General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Work Across Cultures
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Michał A. Michalski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30


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


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.