so that participants as individuals can
negotiate their own relationship to the field as a whole and find
the niche in theory and practice that feels appropriate for them.
Not to mention defining the basic concepts, reviewing theories,
and having a look at the available research tools.
- a scanning
journal, which students will augment throughout the semester,
periodically reporting results to the class as a whole -- 25%
of the final grade;
- five two-page written
assignments: student's choice of a social change theory; student's
preferred research methods; critical evaluation of a futures report;
two scenarios; and a plan statement for a vision -- 10% each,
for 50% of the final grade;
- final essay (approximately
10 pages) comparing two futurists' work and styles, with student's
own futures research choices with regard to substance, method,
and products -- 25% of final grade.
Formats for each assignment/class
activity: specific, detailed descriptions of the format and content
required for each assignment to be handed in will be included in
the coursepack. As an example, the scanning journal format is described
ACTIVITIES AND STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS
- Social change theories:
exercise: scenarios used and resulting "headlines;"
building: welcome to our futures!
exercise: instructions and initial goals list;
- Planning achievement:
strategies and stakeholders.
- Understanding intellectual
precedents of futures as a field, and able to relate it to other
intellectual disciplines and research endeavors;
- Define foundation
concepts, perspectives, methods, products, and applications of
- Locate personal research
interests, skills, and goals within the futures field;
- Establish personal
database on trends of change and emerging issues of change for
use in future futures research;
- Communicate the above
clearly to others via discussion, presentation, and writing;
Use the Internet and WorldWide Web for research.
COATES, Joseph and Jennifer JARRATT
What Futurists Believe 1989 DC: Lomond/World Future Society.
SENGE, Peter M.
The Fifth Discipline 1990 New York: Doubleday/Currency.
SLAUGHTER, Richard A.
The Foresight Principle: Cultural Recovery in the 21st Century
1995 London: Adamantine Press.
BLACKMAN, Colin ed.
FUTURES: What Futurists Believe
August 1996 special issue, S. Inayatullah, guest editor.
Plus a coursepack of
selected articles, available in the bookstore 9/6.
MARIEN, Michael and Lane JENNINGS, eds.
What I Have Learned 1987 London: Greenwood Press.
The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future 1994 Waite Group
The Art of the Long View 1991 New York: Doubleday
BENNIS, Warren and Burt
Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge 1985 New York: