Inter-University Centre


Dubrovnik, June 2006/2007
Academic Program


1.) Social Work Theories and Methologies
June 4-10: Symposium
"Social Work: Science, profession or accumulation of (social) professional practice knowledge and competences? "
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Directors:
Dr. Peter Erath, Germany
Dr. Vito Flaker, Slovenia
Dr. Brian Littlechild, England
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/USA
Dr. Peter Erath
Catholic University Eichstaett
Phone: +49 8421 903808 | Fax: +49 8421 931773
Email: peter.erath@ku-eichstaett.de

Course Description:

The low status of social work throughout all societies is a well known fact. But - especially in a modern world with all its different rationalities and pressures, multi-valent logics (Niklas Luhmann) etc. - social work has an even greater challenge to find its own identity: as a scientific discipline, as an art, as a service, as post-modern profession or as a political movement of change? Within the course different views and theories on social work will be presented and discussed, explored at the three levels: 1) Within academic thinking: is social work a science or only a profession? 2) Within theoretical thinking: has social work its own theories and models or is it fully dependent on other disciplines? 3) Within the professional debate: is social work a real profession or a set of practice competences and skills? Students, professionals and SW educators are invited to contribute to the 2006 Symposium

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Byers Carmel (UK): Service Users Knowledge in Academic Discurse

Bourke Caroline (UK), Byers Carmel (UK): SW as a Science, Profession and/or
an Art - UK Perspective

Byers Carmel (UK): Service Users Knowledge in Academic Discurse

Bourke Caroline (UK), Byers Carmel (UK): SW as a Science, Profession and/or
an Art - UK Perspective

Bridge Gilian (UK): Involving Service Users in Research

Chytil Oldrich (CZ): Social Work, Science or Profession - Aspects from Czechia

Erath Peter (G): Theories, Models, Concepts and Methods in Social Work -
Enough Knowledge to Create an Academic Discipline?

Flaker Vito (Slo): Becoming a Science - History of Social Work in Slovenia

Jovelin Emmanuel, Prieur Elisabeth (Fr): Research in  SW –Welfare State,Social Inequalities
and SW in France

Nordstrand Mari (NO): Solution-focused Therapy in Social Work

Pawalek Katarzyna (PL): Social Work, Science or Profession - Polish Perspective

Sandner Eva M.(D): The Importance of Knowledge in SW - A professional Perspective

Yushina Maria (RF): Social Worker: Who is S/He - Aspects from Russia

Zierer Brigitta (A): Comparative Studies and International Cooperation
on "SW and Trafficking Women"

2.) Social Work and Social Policies
June 4-10: Symposium
"Social Justice - an ongoing challenge or a na´ve myth
Course Directors (alphabetically):
2005 Organizing Director:
Dr. Juha Hamalainen, Finland
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/US
Dr. Horst Sing, Germany
Dr. Mari-Anne Zahl, Norway
Dr. Mari-Anne Zahl, NTNU
Dpt. of SW and Health Science
7491 Trondheim, Norway
Phone: 47 7359 1926| Fax: 47 7359 1885
E-mail: Lutz@soz.fh-erfurt.de

Course Description:

Social work develops both theory and practice in a given context. Changes in needs, expectations, paradigms, systems, and welfare models all influence discussions and directions chosen for the growth and improvement of social work. In this course interaction between social work and social policies is discussed and problematized. Presentations have a theoretical as well as empirical base. Each year a special topic is chosen for examination. The 2006 Symposium will focus on 'social justice' - that is the fundamental principle in social work as well as in social policy. The concept of 'social justice' is based on perceptions such as: legal justice focusing on the relationship between the individual and society, commutative justice concerned with what people owe each other, and distributive justice concentrating on what society owes the person. How can social work and social policies live up to this noble concept of embodiment of fairness given the social reality of today - on the practical as well as on the theoretical level?

