2020 Courses

  • Winter Session 2020 course rosters will be available in late September.
  • Summer Session 2020 course rosters will be available in November.

Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

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 class 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. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary debates unfolding in the US and Europe, how population ⿿problems⿝ are defined, and the policies intended to solve them.

Outcome 1: Develop cognitive skill: increase understanding of social scientific perspectives on the causes and consequences of population change. Evaluate models of explanations for population changing, including fertility and family building, migration and immigration, morbidity and mortality, and aging, comparing the United States with European countries, and drawing from approaches in demography, sociology, and economics.

Outcome 2: Evaluate current social and political processes: critically assess existing policies on immigration and immigrant adaptation, family well-being, Poverty, aging, and work-family balance, and develop empirical and cost/benefit tools to evaluate their impacts.

Outcome 3: Collect and analyze data: assignments require use and examination of census data from across different countries, and uses basic descriptive statistical tools.

Outcome 4: Improve professional writing skills: assignments require writing oriented toward professional audiences, including demographic descriptions, a comparative paper, and a policy brief.

Outcome 5: Develop interpersonal skills: group discussions; group-based presentation of supplemental reading increase oral communication and interpersonal relationship skills.

Housing costs included in course fee. Students are responsible for their own food, flight, and obtaining a passport.


Recommended Prerequisites: SOC 1101 or DSOC 1101, and DSOC 2010 or PAM 2030.


Summer 2019: Off campus

Section ID:PAM 3620 001-LEC
Program:Summer Program in Turin
Class dates:June 23-July 12, 2019
Days/times:MTWR 10 AM - 1 PM
Location:Off campus
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Battig von Wittelsbach, K. (keb11)
Hall, M. (msh284)
Sassler, S. (ss589)
Tach, L. (lmt88)
Max. enroll:10
Restrictions:Before enrolling students must contact JRD292 to complete an application and request permission to enroll.
Notes:Contact jrd292@cornell.edu to apply the Cornell in Turin Program.

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