Landscapes of the Future - PO681

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR C Devellennes checkmark-circle


This module prepares students both to think about the ways in which the landscapes are evolving and being shaped by contemporary developments in technical, scientific, and theoretical fields; and to think about how they want to take part in these developments in their own lives, through professional activity or further study. It will prepare students to think critically about the opportunities and dangers that come with the future, notably through the changes taking place in production techniques (through three-dimensional printing), ecological change and planning, scientific advancements and their impact on the humanities and social sciences (such as quantum theory's challenge to historical studies). By building on bodies of work that have already discussed the potential impact of new technologies and scientific innovations on our understanding of the human, this module will demand intellectual reflection on the potential for change and transformation, with reference to past events and how transformation has occurred to this day. In additional, the module will provide practical guidance on how to think about the student’s own future, whether professionally or for further studies. It will guide students through the possibilities open to them, and give them practical skills to secure an interview and present themselves successfully.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

CV and Personal Statement (10%)
Mock Interview, 3000 words (10%)
Essay, 3000 words (80%)

Indicative reading

Bloch, Ernst. A Philosophy of the Future. New York: Herder and Herder, 1970.
Feuerbach, Ludwig. Principles of the Philosophy of the Future. New York: Hackett, 1986.
Frase, Peter. Four Futures: Visions of Life After Capitalism. London: Verso, 2015.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of technical and scientific advancements which are in the process of changing the landscapes of the future.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how technical and scientific advancements are shaping wider social, cultural, and political landscapes.
3. Show an ability to relate issues of transformation with past historical events and changes.
4. An ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry across disciplinary boundaries.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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