Juha Erkki Antero Hämäläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Dada M. Maglajlic, Bemidji State University, United States
Horst Sing, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
Haluk Soydan, Stockholm University, Sweden
Mari-Anne Zahl, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Social work develops both theory and practice in a given context. Changes in systems, needs, expectations, paradigms and welfare models all influence discussions and directions chosen for the growth and improvement of social work. In this course the interaction between social work and social policies is discussed and problematized. Presentations have a theoretical as well as an empirical base. Each year a special topic is chosen for examination. For the year 2003 the choice is the rather ambiguous phenomenon of self-reliance as it relates to clients and social workers, and the conditions given to self-reliance in the discipline of social work and in social policies in different societies.