General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Social Mobility. Climbing Up The Social Ladder
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Jakub Isański
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Sociology
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 24-PIE-F-SOM


Lectures are planned on Wednesdays 3 PM at the Department of Sociology AMU, Szamarzewskiego st. 91 building C, room 312

The lecture is planned for 30 hours; the assessment method is based on individual presentations prepared and presented by each student (10 minutes speech: 15 slides, title selected from the list delivered by the lecturer; presentation should contain three parts: 1. Literature review, 2. Case Study Analysis, 3. Discussion and policy recommendations).

Module aim (aims)

Basic knowledge about social and spatial mobility, its causes, and selected consequences.

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



1: Introduction – historical context of forced and voluntary mobility?

2: Theories: modern migration patterns in the 20th century and before - from labor migrants to ’the creative class’.

3: Migration and globalization.

4: Migration, development, and security matters.

5: Migration as a social process – history, the future, and migrants in society – from irregular migration to assimilation processes.

6: Labour migration, brain loss, and brain drain - the case of pros and cons of social capital.

7: Mass society, informational society 

8: The future of migration – questions, doubts, and policy implications. 

9: Case studies on selected migration matters.

10. Conclusions.

Reading list

Becker G.S., 1993. Human Capital. A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis with Special Reference to Education, Chicago and London.

Castles Stephen, Miller Mark, 2009. The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World, ed. Pelgrave MacMillan.

Coleman James S.,1988. Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital, in: The American Journal of Sociology, vol. 94, Supplement: Organizations and Institutions: Sociological and Economic Approaches to the Analysis of Social Structure (1988). 

Goldin I., Cameron G., Balarajan M., 2011. Exceptional People. How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future, Princeton and Oxford. 

Koser Khalid, 2007. International migration: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, New York.

Levitt P., Lamba-Nieves D., 2010. „It’s Not Just About the Economy, Stupid” – Social Remittances Revisited [online], < economy-stupid-social-remittances-revisited> 

Massey Douglas S., Arango Joaquin, Hugo Graeme, Kouaouci Ali, Pellegrino Adela, Taylor Edward J., (2009). Worlds in motion. Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium, International Studies in Demography. Clarendon Press, Oxford. 

McMillin Divya, 2009. Mediated Identities. Youth, Agency&Globalization. ed. Peter Lang.

Portes Alejandro, DeWind Josh, 2008. Rethinking migration. ed. Berghahn Books.

Portes A., Rumbaut R.G., 2006. Immigrant America. A Portrait. Third Edition. Revised, Expanded and Updated, Berkeley, Los Angeles–London.

Roos Ch., 2013. The EU and Immigration Policies. Cracks in the Walls of Fortress Europe?, Hampshire, Basingstoke.