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.
FFA’s postgraduate courses are designed in Finnish and/or English language according to the current need. As a postgraduate student, you are also welcome to participate in our basic study courses.
In 2020 FFA offers a futures research post-graduate course:
FUTUJ1 Approaches to scientific futures research (4 ECTS)
Time: September 21st – November 9th 2020
Intensive days: October 5th and 22nd -23rd 2020 (in Helsinki)
Notice: Programme timetable is suggestive. Presentations of students have a huge role and the number of participants mediate with the programme. Official version after registration.
Organizers: Finland Futures Academy (FFA) and Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC)
Registration: The deadline for the registration to the course is 14th September 2020. Registration link.
Aim and content:
Students learn to know about scientific futures research and see their own research issue in the context of futures studies. Throughout the course students reflect their own scientific field and earlier studies in the context of futures research.
Students are provided with tools of understanding the nature of futures research as a scientific discipline. The aim is to provide students with readiness in understanding futures research philosophical foundations, especially ontology and epistemology. Understanding futures knowledge and rules that validate scientific knowledge generation in the field is essential. Students in the futures studies post-graduate programme learn about futures studies schools of thought and how to position their own research in the context of futures studies knowledge creation. Students from other doctoral programmes and sciences learn to know about scientific futures research and see their own research issue in the context of futures studies. Throughout the course students reflect their own scientific field and earlier studies in the context of futures research.
For this 4 ECTS students are supposed to
a) familiarize yourself with the orientate materials in Moodle
b) make 2-3 key questions that aroused from the materials
c) make a written document max 6 pages (including list of references)
d) prepare a 15 minute presentation for the intensive days
e) prepare to opponent one of your pier student orally and in writing (short list of observations)
f) actively participate and give a presentation during the intensive days
More detailed information given on the course environment Moodle. Moodle- address and course key will be delivered for all enrolled students September 21st 2020.
Annual Summer School and Conference
Together with the Finland Futures Research Centre, the FFA organises an international summer course parallel to the annual conference. The teaching structure of the summer courses follows the topic of the conference, and students are free to participate in conference presentations and workshops. The summer course is meant for both undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in Futures Studies.