General information

Module title Work Across Cultures
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Michał A. Michalski
Lecturer's email mmichal@amu.edu.pl
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
ECTS 4
USOS code 20-KUDU-MA-WCE

Timetable

Module aim (aims)

? acquisition of basics of knowledge about the role of work in individual and social life
? development of orientation in basic concepts within the field of work
? development of experience in analysis of sphere of work through cultural perspective and distinguishing between universal and particular elements of the work process
? development of ability of critical thinking in observing and analyzing current problems within the field of work

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

- general orientation in cultural perspective and its background in the Western scientific history;
- ability to understand and speak English fluently
- ability to participate in a seminar and organize one’s work

Syllabus

Week 1: How Work Works? – Introduction

Week 2: How Culture Works?

Week 3: (From) Nature – (through) work – (to) culture

Week 4: Why Culture Matters?

Week 5: Definitions and Functions of Work

Week 6: Universal vs. Particular at Work

Week 7: Research of the Meaning of Work

Week 8: How Does the Work Change?

Week 9: Work and Anti-Work. Work and Ethics

Week 10: Problems and Dilemmas with Work

Week 11: Future of Work

Week 12: Students' presentations

Week 13: Students' presentations

Week 14: Students' presentations

Week 15: Summary of the course

Reading list

? Gini A., My Job, My Self. Work and the creation of the modern individual. Routledge, New York, London, 2000.
? Ciulla J.B., The Working Life. The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work. Three Rivers Press, New York, 2000.
? Hampden-Turner Ch., Trompenaars F., Riding the Waves of Culture. Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 1993, 1997.
? Harrison L.E., Huntington S.P. (ed.). Culture matters. How values shape human progress. Basic Books 2000.
? Huntington, S. P., The Clash of Civilizations: and the Remaking of World Order, Berksire: The Free Press, 2002.
? Inglehart R., Baker W.E., Modernization, cultural change, and the persistence of traditional values. w: American Sociological Review, February 2000, Vol. 65, No. 1.
? Super D.E., Śverko B., Super Ch.M. (red.), Life Roles, Values, Careers. International Findings of the Work Importance Study. Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1995.