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Graduate Courses

D0010 Theoretical Approaches to the Future (3/0)

This course develops the academic basis for futures studies. The origins, approaches, philosophical foundations for the field are explored, as well as questions around the futures of futures studies.

D0011 Macrohistory and Macrohistorians (2/0)
This course examines various perspectives on individual, social, and civilizational change. Macrohistory is the study of social systems, along separate trajectories, in search of patterns.

D0019 Science, Technology and Future Society (0/2)
How can the ethical-legal-socio system become more future-oriented? How will artificial intelligence change how law is conducted? What is the impact of issues such as globalization on the future of international law? What of terrorism and world law? Can law keep up with changes in world economy and technology? Is a Science court needed to address issues such as the rights of robots?

S0467 Applied in Statistics(0/3)
This course provides graduate students with a systematic treatment of the quantitative study. The major issues include testing the research hypothesis, Ch-square test and Non-parametric statistics, Analysis-of-Variance, the simple and multiple variables regression, dummy and regression diagnostics, and Time Series analysis. Many of the statistical software packages, including SPSS+, Minitab and SAS, are also employed in the practical assignments. Finally, students should learn how to conduct a set of survey data, to solve some common problems, and to interpret the complex findings of the empirical studies.



D0073 Philosophical Elements of Futures Studies (2/0)
This course is designed to discuss the traditions of Futures Studies, including economic trend and predictions, sociological context analysis, the origin and result of change and development, and construction of time and space by philosophical perspectives.

D0012 Social Science Research Method (3/0)
This course is based on the training of social science. What’s a fact? What’s a problem? How to observe social facts? What is a research? How to operate a concept and construct a theoretical framework? And how to collect and analyze data will be also discussed.


D0023 Methods in Futures Studies (0/3)
This course investigates the methods used in futures studies. These include: scenario development, causal layered analysis, futures wheels, visioning, trend analysis, emerging issues analysis and backcasting.

D0075 Trend Analysis – Exploring the Long Term Future (2/0)
What is the long term future of humanity? What are the critical factors necessary for survival and trivial? Can the long term future be forecasted?

D0076 Designing the Future (0/2)
The course focuses on how to create the future. Design implications in created preferred futures are explored. What is the difference between the good and the perfect society? How can one ensure that one's political and social design is robust and does not close the future.



D0018 Change and Development (0/3)
Theories of social change are based on organizational traditions that emphasized on innovation, control, plan and management. The objective of this course employs change and development theories to explore the futures of business organizations and nations, particularly on the impact of globalization and the post-colonial societies.

D0013 Organizations and Movements in Futures Studies (2/0)
Which organizations support the work of futurists? Where are they located? What are case studies of successful use of the futures studies approach? Which movements are future oriented (or are they all single issue present based?)

D0014 Technology, Innovation and Learning (2/0)
What are the trends in pedagogy? How can educational systems be more future oriented? What are the case studies to support innovation in education? What will the education system of the future look like?

D0020 Leisure and Working Society (0/2)
Leisure gradually replaced traditional working patterns and become a new lifestyle for future societies. Whether leisure will replace working? Will leisure create more working opportunities? Is leisure only a special working pattern? Those questions will create more discussions.

D0021 Multiculturalism and Population Change (0/2)
What’s multiculturalism? Through global village or local Taiwanese perspectives, this course leads students to explore problems of multi-ethnics, and conflicts of the majority and minority. Meanwhile, we discuss with the result of the coming elderly society and complex patterns and relations of families.

D0077 Eco-Economy and Sustainable Development (2/0)
The core of this course is sustainability, as alternative to economic progress. It is designed to create rooms for constructive debates and provides paths for humanity to guarantee present and futures generations to satisfy their needs.

D0078 Health Futures (0/2)
Critical trends and scenarios are crucial: globalization, the internet revolution, the genetics revolution and the multicultural swing. Either as full blown or emerging issues create health futures that we will be unrecognizable to us.

D0087 Vision and Alternative Futures of Public Policy(2/0)
The evaluation on a governmental policy usually is focused on its implicit and explicit goals. It is not unusual to see some policies are used to achieve certain political interests without comprehensive consideration. A wrong policy imposes great cost on every aspect of the society and should be avoided. This course uses the methodology of Futures Studies-"Vision-Picture-Strategy"- to build appropriate model for policy making and evaluation.

D0088 Designing the Future (0/2)
The course focuses on how to create the future. Design implications in created preferred futures are explored. What is the difference between the good and the perfect society? How can one ensure that one's political and social design is robust and does not close the future.

