The 3 Curricula of the PhD program

The PhD program in Life Course Research is based on a multilevel teaching structure constructed on three levels:

The frequency modality of educational activities includes both in-person and online teaching, promoting an exceptionally flexible and personalized approach.

The socio-demographic curriculum is characterized by a 1st year of face-to-face teaching in Florence. In the biomedical and psychological curricula, a shorter period of face-to-face teaching is planned.

TD Courses:

  • Summer School on Statistical Methods for Causal Inference
  • Summer School on Academic Writing
  • Winter School on Meta-Analysis
  • Yearly Workshop on PhD Students’ Research Progress Presentation

 CU Courses (in Florence and at the associated Universities):

  • Multilevel and longitudinal research designs for the study of fundamental characteristics of life trajectories across different domains, and how they are shaped by policies and socio-economic context
  • Qualitative approaches to delve into the opportunities and challenges individuals face
  • Social demography for the analysis of contemporary demographic behaviors, from low fertility to family instability, and their implications for the reproduction of social inequalities and the sustainability of pension systems
  • Clinical and etiological studies on early ageing-related diseases, as well as studies on the validation and identification of biomarkers of unhealthy ageing

FD Courses (at the associated universities):

  • Targeted individual training exploiting the variety of substantive and methodological courses available from the scientific consortium of 29 associated Universities
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