Cultural factors in migration process

dr hab. Marcelina Zuber
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)

This course aims at presenting the influence of cultural factors on the processes of adaptation of migrants into the receiving society. It will enable students to understand different theoretical visions and research approaches to cultural diversity.
Its goal is to make students aware of the role specific culture-related factors can play in the process of adaptation of migrants ( norms and values, sign and symbols, language, perception of time, space management, stereotypes and auto-stereotypes). It is to make students aware of the scope of cultural impact and show the impact of culture in various contexts (private/formal/business/diplomatic, etc).
The course will also demonstrate several models of cultural adaptation within the receiving society. It is to get students acquainted with various and often conflicting metaphors and models of cultural adaptation and make them aware of their practical and political consequences. The course will also present the factors responsible for potential culture shock.


1. Assessment of individual student's preparation for the classes and participation in the discussions during the classes (knowledge based on pre-reading, interpretation capabilities, competences for finding and using new concepts and data, capacities of critical assessment of other students' work)
2. Assessment of an oral presentation (15/20 minutes) on the subject related to the themes of the module based on individually selected data and additional readings.
3. Assessment of individual student's research paper based the knowledge presented during the course and on the resources located by the student.


1.    Culture - basic notions and  research approaches.

2.    Cultural differences  - the  notion and research  approaches. 

3.    Values and their role in cultural adaptation.

4.    Role  of values in the  economic activity.

5.    Sign and symbols.  The role of  verbal and non-verbal messages .

6.    Language. Social and  cultural factors in language  communication.

7.    Approaches to time. Dimensions of time.

8.    Space -  culturally shaped approaches to  space. 

9.    Stereotypes  and  auto-stereotypes.  

10. Cultural  adaptation or  acculturation?  Models  and metaphors of cultural  adaptation.

11. Historical and  contemporary controversies  over  cultural adaptation.

12. Minority/majority  cultures; dominant/non-dominant  cultures.

13. Social and  cultural factors responsible for  cultural  adaptation  

14. Culture  shock.