MASTER DEGREE IN FUTURE STUDIES
EXAMPLE – Level V sample Syllabus
PREREQUISITES – BACHELOR DEGREE AND ADMISSION TO PROGRAM
AUTHOR: Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount, Instructor Dr. Carl Lindgren – Written October, 2014, rev. 2015
The Studies of Futures is increasingly being taught in many Universities and Colleges today. Although it started to becomes a course many years ago.
Foresight is interactive with the study of change. Today the new technology is creating more and more and modern science using the technology to change the world we live in and the way in which people live together with the skills that we need to live and work . Futurists help people to view and explore the range of possible futures . This course is an introduction to understand and develop your thinking in ways you can create and develop your futures.
• MODELS OF CHANGE
• SYSTEMS THINKING
At the conclusion of this module students will be able to:
1. Create 2 Scenarios utilizing the eight elements of a good scenario to create scenarios..
2. Develop a strategic plan for your work place .
3. Develop the implementation of the Strategic plan
4. Develop a short lecture about change, what it is and the dimensions of change.
5. Compare and Contrast the following: Project, Approach, Method, Technique,
6 Differentiate between, Framing, scanning forecasting, visioning, planning and acting
7. Write a one page lecture explaining what is meant by systems theory and the dimensions of systems theory.
REQUIRED STUDY MATERIALS
The first session is a required SKYPE session. In this session the student
and the faculty member will have an interaction about the course and the assignments. The student is expected to have the resources and have reviewed the books and materials. This is considered the first session for the course.
Textbooks (Buy from Kindle at Amazon.com)
- Peter C Bishop and Andy Hines-, 2012 . Teaching About the Future (Palgrave, Macmillan)
- Hines A and Bishop, Peter , Thinking about the Future. : 2007, Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (Washington, D.C.: Social Technologies )
See other references at the end of each Chapter. V
The Reference style to be used is the Harvard Style adopted by the College of Teachers.
THERE WILL BE 15 WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS TO BE SUBMITTERD OVER THE 15 WEEKS OF THE COURSE. IN SOME CASES THE INSTRUCTOR MAY SET A TWO WEEK ASSIGNMENT . HOWEVER, EACH PART IS TO BE ASSESSED FOR EACH
The Major Assignment is during the 15th week. This is a videotape and is required to be submitted by the 15th week . This is a requirement of our accreditation with the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities. The videotape teaching exercise will have a purpose and at least 2 learning Objectives It will be of 40 minutes in duration.. It is due the 15th week.
Examination. There will be a three hours examination for the course. Students will attempt all five questions. This is the 16th week. The student will be responsible for finding a proctor, paying the proctor and finding a suitable venue. There is a proctor consent form with the instructions that the proctor signs consent to proctor the three hour examination. This form will be given to the proctor by the student. This completed Proctor consent form will be submitted with all accumulated marks by the Instructor to the head office at the conclusion of the course.
Assignment l Week 1 Student and Instructor have an interactive session on SKYPE to discuss the module and assignments and clarify the conduct of the course.
Student to have read Introduction to Text, Bishop and Hines,
Amd ready to discuss with Instructor Why the study of Futures and what benefits accrue from Foresight .
Assignment 2. Week 2. Read Chapter 1 “Models of Change’’
Write a 500 word paper of an analysis of the concept of change and its four dimensions.
Assignment 3., Week 3. And week 4 Read Text Chapter 2 on “ Systems Thinking.” review the book by Kaufman listed on page 91 , Systems I and Systems II, Systems thinking is fundamental to understanding futures and foresight .
Assignment 3 week 4 Chapter 2 Perspectives on the Future
On page 91 T THE CONCLUSION OF CHAPTER 2 Bishop and Hines recommend the books Read Chapter 3 in Bishop by Kaufman on Systems Thinking. AND SYSTEMS THINKING II Find this book in your library OR INTER LIBRARY LOAN and review the concept on Systems Thinking.
ASSIGNMENT 3 weeks 3 and 4.
