On Teaching Futuristics: Utopian Thought and Non-traditional Students

by Arthur B. Shostak

Introduction

As a longtime teacher of college-credit courses in futuristics I have had to confront two special challenges: First, inclusion of material about utopia, a subject many students meet with scorn. And second, the presence in class of working-class men and women, many of whom are fatalistic, and generally less well informed than they might wish. I have learned much of value confronting these two challenges, and I share below some insights of possible value to others drawn to help futuristics enlarge its place and standing in the Academy. (continue…)

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