15 – 21 June 2014   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:

Austerity has become an everyday reality for social workers across the world, faced with a lack of resources new ways of prac-ticing social work need to be found. Com-munity social work has, since the Settle-ment movement and with traditions of Freire, Alinsky and others, always been oriented towards creative solutions for ex-isting challenges. Today, answers are needed to neoliberal tendencies in society, which impose commercialisation and mer-cerisation not only in the social sector, but also in education, culture, health and oth-ers, subverting them from their original mission, to provide efficiency and effec-tiveness, which is mostly measured in fi-nancial terms. The political and economic structures of society tend to be untouchable for ordinary citizens. The priorities of the political oligarchy are visible in their budgets. The social state is defined as an expense that can have its cost reduced.

This year's course will focus on the search for new ways on how to make social as-pects of the community life priorities, not only residuals. Critical and radical social work should be revitalised, updated for the use in present. Elements of the planning process will be examined and ways will be sought to encourage meaningful participa-tion of professionals and citizens within it. Planning and processing the ‘new reality’ could be achieved by a strong and commit-ted civil society movement. It can steer the process of participation in the community and inclusion of people in the creation of responses and away from structures with power. As usual, local professionals will also be important partners in the pro-gramme. Dubrovnik as a city with a strong tradition of community work and commit-ment to develop community responses is an excellent place to learn together.


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.