Assignment 4. Week 5 Read chapter 3 “ Perspective s on the Future “
Write a 250 page summary on Chapter 3.
Assignment 5 Week 6. Read Chapter 4 “ Social Change “
Compare and contrast the ten theories of social change
Discuss what the common theories of social change unite the ten theories.
Assignment 6 Week 7 Read chapter 5
Discuss the types of research and its uses in creating futures.
Assignment 7 Week 8. Read Chapter 6 “Scanning “ Prepare a paper on the purpose of scanning Develop an analysis of why it is important to scan at different LEVELS “ Explain what is meant by “Scanning Hits”
Supplementary Reading , Read Choo, C.W. (2001) Information Management for the Intelligent Organization: The Art of Scanning the Environment (Medford, N.J: Information Today.
Assignment 8. Week 9, Read Chapter 7 “ Summarize this Chapter on Forecasting “ Set out the main ideas
Assignment 9 Week 10, Read Chapter 8, on Leadership .
Write a 250 page paper on why leadership is an important aspect of change in an organization .
Assignment 10 , Week 11. Read Chapter 9 on Visioning.
Write a visioning activity using the generic activities set on page 246 making them specific to your idea of a specific change needed in y our organization or in your group.
Assignment 11 , Week 12- Read Chapter 10 Planning Develop the planning process for your change that you have envisioned to make with Assignment 10 /Think through about developing your plan as you read through the chapter. Pay special attention to the steps in Strategic Planning on page 256
Write out your plan for the organizational change process that you envision. Apply the process that you read about in Chapter 10
Weeks 13 and week 14 In this assignment you will plan the process to influence to make the future that you have envisaged
Major Assignment creating a teaching videotape
Week 15 You are now ready to teach the process of envisaging, planning and creating change in your organization Plan your lecture that you will videotape on creating changer
Review the objectives of the course in preparation for the final examination. It will be closed book exam. You will be given 5 questions drawn from the objectives and you will attempt all of the questions.
Your proctor should have been selected and approved and sent the consent sheet. The consent sheet will be sent to the Instructor and submitted to me with the examination materials The Instructor sends the examination to the proctor one day in advance of the examination
The examination should be written on the exam paper in order that the student does not leave the examination room with any papers.
Assessment and marking are clarified on the Grading Scales Document
All grading will be determined by the document titled Grading Scales. This document has been distributed to students and staff.
WEEK 16 FINAL EXAMINATION
The Final Examination will be given to you in the 16th week. The student will have arranged for a proctor and a venue, which can be at a local library or school or i8nstitute. The student will supply the name of the proctor to the faculty member and faculty member will decide if proctor is appropriate and send examination to their proctor one day ahead preceding the date of the examination. The proctor to have completed consent form on which I have written instructions. The examination The examination questions will be written on the papers for the responses. In this way the student leaves the exam room with no papers.
For Assessments and marking see Grading Scales document
All grading will be determined by the document titled Grading Scales. This has been distributed to students and staff. See Dr. Blount if y ou do not have one.
100-96= A 87-85= B- 79-73=D
95-92=A- 84-80 = C 72-69=D-
91-88= B 83-80= C- Below 70F
Final Examination (Max ) 100 pts) (20 pts each )
The student should initiate an initial telephone or SKYP conference with the instructor within one week of enrollment to clarify a plan of action for the course.
This initial contact will help familiarize the student and instructor with one another, and permit the transmission of clear expectations for completion of course requirements. Periodic telephone interaction as required, at student’s expense should be continued for the duration of the course.
Frequent email communications between student and instructor should be initiated and continued for the duration of the course.
Students may send communication and materials via postal service, as requested.
Academic Dishonesty Plagiarism and cheating
The International School of Interdisciplinary Sciences prokotes academic honesty and personal integrity. Cheating can take many different forjms; as submitting another person’s work, writing a paper for someone else, Buyina paper from a research sercice or submitting the same assignment twice for different courses. Students found guilty of any of the above will receive an F mark for the course.
Students are expected to follow the suggested timeline as outlined in their first session with instructor
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