Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Describe the primary concepts and theories of futures studies, applied strategic foresight and design futures.
- Articulate critical reflections on alternative futures proposals from technological, ethical, environmental
and cultural perspectives.
- Conceptualise and develop plausible or speculative future scenarios.
- Design and produce prompts, artefacts and narratives that enable critical, experiential and/or embodied exploration of future scenarios.
- Assess the potential of the outputs and processes developed in the course to trigger critical discussion and
inform change.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 25.04.2023 - 06.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): İdil Gaziulusoy, Namkyu Chun

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course introduces the students to theories and practices on the various ways in which design and futures fields
    intersect. These intersections include the implicit and explicit roles design play in creating, enacting and critically analysing proposals and stories about alternative futures. More specifically, the students will be introduced to the history of futures studies, the theories and the methods for critical and strategic foresight. Students will apply some of these methods for developing scenarios and communicating these through visual and/or material, experiential and/or embodied means.
    The course follows a project-based learning approach. During the course, students will work in groups to develop a
    project focused on the construction of future scenario(s). As part of this process, the students will critically reflect on the assumptions, values and perspectives underlying a future scenario(s). The course lectures and in-class activities will support the students throughout the process.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    80% attendance to all scheduled in-class sessions is mandatory to pass.
    The students must be present during the first session and the final session.

    Course activities adds to the final grade in the course as follows:

    Participation in class sessions 10%
    Group project 50%
    Individual reflective essay 30%
    Peer assessment 10%

Workload
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The total workload for the course (6 cr) amounts to 162 hours (1 ECTS credit = 27 hours).

    •  Contact teaching 54 h
    •  Group work 58 h
    •  Individual work 33 h
    •  Personal reflection 16 h
    •  Giving course feedback 1 hour

     

DETAILS

Substitutes for Courses
Prerequisites

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    The course is organized with 30 study places in 2022/2023 and 46 study places in 2023/2024.

    A minimum of 20 students are required for running the course. 

    Registration for Courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/registering-to-courses-and-the-order-of-priority-at-aalto-arts