Dr. Linda Groff
POL 338/01--Fall 1996
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA 90747 USA

GLOBAL PLANNING & THE FUTURE

Course Outline:

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO FUTURE STUDIES:

Required Reading:

In Class Examination.

INTRODUCTION to PARTS II & III: Scarcity Versus the Potential for Abundance: The Big Debate Within the Futures Movement

On the debate between the "Scarcity School" and the "Potential for Abundance School" Concerning Our Global, National, & Personal FuturesRequired Handout:

PART II: SCARCITY SCHOOL VIEWS

Based Especially on the Interdependent Global "Megacrisis" Issues of Global Climate, Population, Food, Energy, & Environment.

Required Reading:

Recommended Reading:

In Class Examination.

PART III: POTENTIAL FOR ABUNDANCE SCHOOL VIEWS

Based on Various Factors, Including Technological Breakthroughs (including the Information Revolution and Space Exploration), Societal Transformation, and the Evolution of Human Potential and Consciousness.

Required or Recommended Reading:

In Class Examination.

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PART IV: RESEARCH PAPER & ORAL CLASS REPORT

On a Topic Relating to the Material Covered in the Class --particularly topics relating to:

Group Research Papers must have both a futures and a global focus. They must also cite and use both traditional library sources, as well as online World Wide Web and Internet sources (which can also connect you with national and global groups concerned about your topic). Format for organizing papers will be given to each person, and online formats for typing one's paper into Web Page format will be provided, so that one's research results can be put up on the Web. Field work to groups in the L.A. community involved with your topic are also encouraged as part of the research for your group research papers.

SUMMARY OF COURSE ASSIGNMENTS:

PART I: In-class Exam
PART II: In-class Exam
PART III: In-class Exam
PART IV: Research Paper & Oral Class Report on your Research Paper. (See above comments.)

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