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Transmodern Journeys: Futures Studies and Higher Education

  • Ziauddin Sardar
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Abstract

Foresight and futures studies will become increasing important for higher education. Rising uncertainty and complexity will demand interdisciplinary futures oriented solution, and will require students to be equipped with relevant insights and skills to think critically and creatively about the future. Students have to learn to cope with a rapidly changing world where borders of all types are dissolving, everything is connected to everything else, and diversity and pluralism are the norm. This paper argues that universities need to prepare for the future by going beyond modernity and postmodernism to transmodernity and prepare students to move from postnormal times to transmodern futures.

Keywords

Creative Enquiry Civic Virtue Wicked Problem Historic Perception Sustainable Competency 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Editor FuturesLondonUK
  2. 2.School of LawMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

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