730307 Foresights - what future to expect? (Late lessons from early warnings)

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kirchner, Mathias , Kromp-Kolb, Helga , Spittler, Nathalie , Körner, Daniel
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Most scientists concerned with foresights expect significant changes over the coming decades. However, there is a wide spectrum regarding the character of the changes, the triggering factors, the consequences of the changes and when they can be expected. This lecture will take a look at these "problems bigger than self".

Previous knowledge expected

None / Interest in global change issues

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•Students are familiar with current global trends
•Students can explain the main concepts and methods with respect to foresight and scenarios, and discuss their advantages as well as limits
•Students can critically reflect on future scenarios and their underlying assumptions
•Students are able to develop different consistent and plausible scenarios about the future
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