I'm developing a course on Future Societies. I'm curious re experience of colleagues re the linking of historical materials and reflections on the future, explicitly or implicitly.
The foci will be:
1 Arriving at the present moment: the making of the 21st century
2 The Anthropocene: climate change, biodiversity loss, planetary boundaries, resilience, and deep adaptation
3 Global governance: the nation-state, transnational corporations, and civil society
4 Technology and innovation: Moore's law, the fourth industrial revolution, cultural lags, and institutional challenges
5 Human nature: perception, cognition, social identity, culture, and citizenship
6 Critical literacy: Big data, privacy, individual autonomy, and manufacturing consent
7 Measuring progress: Regenerative capitalism, the circular economy, and doughnut economics
8 Smart cities: population growth, urbanization, imigration, and the meaning of work
9 International security: food insecurity, social instability, and access to natural resources
10 Individual choice/collective action: Carbon footprints, consumption patterns, investment decisions, political engagement, and human rights.