Study unit
3513165 Foresight Methods and Applications for the Forest Sector, 5 Cp  
Code 3513165  Validity 09.02.2017 -
Name Foresight Methods and Applications for the Forest Sector  Abbreviation ForesightMet 
Credits 5 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Teppo Hujala 

Learning outcomes 

After a successful completion of the course, the student understands the nature of futures knowledge and knows the main methods available for assessing the future development of the forest sector. Also, the course will demonstrate how these methods have been applied in practice in the forest sector. It will provide an understanding on how foresight analysis can be made quantitatively and qualitatively, or mixing these two approaches. It shows how the political, economic, social, technological, and environmental issues all effect and interact in shaping the future. The course will also train students on how to interpret and critically evaluate some applications of foresight methods, thus providing better understanding of the purposes, strengths, and weaknesses of the various foresight methods.


Core knowledge: What is futures studies and what is foresight? What kind of knowledge does foresight produce and where can it be used? Foresight tools and methods. How to choose foresight methods and how to evaluate foresight reports. How foresight tools have been applied globally and in Finland in the forest sector.

Modes of study 

Lectures (24 h), course work, examination. Third course examination in the electronic exam system ( for a limited time.

Study materials 

Selection of research articles and material (in English) announced at the start of the course.

Evaluation criteria 



Research methodologies in forest sciences (or equivalent).


Every autumn

Offering data 

Forest Science M.Sc. students & Environmental Policy and Law, Environmental Science and Forestry -exchange programme students.



Further information 

The course is in English.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
J: Foresight Methods and Applications for the Forest Sector  Multi-modal teaching  Teppo Hujala  04.10.21 -30.11.22

Future exams
No exams