Transnational professionals and their social worlds

Courses in foreign languages at the Faculty

Janusz Mucha

Semester: fall

Key words:

Transnational professionals and their social worlds (print)

Course description:

The aim of this course is to analyse the contemporary transnational “real” and “virtual” communities of highly skilled migrants. Participants of this course, both foreign students and Polish students, either are or intend to be members of these communities. Therefore, the course has both general (theoretical) and practical dimensions.

Based on the recent literature and empirical findings, the instructor and participants will debate on social situations in which university students and graduates work in international research teams, both in academia and in commercial laboratories. They work also in commercial companies as managers and experts. Work worlds and everyday life of transmigrants will be debated. The following topics will be covered during the course.

  • Migration and transmigration. Recent processes of globalisation and migrations. „Proactive” and „reactive” modern and postmodern migration. Highly Skilled Migration (HSM) - historical and present.

  • Educational migration of university students. Erasmus, Smile and other exchange programs.

  • Migrating scientists and other professionals (engineers, managers, physicians, teachers, artists, etc.). Similarities and differences. To what extent is science transnational?

  • Global cities. Creative class. HSM and modernisation. Brain drain and brain circulation.

  • Culture contact in professional life and outsider of work life. Organisational cultures.

  • Social worlds of migrating professionals. Gender and HSM. Family life and HSM. Diasporas of professionals

  • „Homing”. Returns of migrating professional and resulting problems.

  • Poland as a country of emigration and immigration. HSM and Poland.

  • Case studies based on literature and students’ experience.

  • Studying transnational professionals.


  • Alarcon Rafael. 1999. Recruitment Processes Among Foreign-Born Engineers and Scientists in Silicon Valley. “American Behavioral Scientist” 42, 9, pp. 1381-1397.

  • Baruch Yehuda, Pawan S. Budhwar and Naresh Khatri. 2007. Brain drain: Inclinations to stay abroad after studies. „Journal of World Business” 42, 1, pp. 99-112.

  • Chellaraj G, K.E. Maskus and A. Mattoo. 2004. The Contribution of Skilled Immigration and International Graduate Students to U.S. Innovation, “Discussion Papers in Economics,” Working Paper 04-10, University of Colorado, Boulder (CO), pp. 1-42.

  • Chiswick Barry R. and Sarinda Taengnoi. 2007. Occupational Choice of High Skilled Immigrants in the United States. “International Migration” 45, 5, pp. 3-34.

  • Delicado Ana. 2011. The Consequences of Mobility Careers and Work Practices of Portuguese Researchers with a Foreign PhD Degree, in: F. Dervin (ed.), Analysing the Consequences of Academic Mobility and Migration, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 163-179.
    Fontes Margarida. 2007. Scientific mobility policies: how Portuguese scientists envisage the return Home. “Science and Public Policy” 34, 4, pp. 284-298.

  • Kim Dongbin, Lisa Wolf-Wendel and Susan Twombly. 2011. International Faculty:Experiences of Academic Life and Productivity in U.S. Universities. “The Journal of Higher Education” 82, 6, pp. 720-747.

  • Laudel Grit. 2005. Migration Currents among the Scientific Elite. “Minerva” 43, p. 377-395.

  • Leung Maggi. 2011. Of corriidors and chains: translocal developmental impacts of academic mobility between China and Germany. “International Development Planning Review” 33, 4, pp. 475-489.

  • Monteiro Marko and Elizabeth Keating. 2009. Managing Misunderstandings. The Role of Language in Interdisciplinary Scientific Collaboration. “Scientific Communication” 31, 1, pp. 6-28.

  • Mosneaga Ana and Lars Winther. 2013. Emerging Talents? Internatioonal Students Before and After Their Career Start In Denmark. “Population, Space and Place” 19, pp. 181-195.

  • Mucha Janusz and Kamil Łuczaj. 2013. Foreigners in Polish Academic System at the Beginning of the 21st Century. „Polish Sociological Review” 1(185), pp. 113-130.

  • Nedelcu Mihaela. 2008. Internet Diaspora: How Romanian scholars abroad connect home, Working Paper 17/2008, Working papers Series of the Research Network 1989, 20 pages.

  • Ngoma Abubakar Lawan and Normaz Wana Ismail. 2013. The determinants of brain drain in developing countries. „International Journal of Social Economics” 40, 8, pp. 747-754.

  • Niebuhr Annekatrin. 2010. Migration and innovation: Does cultural diversity matter for regional R&D activity. „Papers in Regional Science” 89 (3), pp. 563-584.

  • Piekut Aneta. 2013. You’ve got Starbucks and Coffee Heaven… I Can Do This! Spaces of Social Adaptation of Highly Skilled Migrants in Warsaw, Central and Eastern European Migration Review Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2013, pp. 113–134.

  • Saxenian AnnaLee. 2000. Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Working Paper No. 15, University of California-San Diego. Tanyildiz Zeynep Esra. 2013. The Ethnic Composition of Science and Engineering Research Laboratories in the United Science. “International Migration” DOI 10.1111/imig.12035.

  • Yeoh Brenda S. A. 2013. “Upwards” or “Sideways” cosmopolitanism?
    Talent/labour/marriage migrations in the globalizing city-state of Singapore. “Migration Studies” 1, 1, pp. 96-116.

Grading system:

Activity 20%, presentations 20%, exam 60%.


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