D0015 Regional Development and Globalization (2/0)
This course examines the impact of globalization on regional development, including national level, Asia-Pacific areas, and the world. Globalization will be emphasized on the impact of multi-national enterprises, labor force migration, industrial clusters, capital interventions and technological innovations.

D0022 Post-colonial Futures Society (0/2)
What are the related issues in post-colonial societies? How to image or adjust the paradox of the post-colonial society? After the trend of economic globalization, the new pattern of division of labor among world’s economic system gradually organized. This course will discuss the new dominant-dependent network of economic, culture, social and politics among nations.

D0079 Biotechnology and Risk Society (2/0)
Adopting theoretical perspectives from risk society, this course intends to explore level of societal realization toward genetic engineering. Public interest, value orientation, and associated attitude are among the focus of issues.

D0080 Network and Information Society (2/0)
Questions and discussions will be the focus of this course. What are the characters of the segmented polycephalous network? What are the Learning Networks? How is the bureaucracy in the future? How are the Social Networks good for the development of the globalization?

D0081 Religion and Civilization Conflicts (0/2)
This course starts with the intertwined relationship between technology and religion. What’s the religion and global consciousness in the future? What is the value of the New-Thought Churches? What are Scenarios for adherents of world religions? What is Religion of Humanity?


A2033 Issues in Futures Studies (2/0)
This course explores problems, trends and emerging issues in futures studies. These include: health futures, developments in genetics, innovation in technology particularly artificial intelligence, demographic changes, military futures, and gender futures.

D0016 & D0017 Proseminar I & II (1/1)
This introductory seminar will serve as a thorough academic orientation for postgraduate students. The focus is to provide necessary skills toward how to become professional futurists.

D0090 Practical Uses of Futures Knowledge (2/0)
The main purposes of the practical application are twofold: to establish research and professional networks with government and business sectors, as well as non-profit organizations; moreover, to create opportunity for student to link futures studies with action learning approach.

D0103 Futures Thinkers and Futures Thinking(2/0)
Futures thinkers and futures thinking approaches the study of the future by analysing futurists. These include academics and activists in the field. The following questions were asked of leading futurists.
1. What are the influences in your work.
2. What methods do you use in your futures studies.
3. What trends do you see creating the future.
4. What is your vision of the future
5. References. The purpose of these questions was to gain insight into each scholar's story in futures studies. The purpose thus is to better understand the theories, values and methods of futures studies by understanding the actors in the field.

D0119 The Trend of Human Resource Management (2/0)
This course will elaborate the futures issues in terms of human resource management. It will also focus on how globalization and glocalization impact the issues in selection criteria, and developing effective global managers.

D0120 China's Economic and Political Change(0/2)
This course is to help students inquire structural elements underling Chinese society. It covers political, economic and social issues which have been long debated. The course depicts the difficulties and opportunities China encounters in the process of modernization.

D0121 Seminar on Global Trend Watch(0/2)
The purpose of this seminar course is to provide students with an understanding of those mega trends or future topics of the new era. It focuses on regional development, global governance, knowledge based economy, innovation and social change. This course applies both theoretical lectures and practical visits.

Multicultural Studies & Organizational Change (2/0)
This course will focus on elaborating the multicultural issues in changing and developing organization. Organization development will energize the talents of individuals within the organization members in the pursuit of their own self-interests on making the organization more successfully and making their quality of working life more satisfying.

D0123 Globalization and Transnational Migration(0/2)
The national state was usually understood as an imaged community with a single people, an undivided loyalty to a common government, and a shared past within this people. Hence immigrants were forced to abandon or deny their ties to their societies of origin. Globalization and transmigrants, however, have greatly changed this situation. Transmigrants construct their simultaneous embeddedness in more than one society and preserve their culture and identity to societies from which they emigrated. This Course attempts to discuss this new phenomenon from various viewpoints like transnationalism, citizenship, methodological nationalism and multiculturalism etc. Some case studies in Taiwan are also included.

D0124 Philosophy of Futures Studies(2/0)
This Course explores the philosophical foundations of futures studies. We examine issues about meaning of planning and possibility of predication. Discussion of these questions througt the writings of contemporary philosophers such as Ossip K. Flechtheim, Max Weber, Jurgen Habermas, Karl Popper and Hans Jonas.

D0125 Applied Ethics(0/2)
This is a seminar on issues concerning applied ethics. Topics include the problem of sexual equality; legitimation crisis of capitalism; biomedical ethics; animal rights and idea of global democracy. We will approach these Topics by examining answers to them provided by contemporary discourse ethics.





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