NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITYTR>
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
on-line (in Vista) Reserve Readings as assigned.
This will include products of the previous eight iterations of the Flagstaff
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EXPANSIONThis course develops an anthropology about the future and addresses issues of sociocultural change into the future. It is one of three which satisfy the requirement for a culture change course in the applied anthropology Master's degree program. The course emphasizes methods of futures research rather than the study of projected futures. This course is intended to prepare students to enter pre-professional internships doing environmental scanning, futures research, strategic planning, policy analysis and issues management for organizations.
Conceptually, the course will teach what futures research is about, how to do it and apply its findings anthropologically with particular emphasis placed on the techniques of introducing guided change (telesis) into human organizations and sociocultural systems. This aspect of the course will emphasize the origins, the distinctive features and the consequences of futures images in human organizations and socio-cultural systems.
Practically, students will develop familiarity with six exemplary and specific methods of futures research including the data collection, analysis, evaluation, and application phases. These skills may be practiced through participation in the 8th round of the ongoing Flagstaff Tomorrow Project: Flagstaff 2032.
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Reed D. Riner, Professor,
Department of Anthropology
last updated on 06.11.01