2002/2003 ISSUE 5
will briefly explore four facets of the rich tapestry created
in association with the IUC Dubrovnik School of Social Work
Theory and Practice. These are:
- Journal content,
- New collaborative effort,
- Potential future developments, and
- Learning by doing and learning by travel.
The fifth Issue
of the electronic Journal of Social Work Theory and Practice
contains eight articles that were presented as lectures at
three different courses/symposia during the years 2000 - 2002:
- Social Work and Spirituality - 2000 (Terry Sacco),
- Social Work and Social Policy - 2000/01/02 (Horst Sing;
Juha Hamalainen and
MariAnne Zahl; Juha Hamalainen and Esko Kalevi Juntunen respectively),
- Social Work with Juvenile Offenders - 2000/01 (Suncana Kusturin,
Antun Ilijas, Kreso
Makvic; Ksenija Butorac and Snjezana Salamon respectively).
In our opinion
the content provides a good transition between the fourth
issue and the ones that will follow. The fourth issue focused
primarily on "working with children", while the
fifth one covers issues related to the same topic as well
as working with families. The social dynamic, social and global
context within which we frame our theory and different models
of practice will also be included
As a team, we
spent several years exploring all relevant issues related
to the "Electronic Academy" project. One issue was
quite clear from the start: if we are to collaborate, than
indeed let us collaborate at all levels and as related to
all components of the proposed project, including the Journal.
Several schools/universities expressed interest in doing so,
but Dr. Mari-Anne Zahl presented strong, sincere determination
and preparedness to take upon herself not just the Editor's
duties, but also to explore other facets described in the
There is a strong,
very precious connection between the IUC Dubrovnik - Croatia
and Norwegian universities. Professor Orjar Oyen, University
of Bergen served as the IUC Director General during the most
successful pre-war period as well as during the recent war
in former Yugoslavia. He continues to be an active ambassador
for and creative contributor to the IUC. The Norwegian University
of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim is a long-term
member of the IUC. Dr. Mari-Anne Zahl has been a long-term
associate since our first academic offering in 1989/90. Since
1998/99, Dr. Zahl has served as Organizing Director for the
Course Social Work and Social Policy.
As of this year,
two issues of the journal will be prepared. The Fall Issue
of the IUC Journal of Social Work Theory and Practice will
be prepared at BSU, while the Spring Issue will be prepared
at the NTNU. Dr. Mari-Anne Zahl will coordinate all activities
in Trondheim and serve as a Chief Editor of the spring issue.
Thus, at this
point we have the three websites directly related to the School:
- Since 1989
we have had the BSU website for the Journal, initiated by
Professor Dada M. Maglajlic', and jointly coordinated by Dr.
Maglajlic', Dr. Burt Galaway and Dr. Glen Richgels.
- Since 2000
we have also had the "spirituality and social work"
website; Dr. Craig Rennebohm from Seattle, USA, provides financial
support while creative work is provided by Mr. Claus B. Wagener
in Berlin, Germany. Prof. Dr. Michael Striebel from Bregenz,
Austria and Prof. Terry Sacco from the SAR are the most engaged
with the content. The website has a forum that is open to
- As of Spring
2003 we will also have the Trondheim, NTNU site and we welcome
both: the new site and a new collaborative team in Norway.
The original "Electronic
Academy" project is part of the third issue of the Journal.
We plan to return to the original proposal and explore other
components. Over the next few years we would like to focus
in particular on the development of the "virtual center
for peace; a responsive and responsible citizenship".
After that, we would like to revisit the creation of a set
of courses related to the IUC Dubrovnik School offered either
as a one time special offering or as a permanent course linked
to the IUC program through its content and/or collaborative
More than before,
we plan to embrace students as very active collaborative participants.
Different components of "learning by doing" will
be implemented throughout the year, emphasizing our effort
as teachers to prepare students for:
- The job market,
- Graduate and postgraduate studies, and
- Global citizenship (how to think globally and act
locally as responsive and responsible citizens).
At this point
in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Norway, SAR and the US, faculty,
practitioners and students will work together preparing different
components of the E-program. With time, we would like to expand
our network by developing new E-posts.
For the time being,
the E-mode presents an easy, quick and cheap opportunity to
connect and learn. Learning through travel though, is an extremely
important, badly needed addition. "See more, be more"
takes us as to the "Back to the Roots" proposal,
briefly described under the "News and Information"
section of the Journal. Quality liberal education presents
in these trying times the most important component of the
higher education linked directly to three modern requirements:
- The most recent high-quality information & up-to-date research,
- Mindful adaptation to high speed, permanent changes and
- Ongoing, lifelong learning.
to the Roots" program will explore the Mediterranean
Region as the cradle of Western Civilization. Lectures (for
the most part staged at the IUC and/or other educational institutions
in the ancient city of Dubrovnik) combined with travel and
direct exploration will help us understand better who we are,
where we come from, where we stand and - most importantly
- which direction to take in/for the future.
As we encourage
our students to do the research and coach them to share findings
by presenting at the different levels, including presenting
at the postgraduate level within the IUC Dubrovnik School,
we are giving our contribution to the standards mentioned
above. Participatory, egalitarian inquiry with other students,
practitioners and faculty will provide the best possible framework
for quality learning. Its international components - at this
point – go beyond what any of the existing institutions
can offer in and of itself.
we welcome all as the readers of the journal and as the participants
in our forum, but more than anything else we welcome you as
active participants of one or more courses/symposia offered
every June at the IUC Dubrovnik, Croatia.
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