17 – 23 June 2012   print this page

Course directors:

Nino Žganec, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Vera Grebenc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ronald Lutz, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany
Reima Ana Maglajlić, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, United Kingdom

Course description:

2012 Symposium:

Can global be meaningfully local and political? Social work, community development and the Global Agenda

Although the community is traditionally a place where social work has been established and developed it seems that in recent decades this tradition has faded away. Social workers are less involved in direct work with communities and community development is more a political phrase than a reality. Social workers have to rethink their role in the community, especially when it comes to the questions of solidarity, principles of participation, empowerment, respecting human rights and personal dignity. The aim of the course is to create an open place for discussions and expertise which can encourage social workers to reclaim ethical community work.

Global agenda on social work and social development was drafted during 2010, and stipulates engagement with local, national, regional and global bodies. However, the role of supranational bodies such as UN, World Bank, the international development organisations, national governments and local communities on social welfare is neither straightforward nor simple. The course invites papers that explore this complex relationship - particularly from the perspective of reclaiming social work as a political action, as stated in the draft Global Agenda. It will also explore the meaning of global initiatives and activism such as "Arab spring", "European Summer" or "Occupy"

movement for the role of social work in achieving community development and social justice.

This year course will run in a parallel manner with Social work and social policies course.

The participants are invited to read the Agenda:


2012 Organising director:

Reima Ana Maglajlić, Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, Hungary

Email: rea.mag@gmail.com

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

Course lecturers:

Vera Grebenc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Reima Ana Maglajlić, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, United Kingdom
Kerry Cuskelly, Public sector Health, Ireland
Ann Dill, Brown University Providance, Rhode Island, United States
Marlene Bock, University of Applied Sciences, Kiel, Germany
Tilo Fiegler, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany
Mark Lawrence, Bemidji State University, United States
Jessulat Nancy, University of Erfurt, Germany

Work Schedule:

MONDAY 18 June

10.00 – 11.30 (45 minutes lecture; 45 minutes discussion)

Bob Deacon (Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, UK)

The Social Protection Floor (SPF): What price global consensus?

12.00 – 13.30 (as above)

Paul Stubbs (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia) and Rea Maglajlić (Research and Monitoring Director, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Budapest, Hungary)

The Transnational Politics of Social Work in Post-Conflict and Transition Contexts – reflections from South East Europe

15.00 – 17.00 (Small Groups - Round Table Discussions)

Social Policy and Social Development


10.00 – 11.30

Ann Dill (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Brown University, USA)

Case Management: From Access to Rationing

12.00 – 13.30

Mark Lawrence (Professor of Geography, Bemidji State University, USA)

An extra blade of grass: climate change, displacement and social justice in Kenya

15.00 – 16.20

Tilo Fleger (Dept. of Applied Social Sciences, University of Applied Science Erfurt, Germany)

The Social City programme and the part of promotion of health in practice

Marlene Bock (Professor, Dept. of Applied Social Sciences, University of Applied Science Erfurt, Germany) Promotion of Health – Theory and Practice

16.30 – 17.30

Brigitta Zierer (Professor, University of Vienna, Austria, Department of Social Work and Social Economy)

Social Work and Social Economy in Austria


10.00 – 11.00

Barry Levine (Lecturer, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)

Continuity and Change: Lessons from the Scottish Poor Law

11.15 – 12.15

Siniša Zrinščak (Professor of Social Policy, University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Paul Stubbs (Institute of Economics, Zagreb)

Europe 2020 and Croatian Social Policy

12.30 – 13.30

Susanne Paton (MA Social Work Student, University of Erfurt)

Capacity Building and Community Development



10.00 – 11.30

Vito Flaker (Professor of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Direct Social Work

12.00 – 13.30

Kerry Cuskelly, MA (Mental Health Social Worker, HSE, Ireland and SWAN Ireland)

Title to be announced

15.00 – 17.00 (Small Groups – Round table Discussions)

Social Work and Activism

FRIDAY 21 June

10.00 – 11.30

Riitta Vornanen (Professor, University of Eastern Finland Kuopio, Finland)

How does social work relate to social policy? The limits and possibilities of professional social work

12.00 – 13.30

Nancy Jessulat, Eva Weisenberger, Anna-Maria Zentgraf and Inkje Sachau (MA students, Dept. of Applied Social Sciences, University of Applied Science Erfurt, Germany)

Urban Development and Urban Planning Through Citizens' Movement".

15.00 – 17.00

Optional slot for further discussions