Ageing society and Social Work

Program code

Program Duration
7 days

June 29th – July 7th 2015


200 € (fee includes the registration to the EASSW conference)


Ageing society and Social Work

Challenges and solutions from three continents


The summer school is at its third edition and involves students from Italian universities (belonging to Social Work degree courses of Milano Bicocca and Calabria), from the Loyola University of Chicago (US) and the Huazhong Agriculture University di Wuhan (China). The school will discuss problems arising from a rapidly ageing population and its potential impact on social services, comparing different realities. It also considers issues about food and nutrition.The program includes participation at the biennial conference of the European Association of Schools of Social Work that will be held in the same days at the University of Milan Bicocca. The overall aim is to enhance students’ competences and knowledge on social work with elderly in a comparative perspective.

The program that is hosted by the Milano Bicocca Social Work Degree Course delivery includes lectures from scholars coming from US, Italy and China, student work group and field visit to services in Milan dedicated to elderly .

Topics covered

  • Basic theoretical frameworks of ageing population worldwide
  • Social Work issues dealing with ageing population
  • Social policies definition and implementation in different countries and how they support or impede Social Work actions in enhancing elderly people’s wellbeing
  • Social work commitment toward elderly in different countries
  • Social Work as a world-wide issue and mutual learning from other countries’ methods and techniques.

Program Coordinator

Annamaria Campanini

External Partners



Application Deadline

20th April 2015 / 2nd call for application is open! New deadline 15th May


Students not belonging to partner universities can be admitted, in maximum number of 10.
Having a social work bachelor degree and English proficiency is a strict requirement. Master degree in social work and previous experiences in the field (as professional or as a scholar) will be preferred. Within these criteria student from China will be favored.

For further information, Contact:

Caring for water, caring for life Bicocca Summer School
Expo 2015 Università per EXPO 2015 Comune di Milano

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ESN ESN Bicocca

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