1999/2000 ISSUE 2
In the year 1997/98 we initiated the electronic Journal
of Social Work Theory and Practice. This Journal, like the
School of Social Work Theory and Practice, within the Inter-University
Center for Post-Graduate Studies (IUC) Dubrovnik, is service
to the profession. We faced many challenges and obstacles,
and we encountered many wonderful, creative moments. We
learned a lot. Most importantly we learned that all kinds
of partnerships are possible:
- international connections and partnerships re. content of
- international partnerships re. technical editing and design,
- partnerships with and among the colleagues, other faculty
and students after they discovered both, the School and
year throughout the month of June we offer our academic
program, which consists of five courses. Program is offered
in the form of a postgraduate level symposium. Each symposium
hosts some 20 - 25 participants from all regions of the
world, mostly social work faculty, but we are seeing a growing
number of social work students and practitioners. Five very
different, one week, courses/symposia provide continuing
education with special emphasis on international exchange
of the ideas (theory) and experience (practice).Courses
- Social Work and Spirituality,
- Developing Neighborhood and Community Support Systems,
- Social Work with Children and Youth,
- Social Work and Social Policies, and
- Social Work with Juvenile Offenders.
have done well in the past, in spite of the war in the region,
thanks to many colleagues who were actively engaged in our
program during the last 11 years. Also, we had an excellent
additional support from many distinguished colleagues around
the Globe! Under "Commentaries" is a brief reflection
by Mr. Tom Johannesen, CEO and Secretary General of the
International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).
IUC Dubrovnik is a very special, unique Center. We are an
honors program, and a service to science and humanity. The
Center has a small Secretariat. All others are volunteers.
Although we may observe Organizing Directors, Course Directors,
Resource Persons, Evaluators, and Participants, the only
difference is in the amount of work we invest in our program
before coming to Dubrovnik. Once there, we are all engaged
in a very egalitarian, participatory inquiry, an open exchange
of ideas and experience!
IUC was founded almost 30 years ago by a very special group
of scholars, people with a vision. Before the recent war
in the region, Center had over 200 university members all
over the world. The IUC and the City of Dubrovnik are working
on revitalizing all programs, as well adding the new ones.
Two years ago the Dubrovnik International Science and Education
Center (DISEC) was established.
are planning to add three more courses, a set of eight courses
for the School. The new, 6th course is "Social Work
Theories and Strategies" (for more information check
the "News and Information"). In addition, we have
envisioned many different transferable credit courses as
a "one time" offering.
ancient city of Dubrovnik is an important facet of the program.
G.B. Shaw called Dubrovnik "Paradise on Earth".
It is probably the most beautiful open classroom! Famous
explorer Marco Polo was born on the Island of Korcula, at
that time part of the Republic of Dubrovnik. The Republic
of Dubrovnik was independent for over seven centuries. and
maintained excellent diplomatic relations with many well
established states. A lot can be learned from the ancient
- governance of the republic: not as power, rather as public
service with very egalitarian approach to the "noble"
and the "common" people;
- LIBERTAS (freedom) as the symbol, flag, and the anthem
of the Republic,
- first state to make a public statement regarding slavery,
and outlaw it in 1416;
- high quality education for all, promoting knowledge about,
and respect for human condition and human diversity,
- high quality health care and social services (one of the
oldest quarantines in Europe, one of the oldest European
farmacies still in function, one of the oldest orphanages
in Europe), and
- one of the oldest theaters in Europe (Island of Hvar),
- political, legal and cultural activities of the Republic
of Dubrovnik have been preserved in the city archives since
The IUC is well known for its principles, which follow the
best traditions of the ancient Republic of Dubrovnik.
IUC Dubrovnik is an ideal place for many different programs,
but in particular for peace-promoting and/or peace creating.
We invite colleagues from around the world to join our efforts
to promote peace and justice for all and work toward a peaceable
will continue our efforts to promote the IUC Dubrovnik and
the June program in Dubrovnik. This is, and will be our
primary academic program. At the same time we plan to offer
new, additional programs in the Dubrovnik region and on
the Web. There is a growing interest in distance learning,
specially interactive electronic learning. Our journal has
intention to further explore this option.
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for the I.U.C. Journal of Social Work Theory and Practice
is owned by the Social Work Program, Department of Social
Relations and Services, Bemidji State University, Bemidji,
Minnesota, USA. One copy may be made (printed) for personal
use; teachers may make multiple copies for student use if
the copies are made available to students without charge.
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copies of articles or for any commercial use of the material
published in the Journal.