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54905-01 - Seminar: Mapping Futures 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Charlotte Akers (charlotte.akers@unibas.ch)
Manfred Max Bergman (max.bergman@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt We are living in challenging and interesting times, and the social sciences ought to exert greater efforts to understand, even deal with contemporary and future challenges and opportunities. However, most social scientists are uncomfortable dealing with the future. We are most at ease when we are called upon to explain the past, somewhat at ease with explaining current trends (mostly by referring to the past), but we are highly reluctant to deal with the future. If we do, we tend to extrapolate past trends into the future, which has often led to embarrassing failures. Speculating about future trends is left to others, mainly politicians, religious leaders, business leaders, and technology developers. Interestingly, these actors not only have to deal with, but they also participate in shaping the future. Considering the arsenal of theories and methods at our disposal, it is surprising that we are not part of this conversation.

It is time to explore the future from a social science perspective, especially considering that we find ourselves in the middle of large-scale geopolitical power shifts that are affecting all individuals, relationships, and institutions in ways that parallel the industrial and digital revolutions.

In this seminar, we will explore a selection of themes that are at the forefront of important studies on future trends, such as migration, robotization, fiscalization/monetization, climate change, or population growth. These themes will be connected to areas of study, such as health, education, work, or mobility, and they will be localized in a specific geographic region. Thus, the seminar may explore societal effects of climate change on health in the Sahel, or the social consequences of monetization of university education in Basel. The focus and themes of the seminar will be negotiated with the participants at the first meeting. As part of the seminar, we will practice the sociological imagination about the future based on existing forecasts.
Most predictions about the future turn out to be incorrect, but we can rest assured that things will not stay the same. Social scientists ought to practice their theories and methods on important societal issues that transcend the past because we have important contributions to make in shaping our future.
Lernziele The participant
- will be exposed to future trends,
- will explore how future trends will affect individuals, groups, regions, and societies differently, and
- will explore how a social science perspective can contribute to recognizing challenges, solutions, and even opportunities.
Literatur National Intelligence Council (2017). Global Trends: Paradox of Progress. Washington DC: Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (www.dni.gov/nic/globaltrands)

Schwab, K. (2016). The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Geneva: World Economic Forum. (https://luminariaz.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-2016-21.pdf)
Bemerkungen The seminar will be held in English.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 20.02.2019 – 29.05.2019
Zeit Mittwoch, 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 20.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 27.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 06.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 13.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Mittwoch 20.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 27.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 03.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 10.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 17.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 24.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 01.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Tag der Arbeit
Mittwoch 08.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 15.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 22.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Mittwoch 29.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Module Modul: Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Wirtschaft, Wissen und Kultur (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Presentation or short essay (pass/fail)
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Soziologie