Theoretical Orientation on Mobility

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Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding.The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) anthropological concepts centring around the key terms ‘mobility’,
‘diversity’, and ‘development’.

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(2) frame the research question of their upcoming individual research
projects theoretically.
(3) compose a clear and creative, theoretically grounded, oral or
written argument incorporating the terms mobility, diversity or

Making judgments. The student is able to demonstrate:
(4) a critical and curious aptitude, that is, an eagerness to question
both accepted, scientific explanations and prevalent assumptions about
phenomena that by some actors in society have been defined as ‘societal

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We take up mobility in the broadest sense of the word as a conditioning
and disciplining, but also a productive and enabling process. Mobility
is about migration and exchange taking place on both a local and a
global scale; it can lead to transnational lives and hybridization. The
course is also about social mobility, mobility of goods and ideas, and
mobilities in terms of shifting societal stratification patterns.
Concrete themes of this course could be, for instance: the flow of
aspiring migrants, tourists, refugees, or popstars; the propagation of
ideologies such as Human Rights and Islamic fundamentalism; the spread
of contagious disease; and the circulation of iconic images, songs,
brands, and goods. We will talk about routes, borders, and boundaries,
about fast lanes and slow food.

Mobility and inequality have a mutual impact. Multi-layered mobility
processes make that some agents are better equipped to profit from the
global movement of people, goods, technologies, and ideas than others.
Some groups of people are forcibly uprooted and others, conversely, get
involuntarily stuck. Most persons will face new insecurities emanating
from this mix of diversity, inequality, questions of belonging, and the
challenge of understanding a world that seems in constant flux. Mobility
lays bare the resilience and inventiveness of people confronted with a
continuously changing world.


Lectures and tutorials


Written assignments, a group presentation, and active participation


To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS)


Students in the Master Social and Cultural Anthropology

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

For this course, it is not possible to register for the seminars yourself, the course coordinator sorts you into a seminar. Note: you have to register for the other course elements yourself!

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_TOM
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. F. Colombijn
Examinator dr. F. Colombijn
Docenten L.M. van Deventer MA MSc.
H.B. Ploegman MSc
dr. F. Colombijn

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