The Social Work and Social Policies course focuses on the relationship between social work and social policy, with a particular emphasis on comparative, regional and global dimensions. It has traditionally explored the relationship between different welfare state and social policy models and their implications for social work. The course brings together experienced and beginning practitioners, activists, researchers and teachers to explore the contemporary challenges facing social work and social policy in different parts of the world.
How to finance social care services? Who is responsible for financing sufficient social welfare? Do for-profit activities threaten the professional identity of social work? What is the position of social work in between privatization and the public sector? Welfare mix is discussed from the point of view of economics, politics, ethics, social legislation, and professional strategies of social work. Attention is paid especially to consequences of privatization of social care services to professional social work in theory and practice in the light of experiences from different individual countries.
Participants are welcome to focus on single country experiences, on comparative work or on wider issues such as the role of regional bodies like the European Union. We particularly welcome reflection from countries in transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union where some of the impacts of the crisis have been most profound.