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Success or failure? Migrants and social-economic networks in cities 1750-2012


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Success or failure? Migrants and social-economic networks in cities 1750-2012

How can we explain why migration to cities leads to the inclusion or exclusion of newcomers? Why are some groups successful in establishing social and economic networks, and others not? In this course we examine the ways in which migrants and ethnic groups could rely on social, economic and cultural networks and to what extent newcomers had access to urban institutions. The course will include a discussion of the most important and recent theoretical views about ‘open access societies’ and survival strategies of newcomers to explain success and failure, and inclusion and exclusion of newcomers. The course also includes the examination of primary sources on the access of newcomers to urban institutions and their social, economic and cultural networks.

Teaching materials:

  • Literature on migration, social-economic networks, and urban institutions.

  • Course information about assignments and writing a research note.

Course objectives

  • Familiarize with some key debates in the field of migration, socio-economic networks, and urban institutions.

  • Learn how to analyse and contextualise a historical discussion.

  • Learn how to discuss and analyse such a debate succinctly.

  • Learn how examine primary sources.

  • Learn how to write a research note in which primary sources are related to a historical discussion.


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Mode of instruction

Research seminar.

Course Load

Total course load for the course: 280 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 25 hours.

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 30 hours.

  • Time to prepare presentation: 55 hours.

  • Time to write a paper (including reading / research): 180 hours.

Assessment method

  • Participation in class (20%).

  • Presentation research (20%).

  • Research note of 5000 words (60%).


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Timetable and entry note.

  • Announcements and information.

  • Documents and links.

  • Assignments.

Information about the timetable and entry note is announced on Blackboard before the course starts.

Reading list

Reading list is announced on Blackboard.


via uSis.

Contact information

Email: Prof. Dr. L.A.C.J. Lucassen.