General information

Module title Social Mobility - Climbing Up The Social Ladder
Language EN
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Jakub Isański
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor
Faculty Faculty of Sociology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 24-PIE-SOM


Social Mobility, lecture, Fridays 1.15PM-2.45PM, room 108 D at the Faculty of Sociology, Szamarzewskiego street 89/91 D

Module aim (aims)

The aim of this lecture is to present the meaning of the contemporary mobility in its diversity. Various aspects of migration as a social process, its causes and consequences will be presented. In addition to the social, political and economic backgrounds mobility, in the lecture will also focus on particular issues relating to mobility in the academic world. Every lecture will consists of a lecturer’s presentations, discussion and group work on selected cases.

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



1: Introduction – why the contemporary migration matters?2: Modern migration patterns in the 20th century and before - from labour migrants to ’the creative class’.3: Migration and globalization.4: Migration, development and security matters.5: Migration as a social process – history, and the future, and migrants in society – from irregular migration to assimilation processes.6: Labour migration, brain loss and brain drain.7: Mobility in the academic world - pros and cons of being on the move.8: Social capital, ethnic enclaves and ethnic minorities’ associations.9: ICT as a tool to improve the individuals’ mobility.10: International tourism as an example of spatial mobility.11: Intercultural communication in the mobile world.12: Migration in the contemporary developed world - immigrant incorporation in western societies as an example of migration policy.13: The future of migration – questions, doubts and policy implications.14: Case studies on selected migration matters.15: Conclusions.

Reading list

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