Prerequisites Core Courses and Electives for the Future Studies Master’s Program
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Building
Within the Future Studies Program we present an enhanced educational program consisting of interdisciplinary teaching, learning with student to student and students to teacher and curriculum development.
We are including education as a field of study in our Master’s presentation, for education provides a theoretical and practical foundation for interdisciplinary fields of study. To offer these types of perquisite courses will help to develop high quality study programs as quality teaching will improve professor knowledge in designing curriculum, instructional tools, effective learning of the students and student-teacher learning participation.
The electives to our presented Master’s Program will also consists of a course in International Law as it pertains to the 21st Century. The course, Teaching the Future of International Labor Law in Europe, is taught by Dr. Vesna Baltezarevic. This module is beneficial in that it allows the students to understand what FUTURE ideas, concepts and implementations are currently lawful and how these laws will apply to future concepts in designing a Future Studies conceptual model of the student’s thesis.
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (5 courses)
EDU 500 Curriculum Creation and Redevelopment – Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount
Curriculum development will become an experiential venture as students put a new face on this historical model and begin to create new models for this learning age. In this course the participants begin by doing the needs assessment of a group of participants and further learn how to create learning output objectives in order to comply with requests of the European Union Higher Education Quality Assurance demands. They will also learn the significance of output objectives and of creating New Paradigms in education, natural sciences and the social sciences. The need for and methods of evaluating a curriculum will be studied. Emphasis with be utilized from data and research obtained by the faculty (Blount & Lindgren) from years of activities with the London College of Teachers, both as students and Senior Fellows. Participants will develop a curriculum in a subject leading toward their Future Studies thesis, which would be suitable for a 16 week course.
EDU 501 Teaching for Effective Learning – Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount
The goal of this course is to help students become not only effective academics and researchers but also teachers. The course will cover the basics underlying the development of effective teaching. Thesis students will learn how to write learning objectives; how to develop methods appropriate for selected skills to be learned; how to deliver different types of lessons from lectures and how to teach in small groups, workshops, tutorials and other teaching modes. Types of assessments will be studied. Students will be expected to go to conferences in their area of interest and evaluate the teaching methods according to criteria learned in the course. Participants will make a videotape of a 40 minute teaching session in an area of their choice as it relates to their thesis topic. A research paper will be developed.
FUT 500 Introduction to Future Studies – Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren
Future Studies is increasingly being taught in many of today’s universities and colleges. Foresight is interactive with the study of change. Modern science is using technology to change the world we live in. Futurists help people to view and explore the range of possible futures. This course is an introduction to understanding and developing your future.
RES 650 Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology for Research in Education – Vacant
This course is designed to develop skills for the student to carry out research for the Master’s thesis. Students will learn about different types of research, how to define the problem, study types of methodologies, parts of a research project, how design the data collection methods as questionnaires and interview schedules, and utilizing data that exists for qualitative research. Also drawing conclusions and making recommendations for further research.
RES 651 Doing Grounded Theory for Your Thesis – Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount
This course will follow the textbook by Kathy Charmaz – Constructing Grounded Theory. First developed by Anselm Strauss and Barney Glaser in 1967, Grounded Theory has now become a very poplar methodology for thesis students. Essentially Grounded Theory is based on the inductive development of theory from emergent data. This method offers a rigorous orderly method of theory development from social research. The grounded theorist collects data to resolve a problem or question. According to Glaser, everything is data. The theorist collects data he is also coding and memoing. Students will also learn this method using Glaser’s text. Doing Grounded Theory: Issues and Discussions. Mill City: Sociology Press, 1998. (www.sociology press.com)
THE 690 – Master Thesis Seminar (scientific writing) – online through conference calling
THE 699 Thesis – See Manual for Writing Thesis submitted in original hard copy documents.