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Mastering social foresight – introduction to the special issue

Roberto Poli (Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Trento, Italy)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 11 May 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is a presentation of the guiding ideas underlining the master degree course in social foresight recently launched by the University of Trento (Italy).

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a reconstruction of the guiding ideas that have been used for designing the social foresight master degree.

Findings

Students are exposed to a mix of contributions from futures studies, the human and social sciences (including psychology of decisions, social change, values and secondary analysis techniques) and mathematics (not only statistics, but also system theory and simulation).

Originality/value

A unique look at the ideas behind the master degree course in social foresight at the University of Trento (Italy).

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Citation

Poli, R. (2015), "Mastering social foresight – introduction to the special issue", On the Horizon, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 81-84. https://doi.org/10.1108/OTH-02-2015-0005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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