Study programmes for academic year 2018/2019

Foresight for Environment and Development

Faculty Faculty of Science
Study, form, type single-major, full-time, continuing master's
Language of instruction English
Length of study (years) 2
Academic title Mgr.
Estimation of admissions next year 15
Study guaranteed by Machar Ivo, doc. Ing. Ph.D.

Programme description

Foresight can be characterized as the ability to anticipate and plan the future. It should not be understood as a method for foretelling the concrete future but rather as a set of tools for the identification of possible future scenarios that could happen under certain circumstances. The main focus of the Master programme Foresight for Environment and Development are the methods and methodologies for the formulation of possible (alternative) future trends. The aim of the Master programme is to prepare the experts for the research and practice in foresight in institutions of both public and private sector and in international organizations using foresight as a precursor for strategic planning and management. Students will complete a wide range of courses, including methodological courses (quantitative and qualitative research methods, selected prognostic methods), geographic courses (global demographic trends, development geography and globalization development, environmental geography etc.), courses focused on the systems thinking (principles of system and ecosystem thinking, environmental effects of social and technological changes etc.), and environmental courses (global environmental problems, sustainable development, environmental economics etc.).

Graduates’ profile

Graduates of the Foresight for Environment and Development Master programme will be equipped with knowledge and skills for the foresight related job positions in institutions of public and private sectors and in international organizations using foresight as a precursor for strategic planning and management. Graduates will have capacities to work independently on foresight related research or to pursue a doctoral degree after finishing the programme.

Qualification requirements

120 ECTS credits, passing the state final exam, defending Diploma's thesis.

Programme teaching goals

Graduates of the Foresight for Environment and Development Master programme will be capable of applying a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for studying possible futures. They will also acquire knowledge of selected environmental and geographic areas (demographic trends, development geography, environmental geography, future global issues, global environmental problems, environmental economics, sustainable development etc.). Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge for the formulation of future trends and alternative future scenarios for environmental issues and sustainable development at various levels (local, regional, national, international).

Graduates‘ profile

Graduates of the "Foresight for Environment and Development" Master programme will be equipped with knowledge and skills for the foresight related job positions in institutions of public and private sectors and in international organizations using foresight as a precursor for strategic planning and management. Graduates will have capacities to work independently on foresight related research or to pursue a doctoral degree after finishing the programme.

Employability prospect

Due to the fact that the "Foresight for Environment and Development" programme is taught in English, graduates will be able to work not only in the Czech environment, but also in international institutions and companies in which the communication language is English.

Graduating from this study programme equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills for independent professional activity and work for state institutions, local government authorities, international and national non-governmental organizations. According to foreign experience (especially from Finland and the USA), we also expect a strong interest from the business sector, whose success depends to a large extent on the ability to professionally formulate likely, cautionary and desirable future trends.

Possible job positions

Employees of consulting and advisory firms, governmental or non-governmental think tanks, staff of national and international environmental and development institutions, state administration and local government officers, particularly in departments for strategic planning, development and the environment.

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