International Social Work

2 – 9 June 2013   print this page

Course directors:

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

Course description:

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.

The course will focus on international aspects of social work. The aim is to familiarize with international dimensions of social work theory and practice, de- and reconstructions of welfare systems and methodological challenges of comparative social work research. Attention will be paid to the mission of social work as a professional system in the globalizing world and its’ opportunities to do in the international job markets. Room will also be given for discussions about the consequences of the tendency to internationalization to social work education.

Course lecturers:

Vito Flaker, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Juha Erkki Antero Hämäläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Akiko Kosaka, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Chandani Liyanage, University of Colombo, Colombia