2023-2024 / SPOL2319-1

Methods of futurology and strategic analysis


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (CATANE (OUT))5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (in Science, Technology et Societies (STS))5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (CATANE (IN)), 1st year5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology)5 crédits 


Sébastien Brunet

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Anticipation is a fundamental activity for both private and public decision-makers. Different kinds of anticipation are coexisting in our societies with deep epistemological roots. Prospective as such is a very specific anticipatory approach built in France after the Second World War. 

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the methodology and tools of prospective which are based on interdisciplinarity.

Two parts of the course: 1) ex-cathedra ; 2) participative implementation of a prospective approach. The final goal of this second part is to build a "time capsule".

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Understanding of the key-concepts
Implementation of a prospective approach

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mind mapping, case study and participative and deliberative approach.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face to face

21/09 : Introduction

28/09 : Utopias and industrialisation of thought

5/10 : Creativity

12/10 : Epistemological

19/10 : Acceleration

26/10 : Prospective, foresight and futures studies

2/11 : Methods and techniques

9/11 : Methods and techniques / institutionnalisation

16/11 : Dissertation test

Samedi 26/11 : Working group

            8h30 : welcome « breakfast »

            9h-12h30 : working group

12h30-14h : lunch

14h-16h : working group

16h-16h30 : break

16h30-18h : plenary session

18h : bye bye drinks

Distribution of the groups:

Group 1 : B31 2/92                          Group 5 : B31 Séminaire 9

Group 2 : B31 Séminaire 10             Group 6 : B33 Trifac 1

Group 3 : B31 Séminaire 11             Group 7 : B33 Trifac 2

Group 4 : B31 Séminaire 3

7/12 : deadline

14/12 : Questions/answers and feedback on dissertaion test

Recommended or required readings

- Jean-Luc Guyot et Sébastien Brunet (Eds), "Construire les futurs", Presses universitaires de Namur, 2014.
- Reconvertir la pensée industrielle, Sébastien Brunet (2018), Couleur Livre.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written exam: an essay (4 hours) (75% of the final note).

Three subjects will be offered to students
The written exam will take place for four
hours during which the students will be invited
to address one of the three topics proposed . Evaluation of essays will be based on the following:

1) Logical reasoning - 25%;

2) Mobilizing knowledge - 25% (theoretical references,
links to practical work);

3) Originality of the treatment of the proposed
subject - 25% (links to other courses...);

4) Critical thinking - 25% (ability to distinguish
between judgments of fact and value judgments) .


The work group and the self-assessment will represent 25% of the final note.

Work placement(s)

Institut Wallon de l'Evaluation, de la Prospective et de la Statistique, Route de Louvain-la-Neuve, 2, 5001 Belgrade.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is held every even year (2016-2017,2018-2019,...) 

For 2023-2024 academic year, students are invited to contact Prof. S. Brunet by mail.


Prof. Sébastien Brunet, sebastien.brunet@uliege.be

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