Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


08 Jun 2014 - 14 Jun 2014
Course directors:
Juha Erkki Antero Hämäläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Riitta Helena Vornanen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Course description:

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, move-ments 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.

In Dubrovnik symposia we can benefit from the richness of the experience of participants from different countries. We shall explore possibilities of conducting comparative research in social work and its possibilities to bring information and solutions for developing social work and social policy in international and national contexts. And also, how the results of comparative research could be applied, what the role of comparative research is in social work science and what are the possibilities of ‘travelling knowledge’.

Suggested reading:

Erath, P. & Littlechild, B. (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.


Those interested in taking any of the courses may register with the IUC secre-tariat, school organising director, course organising director and/or any of the course directors by providing name, address, academic standing and affiliation.

2 ECTS are awarded for participation, 5 ECTS for participation with active partici-pation (slides or abstract), 10 ECTS for active participation and published report and 15 ECTS for active participation and a published reviewed academic article. ECTS are awarded and certified by course directors. However, it is the participants’ responsibility to make the arrangements with the home establishment for validation of the credits awarded if such an arrange-ment does not already exist.

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