15 – 21 June 2014        Send to printer

Course directors

Sabina Hadžibulić, Abo Akademi University, Vaasa, Serbia
Ksenija Napan, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Lennart Nörreklit, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Jörg Zeller, University of Aalborg, Denmark

Course description:

The 2014 Symposium will focus on practical examples of exploring spirituality in everyday social work practice. The method for this exploration will be the Academic Co-creative Inquiry and participants (students and teachers) will co-create the content and the process of the course. We will focus on the following questions as a starting point and create many new questions to be explored in participants’ everyday practice: How beliefs impact our social work practice? What is spiritual respectfulness and how it manifests in everyday social working? What makes our heart sing? How pain and suffering can be transformed through co-creative processes into bringing forth the world? What is relational spirituality? As this course is going to be co-created by all participants our inquiry questions will be decided on the first day through collaboration and consen-sus.

2014 lecturers: The course will be co-created by participants by giving presentations, creating learning processes, inquiring, exploring … the spirit of inquiry and lifelong learning will be in action. Ksenija Napan will have an introductory lecture.

Course programme: The process will be highly interactive combining presentations, experiential activities, small group discussions, inquiry processes and field trips. Full attendance is expected from all participants for a whole symposium.

2014 Special features or requirements: Reading John Heron’s book: Participatory Spirituality-a farewell to authoritarian religion, (2006) would be an advantage but not a requirement.


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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