Academic Courses

Finland Futures Academy (FFA) offers:

Summer School “Futures of a Complex World”
12–15 June 2017 in Turku, Finland

A human-centered city future is widely considered to be desirable, yet many city modeling approaches consider everything except for the roles of city inhabitants. In this two-day session, students will explore what it means to take a human-centered perspective in theorizing, modeling, and applying foresight approaches to a city as a complex system. By learning how to conceptualize the complex “system of systems” in a city as a “network of networks of actors” new approaches to real-world city vision making become possible. The session will include a game-based futuring participatory workshop taking the city of Turku as its case.

The Summer School consists of two parts:

  • 12–13 June: Participation into the Futures Conference “Futures of a Complex World”.
  • 14–15 June: Reflection of the conference and lectures and exercises just for students about complexity

Master’s students: The course requirements for 5 ECTS are:

  • Preliminary readings (a collection of articles delivered to all enrolled), exercises and preparation for lecture work shop
  • Participation in the Conference
  • Active participation in Summer School (lectures and exercises)
  • Reflective learning diary (10–15 pages)

Doctoral students: The course requirements for 6 ECTS are:

  • Preliminary readings (a collection of articles delivered to all enrolled), exercises and preparation for lecture work shop
  • Participation in the Conference
  • Active participation in Summer School (lectures and exercises)
  • Academic essay of futures research method or approach combined with the conference subject

Preliminary studies in futures studies is required.

Further information about the summer school and its registration, fees, etc:
hanna-kaisa.aalto(a)utu.fi.