17 – 23 June 2012   print this page

Course directors:

Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Juha Erkki Antero Hämäläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Horst Sing, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
Riitta Helena Vornanen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

Course description:

2012 Symposium:

Reconnecting the Global and the Local?: Social Policies, Social Work and Social Development in an Unequal World

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.

Along with the Global agenda on social work and social development which was drafted in 2010, a number of international organisations have campaigned together in the ‘Social Protection Floor Initiative’. Through the initiative, developing and developed countries will be urged to address four key themes: the provision of a minimum income for all, an income for children, a social pension, and access to social services. As a response to the global economic and financial crisis, and the continuing growth of inter- and intra-country inequalities in wealth, power, and participation, the agenda and the initiative offer the possibility of going beyond residual approaches to social policy, and to address financing, capacity, and political will for a renewed commitment to social protection as a key to sustainable development. The course asks: What are the challenges posed by the initiative, and by more general debates in global social policy, at regional (supranational), national, and local levels? How can innovations at the local level be scaled up to have maximum impact? What are the social dimensions of the Europe 2020 agenda and how can other regional blocs develop a progressive social protection agenda? How can social and environmental challenges be integrated into a more progressive social agenda? How can the social floor initiative connect with the Global Agenda and also learn from the problems of ensuring that the UN Millennium Development Goals are met? The course encourages broad reflections from teachers, researchers and practitioners on the importance of connecting and reconnecting the global and the local in social policy and social work.

This year’s course will run in a parallel manner with Developing Neighbourhood and Community Support Systems course.

2012 Organising directors:

Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia

email: pstubbs@eizg.hr , telephone +385 1 23 62 239


Riitta Vornanen, University of Eastern Finland Kuopio, Finland

Email: riitta.h.vornanen@uef.fi , telephone +358-17-162 648

The participants are invited to read:




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

Course lecturers:

Siniša Zrinščak, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Riitta Helena Vornanen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Brigitta Zierer, FH Campus Wien, Austria
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Bob Deacon, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Barrie Carl Levine, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Ela Tollkuçi, Universiteti Mesdhetar i Shqipërisë, Albania

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 – 11.30

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

Continuity and Change: Lessons from the Scottish Poor Law

12.00 – 13.30

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

Europe 2020 and Croatian Social Policy



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 (MA students, Dept. of Applied Social Sciences, University of Applied Science Erfurt, Germany)


15.00 – 17.00

Optional slot for further discussions