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Baer Susan (G): SW with Immigrants and the Influence of Immigration Models
- A Research Design

Calosevic' Aleksandra (SR): Using Bottom-Up Approach in Social Policy & Social Justice,
A Challenge for SW

Delic' Tihana, Ricijas Neven (Croatia): Social Justice and the Position of Ethnic
Minorities in Europe

Erickson Hans Goran, Zahl Mari-Anne (Norway): Searching for the Phenomenon of Social
Justice in the New Employment and Welfare
Administration (NEWA)

Harrison W. David (NC, USA): Responsibility to Promote Social Justice: An Ethic under Siege

Hokenstad Terry (Ohio, USA): Global Aging: A Challenge for Social Work

Maglajlic' Dada M. (Cro/US): Risk on Not Taking Risk

Miettinen Marja-Lisa, Puurunen Piia, Hamalainen Juha (Finland):
Social Justice and Fundamental Rights - Challenges, Problems and Key Issues in the Finish Context

Sing Horst (Germany): Social Justice, Social Policy, Social Work - Contingency, Paradoxes,

Willumsen Elisabeth (Norway): User Participation, Democratic Rights and Citizenship -
An Example for Childcare in Norway

3.) Social Work With Children and Youth
June 11-17: Symposium:
"Children/Youth and other World of Violence"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Director:
Dr. Jean Gervais, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/US
Dr. Martin Masar, CO/US
Dr. Torill Tjelflaat, Norway
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic'
Professor of SRS, BSU
Voice-mail: +218 755 2837
E-mail: dadam@paulbunyan.net

Course Description:

Participants examine the implementation of the UN convention of the rights of children (specifically articles 19, and 34-38), and related documents. Equal attention is given to all age subgroups, with special reference to policy and planning, as well as to different facets of SW theory and practice. Growing violence all over the world calls for our exploration and action. Children experience violence before they are born and right after it. It is omnipresent: we find it within the family, school/s, in the streets (neighborhoods and communities), media, in the most intimate relationships. Participants plan to explore violence at the child/young person, family, peers group, and society level, looking at its etiology and phenomena, possible prevention, and different interventions.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Bock Marlene, Redlich Alexander (G): Children and Parents Learning Together How to Cope with
Problems - Research Results and Practical Experience

Doerger Dagmar, Rotsch Jana (Germany): Working Against Violence

Gervais Jean (Quebec, Canada): Are We Humans Born Violent?

Maglajlic' Dada M. (Cro/US): Is There a Safe Place

Matula Stefan, Kopanyiova Alena, Palenik Lubomir (Slovakia): Prevention of Violence
in Slovakia

Mongan Philip (MN, USA): Exploring Youth Violence

Naumova Slavica (Macedonia): Family Relations and the Disturbance of the Adolescents Behavior

Radoman Dragana, Papic' Dragana, Smolovic' Sandra (CG): Preparing Children/Youth to Deal
with Conflict

Tukiainen Jussi (Finland): The Concept of mental Health in Egyptian Society - Psychological
Study in Cairo and Upper-Egyptian Kindergartens

Von Manen-Rojnic' Odilia (Holl/Cro): Understanding Violence and Dealing with it at the Personal
and Group Level

Wulfekuehler Heidrun (Germany): Doing Social Work on a Farm: Assessing the Benefits of Being
in Nature and in Contact with Animals for Children and Youth
who Have Experienced Violence

4.) Developing Neighborhood and Community Support Systems
June 11-17: Symposium
"Working in, with, and for 21st-century communities"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Guest Directors (alphabetically):
Dr. Kwame Owusu Bempah, UK
Dr. Burt Galaway, CO/USA
Dr. Ronald Lutz, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/US
Monika Frank, Germany
Mark Lawrence, MN/USA
Eddie Mwanzia, Kenya
Primary Contact Person for the 2006 Symposium:
Dr. Mark Lawrence

Course Description:

