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Migration and mobility
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Study level:
Second-cycle studies
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Profile of education:
Academic and practical
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Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
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Responsible teacher:
prof. Skaptadóttir Unnur Dís (
Academic teachers:
prof. Skaptadóttir Unnur Dís (
Module summary

Diveristy in modern societies; nation and nationalism; migration – transnationalism; gander, migration and integration; racism – neo—rasism – antiracism; refugees – asylum seekers

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 appreciates the importance of diversity in modern society SO2A_K06 Activity during classes
M_U001 knows how to analyze the phenomenon of migration and mobilityin modern societies SO2A_U01, SO2A_U02 Report on completion of a practical placement,
Execution of a project,
Activity during classes
M_W001 has the knowledge of various aspects of migration SO2A_W01, SO2A_W02 Test
M_W002 understands the idea of transnationalism. SO2A_W01, SO2A_W02 Test,
Activity during classes
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Social competence
M_K001 appreciates the importance of diversity in modern society + - - - - - - - - - -
M_U001 knows how to analyze the phenomenon of migration and mobilityin modern societies + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W001 has the knowledge of various aspects of migration + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W002 understands the idea of transnationalism. + - - - - - - - - - -
Module content
  1. Introduction to the course

    Key concepts and topics presented. Group formed and students sign up for articles (days) they are responsible for discussion (participation in class).

  2. Diversity in modern societies

    Baumann G. (1999) The Multicultural Riddle. Rethinking National, Ethnic and Religious Identities. New York: Routledge. Chapters: 5, 8 nad 9.
    Grillo R. (2007). An excess of alterity? Debating difference in a multicultural society. Etgnic and Racial Studies 30(6): 979-998.
    Vertovec, S. (2007). Super-diversity and its implications. Ethnic and Racial Studies 30(6)1024-1054.

  3. Nation and Nationalism

    Eriksen Ch. 6: Nationalism p. 117-146.
    Eriksem Ch. 7: Minorities and the state. p. 147-173
    Article about Polish nationality will be added here.

  4. Migration – Transnationalism

    Glick Shiller, N. (2003). The Centrality of Ethnography in the Study of Transnational Migration. Seeing the Wetland Instead of the Swamp. In N. Foner (ed.) American Arrivals. Anthropology Engages in New Immigration. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.
    Skaptadottir, Unnur dis and Anna Wojtynska (2008) Labour Migrants Negotiating Places and Engagements. In Baerenholdt J. O. and Granas B. (ritsj.) Mobility and Place. Enacting Norhern European Periphery. Aldershot: Ashgate.
    Madianou, M. and D. Miler (2011). Mobile phone parenting: Reconfiguring relationships between Filipina mifgrant mother and their left behind children. New Media & Society, 13(3) 457-470.
    Wojtynska, A. (2012. Polish workers in the capital area of Iceland, in: Sveinn Eggertsson and Asa G. Asgeirsdottir (eds.), Pjodarspegillnn. Rannsoknir i felagsvisindum XIII, Univeristy of Iceland.
    Extra reading:
    Kings, T., A. Bobek, E. Moriarty, J. Salamonska, J. Wickham (2013). Polish Migration to Ireland" “Free Movers” in the New European Mobility Space. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(1):87-103.

  5. Gender migration

    Mahler, Sarah J. / Pessar, Patricia R. (2006) Gender Matters. Ethnographers Bring Gender form the Periphery toward the Core of Migration Studies. International Migration Review, 40 (1), pp. 27-63.
    Unner Dis Skaptadottir and Anna Wojtynska (2008). Gendr Migration from Poland to Iceland. Women’s Experiences. In Dorota Golańska, Aleksandra M. Różalska (ritstj.) New Subjectivities: Negotiating Citizenship in the Context of Migration and Diversity. Lodz: University of Lodz Publishing House.
    Fekete, L. (2006). Enlightened fundamentalism? Immigration, feminism and the Right. Race & Class 48(2): 1-22.
    Anthias, Floya. (2012). Transnational Mobilities, Migration Research and Intersectionality. Nordic Journal of Migration Research 2(2): 102-110, DOI:10.2478/v10202-011-0032.

  6. Presentation of projects
  7. Racism – Neo-racism – anti rasism

    Eriksen T.H. (2010) p. 5-9.
    Gullestad, Marianne (200). Normalising racial boudaries. The Norwegian dispute about the term neger. Social Anthropology, 13(1):27-46.
    Bunzl, Matti (2005). Between Anti-semitism and Islamophobia: Some Thoughts on the New Europe. American Ethmologists, 32(4):499-508.
    Skaptadottir, Unnur Dis and Kristin Loftsdottir. (2009). Cultivating Culture? Images of Iceland, Globalization and Multicultural society. Images of the North: History – Identities – Ideas. Amsterdam Studies on Cultural Identity. Amsterdam: Rodope.

  8. Refugees – asylum seekers

    Ticktin, M. (2006). Where ethics and politics meet: The violence of humanitarianism in France. American ethnologist, 33(1), 33-49.
    Imbrahim M. (2005) The Securization of Migration: A Racial Discourse. International Migration 43(2): 163-187.
    Hamit Athwal og Jenny Bourne (2007) Driven to despair: asylum death in the UK. Race & Class 48(4): 106-114.

  9. Final test
Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 100 h
Module ECTS credits 4 ECTS
Participation in lectures 30 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 22 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 22 h
Preparation for classes 22 h
Diploma thesis preparation 4 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

Participation in class (20%) Besides general discussion in class each student is responsible for two articles for creating a discussion about the reading along with other students. In the first week students sign up for the day they are responsible for summarizing an article form the reading list and bring two questions for discussion.
Assignments (30%) Student alone or with another student does a 30 minute interview with a relative or friend about a theme that has to do with the readings of the course. Talk with someone for example what it means to be Polish. Has this changed etc. Or you could discuss with them about Poles migrating to other countires or immigrants moving to Poland. In the presentation in class students tell how it relates to some subjects of the course.
Test (50%) The exam is from all the course material in last day of class.

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