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Structure and content

The modules covered are: Applied philosophy; Managing for change; Principles of futures studies; Applied systems thinking; Measuring and making the future; and Understanding the world.


Applied philosophy

  • Practical logic and critical skills
  • Philosophy of history
  • Study of complexity
  • Ethics

Managing for change

  • The link between strategic management and futures research
  • Using futures studies to effect change and transformation
  • The role of leadership in planning for the future
  • Using futures studies to manage and mitigate risk

Principles of futures studies

  • The key concepts of futures studies and their relevance
  • History of futures thinking
  • The application of the most important techniques of futures studies
  • Distinguishing between good and bad work in futures studies
  • Conceptual aspects of the future

Applied systems thinking

  • Systems philosophy
  • Social systems methodology
  • Defining problems and designing solutions
  • Participative democracy and national development
  • Systems dynamics

Measuring and making the future

  • Scoping the future
  • Forecasting techniques
  • Causal layered analysis
  • Trend analysis
  • Megatrend analysis
  • Demography
  • Qualitative tools
  • Scenarios

Understanding the world

  • Globalisation and integration
  • The economic environment
  • The political environment
  • The social environment
  • The technology environment
  • The sustainability imperative
  • Understanding Africa