For a long time, development discourse has been driven by paternalistic ideology, the "developed" world training professionals to work on behalf of an "underdeveloped" world. While globalization reinforces patterns of exploitation, it also offers novel opportunities for previously marginalized populations to assert themselves. This is especially true with the rise of new forms of "community", requiring careful attention to the differences between working in, working with, and working for people in rapidly changing circumstances where "community" is only ever a temporarily stabilized phenomenon. Guest Directors will offer perspectives from Kenya, the United States and Germany and welcome enthusiastic participation from other countries/regions of the world.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Bempah Kwame Owusu (UK): Reflection on Present Situation

Fiegler Tilo (Germany): Community Work and Community Management in the 'Social city'
Program in Erfurt, Thuringia: Background and Implementation

Kroeger Erinn (US): Bemidji and Beyond

Lawrence Mark (MN, USA): Working in, with, and for 21st-century Communities: Concepts,
Prospects, Challenges

Lutz Ronald (Germany): "Think Global, Act Local"

Mwanzia Eddie (Kenya): Kibwezi: A Community Put on the Cross by Development Agencies

Maja Pudic' (Croatia): City of Rijeka - Challenges and Advantages of the New Century

Rehklau Christine (Germany): Gender and Rural Development in South Africa

Wagner Leonie (Germany): Social Work in Rural Communities in Germany

5.)Social Work With Juvenile Offenders
June 18-24: Symposium
"Ethics, Practise and New Directions"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Director:
Dr. Brian Williams, England
Dr. Helmut Janssen, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Croatia/USA
Dr. Ira Schwartz, PA/USA
Dr. Helmut Janssen
University of Applied Sciences
Erfurt, Germany
Phone: 49361 6700 530
Fax: 49 361 6700 533
E-mail: janssen@soz.fh-erfurt.de

Course Description:

This course will continue to explore the phenomenology of the juvenile offending in different regions of the world with emphasis on countries present at the IUC Dubrovnik. The 2006 Symposium will focus on "Working with children and juveniles in trouble with the law-ethics, practice and new directions". Beside dialogue about legal safeguards for children and juveniles in court proceedings, ethical aspects in the professional field are becoming more and more of an issue. The Course will explore the current debates in different countries regarding practical implementation of ethical standards in general and also focus on new directions in juvenile justice.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Daniel Gordana and Kusturin Suncana (HR): Ethical Dilemmas

Janssen F. Helmut (G): Ethical and Legal Problems in Decision Making in Social Work

Stakic' Djuka (PA/USA): Models of Ethical Decision Making

Veselinovic' Olga, Trbojevic' Visnja (SR): Experiences in the Psycho-Social Support Program for
Children in Conflict with the Law

Williams Brian (UK): Restorative Youth Justice in England and Wales

6.) Social Work and Clinical Interventions
June 18-24: Symposium
"Human and Spiritual Resources & SW Interventions"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Director:
Dr. Sonia Jackson, UK
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/USA
Dr. Djuka Stakic, PA, US
Dr. Djuka Stakic
Professor of HD FS
Penn State University
Phone: 610-466-9970
E-mail: dos4@psu.edu

Course Description:

The course "Social Work and Clinical Interventions" (SWCI) is dedicated to searching for, and promoting interventions which draw from essential values and concepts of social work and highlight the uniqueness of the mission and authenticity of social work theory and practice. The course will cherish highest professional, ethical and multicultural standards and promote the holistic-integral, positive - strength oriented interventions which are both evidence-based and innovative-creative all the way along the continuum of care spectrum.

