Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


International Social Work
02 Jun 2013 - 09 Jun 2013
Course directors:
Juha Erkki Antero Hämäläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Horst Sing, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Riitta Helena Vornanen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Course description:

The Social Work and Social Policies course is a part of the annual School of Social Work Theory and Practice in Dubrovnik, Croatia. As its title suggests, its main focus is 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.

The course will focus on international aspects of social work. The aim is to familiarize with international dimensions of social work theory and practice, de- and reconstructions of welfare systems and methodological challenges of comparative social work research. Attention will be paid to the mission of social work as a professional system in the globalizing world and its’ opportunities to do in the international job markets. Room will also be given for discussions about the consequences of the tendency to internationalization to social work education.

Course lecturers:
Juha Erkki Antero Hämäläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Akiko Kosaka, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Chandani Liyanage, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Vito Flaker, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Attached documents
Akiko Kosaka - Searching for a middle path in 21st century
Barbara Perasović - Hollaback Social movement
Chandani Liyanage - Social Work in Extreme Health Hazards
Jörg Zeller - Experiences of powerlessness
Ole Riis - Spirituality in social work in a secularized context
Vito Flaker - Power and powerlessness in taxonomy of social work
Juha Hamalainen - Cross national Research of Social Work
Mirjana Mikić - New ethnic minorities in Europe