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Gregorian University

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Gregorian University in Rome, Italy offers a program called ‘Futures Studies with a Human and Social Perspective’.  The program is towards Bachelor and PhD degrees.  The program explores why it is important to think about the future, and why it is important in a complex society; the terminology and characteristics of the discipline as seen in different parts of the world; development of the discipline in different parts of the world; spatial and temporal conception in futures studies; the philosophical and ethical elements in futures studies including the responsibilities of a futurist; the methodological success and failure of various approaches with examples at global, regional, national and  local; and, methodological exercises every year.  Each unit is a whole semester. The program has existed since 1976, with the PhD from 1992.  The PhD is a minimum of 3 year and maximum of 5 years. There were 28 students from 18 countries, mainly from Latin America, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe in 2002. Every second year there is  an average number of 25-28  students. 10 PhD’s have been awarded thus far and another 8 students are currently in the doctoral dissertation process.


Eleonora Barbieri Masini

Javier Medina

Gian Matteo Apuzzo

Giorgio Nebbia

Eleonora Barbieri Masini
Faculty of Social Sciences
Gregorian University
phone and fax: 39-06-8072529


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