History of the Future

Study the origins of futurism and examine how societies attempt to predict the future despite uncertainty. Draw upon the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, and information technology to investigate current trends in these fields and discover the possible contours of tomorrow's global society. Trace the cultural assumptions that underlie failed predictions such as flying cars, household nuclear power, lunar colonies, and the eradication of poverty. Investigate the social, political, and scientific limitations that prevented their emergence. Examine current predictions about climate change, developing nations, international resource conflicts, overpopulation, debt, and the future of democracy.

Related Terms and Locations: 
Term 1 (June 9–29)
Duke University East, NC
Term 2 (July 7–27)
Duke University East, NC
Term 2 (July 7–27)
Rice University, TX
Summer Studies Program: 
Center Verbal