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Building a Syllabus for a Course on the Future

Interest in futures studies is growing. But learning facilitators and  faculty may need a "little help" getting started. Below please find sample components for an introductory futures syllabus. This syllabus for FTR100 Exploring the Future was created and approved by the IF @ AACC Advisory team, approved by the Educational Policies Committee at Anne Arundel Community College, and is currently offered as a credit course for learners at AACC. 

Feel free to "borrow" as necessary to get your course started.  All we ask is that you "share" your work for the benefit of all those interested in improving the quality of futuring.

A FUTURES SYLLABUS: SOME CORE COMPONENTS

Course Name: Exploring the Future  (at Anne Arundel Community College)
Course Number: FTR100   (at Anne Arundel Community College)
Credit Hours: 3
Departments: Taught as interdisciplinary at Anne Arundel Community College (general education , interdisciplinary) – may be offered in any department. It is a course that may be offered in most departments. It is not restricted to a single department.  Cross listing is a possibility.

AACC Catalog Description:

FTR100

Exploring the Future

3 credit hours – Three hours weekly; one term

Investigate the future in a changing world. Using tools and perspectives across fields of study and cultures, students expand foresight and build the future. The course encourages appreciation for the complexity of our global society and its diversity.

Division Of Subject Matter:

Main Topics

Lecture Hours

1.0 Visualize the Future

3

2.0 Perceive Some Perspectives on  the Future

6

3.0 Investigate Multiple Futures: Diverse Factors that Drive Future Views

6

4.0 Examine Driving Forces

3

5.0 Deal with Change

6

6.0 Recognize Basic Futures Tools

6

7.0 Investigate Creativity and Problem-Solving

3

8.0 Conceptualize Responsibility for the Future

3

9.0 Construct the Future

6

Testing

3

Total

45

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