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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 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
   
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Teachers
Name
Teppo Hujala 

Description
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.

 
Content 

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), group project (oral presentation, written report, opponent task), examination. Obligatory presence in two group presentation sessions. Third course examination in the electronic exam system (https://exam.uef.fi/) for a limited time. 

 
Teaching methods 

In autumn 2020 as distance learning in Teams / Moodle.

 
Study materials 

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

 
Evaluation criteria 

0-5 (group project 50 %, exam 50 %) 

 
Prerequisites 

Research methodologies in forest sciences (or equivalent).

 
Time 

Every autumn

 
Offering data 

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

 
Campus 

Joensuu

 
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
Register J: Foresight Methods and Applications for the Forest Sector  Web course  Teppo Hujala  08.10.20 -31.01.21

Future exams
No exams