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Although the community is traditionally a place where social work has been established and developed it seems that in recent decades this tradition has faded away. Social workers are less involved in direct work with communities and community development is more a political phrase than a reality. Social workers have to rethink their role in the community, especially when it comes to the questions of solidarity, principles of participation, empowerment, respecting human rights and personal dignity. The aim of the course is to create an open place for discussions and expertise, which can encourage social workers to reclaim ethical community work.
The course is an integral part of Social Work School of Theory and Practice designed for social work professors, and students, but also practitioners and service-users. Combined in an open fortmat with other social work courses at IUC we look at transversal topics that cut across specific topics of the courses. This year we will address the issues of: Social work as the anti-colonialist practice and
Participants are encouraged to contribute either in the form of a paper, workshop or any other appropriate means of presenting. The pattern of the courses is flexible and will be collaboratively determined at the outset of a symposium.
The programme is offered at postgraduate level. Advanced, highly motivated undergraduate students are accepted with at least one letter of reference. The language of the school is English.