Course Description



101 Introduction to Futures Studies 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course is an overview of the field of Futures Studies. Emphasis is placed on identifying and analyzing trends which impact the world on an anthropological, political, technological, sociological, and environmental level. Topics include strategies and planning for successful participation in society. In addition, students explore ways to create a more just, sustainable and equitable world for future generations. This course is designed for all students interested in exploring possible, probable and preferable futures. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

102 Creating Futures: Methods and Tools 3 hours lecture, 3 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; Futures Studies 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a survey of the methods and tools used within the field of Futures Studies. Emphasis is placed on scanning, trend analysis and trend projection, visioning, gaming, and strategic planning. Students are encouraged to envision probable, possible and preferable futures, while considering the effects of their personal futures on the futures of their local and global environment. This course is intended for students interested in the practical applications of Futures Studies. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

103 Emerging Technologies 3 hours lecture, 3 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; Futures Studies 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course examines the intersection of technology and the future. Students identify state of the art developments in emerging technologies and examine how technologies can aid us in the pursuit of a more just, equitable and sustainable future world. Emphasis is placed on the impact of communication technologies, biotechnologies, and emerging energy technologies on the future of society. Students track trends in specific areas of interest and use futures studies methods and tools to forecast possible, probable and preferable futures. This course is intended for anyone interested in Futures Studies and emerging technologies. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

250 Field Experience in Futures Studies 1-3 hours lecture, 2-6 hours other, 1-3 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Futures Studies 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
Students in this course develop and implement field experience projects under the supervision of college faculty. In cooperation with the staff of community organizations and agencies, students design these projects to assist the college’s neighborhood communities. Students gain hands-on experience in project planning, development, implementation and evaluation. Students meet regularly with faculty and peers to receive feedback, support and guidance in their community projects. This course is intended for students interested in Futures Studies. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.