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Futures Studies

Futures Studies is a field characterised by interdisciplinarity. The aim of Futures Studies is to analyse images of the future and distinguish possible, probable and preferable futures.

Futures research offers results to support decision making in both public and private organisations. In Finland, futures research is focused on visionary knowledge regarding alternative futures, and Finland is one of the leading countries in utilising futures-oriented information in the highest level of decision making: the Parliament of Finland has the world’s first Committee for the Future, founded in 1993.

Futures Studies courses are available for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Finnish member universities, including exchange students. Courses can be taken as individual study modules or as a tailored study programme of 25 ECTS credits, and can be included in a master’s degree or postgraduate studies. Futures Studies courses are based on a blended learning model, consisting of learning methods such as collaborative and independent studying, distance education with virtual learning tools, and traditional lectures.

 
 
 
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