45 / SOCIAL WORK AND SPIRITUALITY


26 June – 2 July 2011   print this page

Course directors:

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


Course description:

This year we will discuss about meaning of social work in practice and spirituality as individual and social ethical responsibility. Spirituality or the human ability to make meaning out of our experiences of life is at the same time a very personal and "sympathetic" - i.e. social responsible - challenge. Ethics on the other side has to do with how a human collective/society is able to find a common denominator for the personal spirituality/mentality and the social sustainability of these different trials to realize a meaningful life. The challenge for SW is then to mediate between social ethics and personal spirituality. Social workers should be aware of ethics while they are working. However, this ethics should not neglect individuality of spiritual progress of each social worker. How to mediate between social ethics and personal spirituality? How to integrate two opposite but equally relevant characteristics while doing active social work in our societies?


Course lecturers:

Jörg Zeller, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Lennart Nörreklit, University of Aalborg, Denmark