Certificate in Strategic Foresight, Bishop Hines 2012 Products

Certificate in Strategic Foresight
Course products (revised)
P Bishop/A Hines, 5/23/12

University of Houston

This document contains the detailed instructions for completing the projects for the Certificate in
Strategic Foresight. Those who complete the projects successfully will receive the Certificate of
Achievement from the University of Houston.

Overall Objective: Use the skills taught in this course and apply them to one’s own enterprise in an integrated manner.

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MER Futures Research, Peter Bishop

University of Houston, Department of Futures Studies

Course Title: Futures Research

Futures Research is a survey course about the methods and tools that professional futurists use to help people anticipate and influence the future. It is a core course in the Futures Studies program. It covers methods and tools used by forecasters in general as well as by professional futurists. It also covers the techniques that futurists use more than others to forecast the future, particularly creating scenarios of the future, and the techniques used by futurists and consultants alike to help people influence the future, particularly visions, strategic plans, and change management programs.

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MER Futures Syllabus, Chris Jones

POLS 396
Syllabus – Mesa State College

Spring 2007 Dr. Christopher Jones
MWF 1:00 – 1:50 P.M. Office: Lowell Heiny Hall 427
Houston Hall 233 Office Hours: 11 A.M.-1 P.M. MWF
E-mail: chrjones@mesastate.edu Office: 970-248-1569

Course Overview and Rationale
Introduction to Future Studies surveys the origins, founders and history of the futures studies movement, examines the methods and techniques of the field, covers basic assumptions and theories, and focuses on some of the basic skills and tools. In other words, the course is designed to explore the scope of Futures Studies as a field, discuss where and how it developed, how it has shaped and continues to shape its assumptions, who contributed the basic ideas and methods, where it seems to be going, and what it seems to be avoiding.

15 week course

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MER International Futures Syllabus, Barry Hughes

University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies

INTS 3701: International Futures

Significant forces reshape the socio-political world much like tectonic plates restructure the geological world. These include the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) revolution and other technological change, the demographic/agricultural transitions, financial globalization, the energy transition from fossil fuels, atmospheric carbon build-up, reshaping of value systems, and global democratization. Serious analysis of global affairs requires an understanding of these forces, the primary issues to which they give rise, and the debates over country-specific and multilateral policy responses to the issues. This course surveys key forces and provides analytical tools from a broad range of disciplines to facilitate better understanding of them and the dynamics of their interaction.

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MER Peace Education: Understanding and Negotiating Conflict, Ivana Milosevic

The University of Queensland


This course provides a critical overview of theoretical and applied principles of Peace Education. It begins by introducing students to historical and contemporary views of peace and security as well as to views of the roots of violence and conflict. It then discusses peace, conflict and violence in educational settings. As well, this course explores the role of violence in our lives and the lives of others and how peace education can help deal with this violence. Students are then introduced to various case studies (community, whole school and classroom approaches) and skills for practical conflict resolution.

The course will help students further their understanding of the sources and roles of conflict, violence and peace. It will facilitate dealing with violence and conflict creatively and pro-actively. It will also prepare them to teach about and practice peace, nonviolence, and conflict resolution in their workplaces, families and communities.

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MER Pro-seminar in Futures Studies, Peter Bishop

University of Houston, Department of Futures Studies

Course Title:Pro-Seminar

The Proseminar in Futures Studies is the last or almost the last course that most students take in the futures program. Therefore, its primary objective is to help students make the transition from being a futures student to being a futures professional. Even those who will not become full-time futures professionals (perhaps because they already have a career) still need to begin practicing their old careers in new ways.

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MER Reform vs Strategy, Riel Miller

Sciences Po
Masters in Public Affairs 2005-2006

Syllabus, 1st semester
Reform versus Strategy: Making Choices at the End of the Administrative Era

Instructor: Riel Miller

Course Description:
Today, with some urgency and perplexity, decision makers in all sectors and all levels are searching for policies that can:

  • reconcile greater individual freedom with collective choices;
  • embrace greater diversity without inviting fragmentation & chaos;
  • foster greater creativity without increasing burn-out & stress;
  • inspire responsibility;
  • motivate change without resorting to fear;
  • manage risk without hierarchy;
  • combine respect for complexity while still gaining depth of understanding

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