Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies

34 | SOCIAL WORK THEORIES AND METHODOLOGIES

Duration
03 Jun 2012 - 09 Jun 2012
Language
English
Course directors:
Carmel Byers, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Vito Flaker, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mari Nordstrand, Sor-Trondelag University College, Norway
Katarzyna Pawelek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Course description:

This course seeks to explore the development of social work knowledge and its use in different countries, examining a range of theoretical models and taking into account the significant influence of traditions, culture and politics on the development of diverse models in different countries and on social work as a whole. Previous topics have included: construction of social work identity, risk, assessment and management, measuring success and outcomes, knowledge base in working with diverse groups, ethical dilemmas in regard to management and policies, improving strategies and methods; methods and techniques in different countries, strategies in the climate of austerity.

Social work as a profession and a science is generally located within national frameworks. However in recent decades it has acquired global dimensions, as well as facing both local challenges and being required to operate within national or regional social security systems and policies, the current climate of change has led to social work becoming interwoven with the growing awareness of global issues, movements and their international networks.

This calls for an international, comparative exploration, of the similarities and differences from the perspectives of users, the state and its agencies, the voluntary and independent sector and the social work profession, with the aim of seeking alternative ways of responding to social work in a changing world.

As the title of the symposium suggests therefore, this year's topic will be a comparative study. In order to benefit from the richness of the experience of participants from different countries, a topic will be chosen, supported by a generic case study. This will be sent to participants together with a grid of themes to be addressed from the perspective of a participants' country.

A comparative synthesis would then be presented at the symposium in Dubrovnik. As well as this comparative study, other contributions and presentations on the theme of the symposium would also be welcome.

Participants are invited to respond to the topic and prepare the response in advance.

Suggested reading:

Erath, Peter/Littlechild, Brian (2010) Social Work Across Europe, Ostrava:Eris

Lorenz, W. (2001) ' Social work in Europe – Portrait of a diverse professional group’, in Hessle, S. (ed) International Standard Setting of Higher Social Work Education, Stockholm University, Stockholm Studies of Social Work.

Lorenz, W. (1993) Social Work in a Changing Europe, Routledge, 1993.

Lyons, K. & Lawrence, S. (eds) (2006) Social Work in Europe: Educating for Change, Venture Press, Birmingham.

2012 Organising director:

Katarzyna Pawelek, Faculty of Educational Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland; Phone: + 48 695568266; E-mail: pawelek_katarzyna@wp.pl



A SOCIAL WORK INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL Dialogue in Praxis can be found here.

Course lecturers:
Carmel Byers, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Vito Flaker, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mari Nordstrand, Sor-Trondelag University College, Norway
Katarzyna Pawelek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Attached documents
Abstract
Abstract Dubrovnik 2012
presentation_Laura
IUC_2012_under_arbeid
IUC_presentation_Jim_2012
Rape_and_Defilement_of_Underage_Girls_in_Ghana
Exploring_the_complexities_of_working_in_CP