Nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean in the magnificent Piedmont region of northern Italy, the city of Turin provides an inspiring background to explore the causes and consequences of population change, the debates unfolding in Europe around these issues, and the policies intended to address them.
Immerse yourself in the culture of Turin, Italy, while taking the following three-credit course on European population and policy issues:
Population Controversies in Europe and the US (PAM/SOC 3620)
- Population problems are central to societal change in numerous areas- inequality, immigration and diversity, race relations, family life, health and aging, and social welfare systems. This program explores the causes and consequences of population change, paying particular attention to how population processes interact with the social, economic, and political context in which they play out.
This course is taught in English by Cornell faculty, with guest lectures by English-speaking Italian faculty. The program includes extracurricular activities and excursions in Turin and the Piedmont region. You'll share a room in residential housing near the University of Turin.
The program offers a limited number of partial scholarships determined based on financial need. Students can apply after being admitted to the program.
Sharon Sassler, Professor, Public Policy & Sociology, Cornell University
Sharon Sassler is a sociologist and demographer who studies young adult transitions into school, work, relationships, and parenthood. She received her PhD in sociology and demography from Brown University and joined Cornell in 2005.
Sassler teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in population, family policy, and race and ethnicity. She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, Chair of the Family Section of the American Sociological Association, and winner of the 2018 Goode Book Award.
Matt Hall, Professor, Public Policy & Sociology, Cornell University
Matt Hall is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses broadly on immigration, racial/ethnic inequality, and neighborhood stratification.
In addition to research efforts, Hall teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in demography, immigration policy, and statistics.
Laura Tach, Associate Professor, Public Policy & Sociology, Cornell University
Laura Tach is a sociologist who studies urban poverty and family life. Her mixed-methods research examines how neighborhoods and families reproduce inequality and how public policy affects these processes. She received her PhD in sociology and social policy at Harvard University.
Prior to joining the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, Tach was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
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