This is one of first courses in the undergraduate programme paving the foundation of the thinking around the modern world the students will have to develop their lives and work around. The key purpose of the course is not only to present the challenges of the global world and how these are undressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals but also to discuss how these challenges can present various opportunities for future personal and professional development and innovation.
Futures Thinking is a multidisciplinary method for thinking constructively and creatively about the future, starting from the assumption that the future is not something that will happen to us tomorrow but is being created by us today. Students will be introduced to the major changes that will occur in the next 10, 20 or more years, including global warming, inequality, global health, and the future of work, among others. In each area, students will understand how experts have created scenarios to cope with uncertainty, identify dynamics, develop policy choices, assess alternatives, and ultimately, make decisions. Students will be immersed in Futures Thinking through discussing and debating influential reports – for example, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the OECD, the United Nations, and McKinsey Global Institute. Students will then work collaboratively to assess the potential local impact of these global trends and evaluate local examples of Futures Thinking.