Welcome to African Futures

GOG HONS 2016: African Futures

This course introduces students to futures studies as an interdisciplinary field, examines the evolution of the field with reference to its main driving forces, problematizes the lack of futures studies in Africa and gives experience of critically appraising selected futures studies of Africa. The course material, eBooks and videos can all be found using the tabs above.  Links for the course are in the sidebar. Here is my August 2012 TEDxRhodes U talk ‘Africa: Space, Time and Educational Futures.’


Key issues such as sustainable development, climate change, economic growth, the debt crisis all need to be studied within a futures studies context since this is the inter-disciplinary field that problematizes and facilitates our understanding of the futures that await humankind.  Yet futures studies barely exists within the curriculum of African Universities and consequently these issues are rarely addressed here within an academic, intellectual and geographical futures context.  Futures studies offers a suite of methodologies that enable us to develop scenarios and forecasts of Africa’s future geographies.

Key Outcomes:

By the end of the course you should be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the principles and evolution of futures studies;
  • an understanding of future geographies;
  • an ability to make a critical appraisal of selected futures scenarios of Africa at different scales (global, African, national);
  • an appreciation of selected futures tools and methods.


Please feel free to make use of the materials.  The Videos, eBooks and Slideshare are already available on the web.  My Keynote presentations (in Course Material) require attribution for re-use and redistribution as follows: Fox, R.C. 2012. Presentation Name. [Online]. Available: https://africanfutures.wordpress.com/ [date].  Assignments also require attribution: Fox, R.C. 2012. Name of Assignment. [Online].  Available: https://africanfutures.wordpress.com/ [date].

Here’s my brief commentary on using these blogs for teaching: Open Access Teaching: the ‘Roddy’s Courses’ blog.


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