Participants of the 2006 Symposium will explore the role of socio-cultural forces in the origin, expression and resolution of different problems. We will work on increasing awareness of, enhancing knowledge about, as well as developing cultural sensitivity and competence in clinical context.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Colin Tatajana (USA/SR): Social Reforms in Serbia - Staff Training Effectiveness

Jackson Sonia (UK): Human Resources and Social Work with Children

Maglajlic' Dada M. (Cro/US): Human and Spiritual Resources and Modern Time Migrations

Rakovic' Marija (SR): UNODC - DUJ in the Countries of the SE Europe

Rankin Pedro P. (SAR): An Exploration of the Strength/Empowerment Approach in Social Work

Repac Snezana: "Children' Rights" from the Institutional and Children's Point of View

Stakic' Djuka (PA, USA): Multicultural Perspective in Psychology and SW

Veselinovic' Olga, Trbojevic' Visnja (SR): Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions with Children


New, 7th Course will shared two days with the Course "Social Work & Spirituality" which we offer since 1989.

7.)Social Work and Spirituality
June 18-24: Symposium
"Human and Spiritual Resources & SW Interventions"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Primary Contact Person
Dr. Edward Canda, KS/US
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/US
Dr. Yves Nedeljkovic', EU CfP
Dr. Lennart Norreklit, DK
Dr. Therese Marie Sacco, SAR
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic'
Professor of SRS BSU
Fax: 218 755 2822
Voice-mail: 218 755 2837
E-mail: dadam@paulbunyan.net

Course Description:

This course seeks to expand our knowledge of the diverse philosophical, humanistic and spiritual resources which guide us in our attempt to create a more just and peaceful communities. Participants explore the spiritual, ethical, cultural and professional values which inform our thinking and direct service. The 2006 Symposium will focus on human migrations and displacements. For many reasons - often through traumatic experiences - people come to be confronted with, and have to live in a culture different from the culture they grew up with.

Course participants will explore phenomenology of the modern-time migrations/displacements, as well as the ways to identify cultural strength that helps people to develop, relate, create and/or re-create a belonging to the world despite unfavorable social context. We plan to learn about available human and spiritual resources that enable people to develop a favorable life condition/s, overcome loneliness, and create a spirit of belonging despite existing cultural alienation.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Colin Tatajana (USA/SR): Social Reforms in Serbia - Staff Training Effectiveness

Jackson Sonia (UK): Human Resources and Social Work with Children

Maglajlic' Dada M. (Cro/US): Human and Spiritual Resources and Modern Time Migrations

Rakovic' Marija (SR): UNODC - DUJ in the Countries of the SE Europe

Rankin Pedro P. (SAR): An Exploration of the Strength/Empowerment Approach in Social Work

Repac Snezana: "Children' Rights" from the Institutional and Children's Point of View

Stakic' Djuka (PA, USA): Multicultural Perspective in Psychology and SW

Veselinovic' Olga, Trbojevic' Visnja (SR): Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions with Children

ANCIENT CITY OF DUBROVNIK & the IUC Dubrovnik, Croatia

Inter-University Center for Postgraduate Studies, the IUC Dubrovnik has been founded by the famous Praxis group more than 30 years ago. Founding meeting took place in Montreal Quebec, Canada. At its peak, before the recent war in the region, Center had over 200 university members from all over the world, and every year IUC is getting closer to its pre-war membership status. At this point the IUC has over 170 member-institutions mostly from Europe and USA. City of Dubrovnik, the I.U.C, and many other higher education institutions are diligently working on revitalizing all known programs, as well as adding the new ones. So, several years ago D.I.S.E.C. was formally established: Dubrovnik International Science and Education Center! Rochester Institute of Technology is offering M.B.A. program in Dubrovnik, while Yale University offers an M.A. in social studies at the IUC! We are planning to expand our existing program by adding more courses, as well as by introducing "Back to the Roots" series of courses envisioned as collaborative liberal education program to be offered by a network of universities in the Mediterranean Region and interested higher education institutions from all over the world.

The ancient city of Dubrovnik is a very special classroom in itself, and probably the most beautiful one! Place, which G.B. Shaw called the "Paradise on Earth"! Famous Marco Polo was born on the island of Korcula located northwest of Dubrovnik. For over seven centuries Republic of Dubrovnik was an independent city-state! At its peak Dubrovnik Republic had diplomatic relations with over 200 states all over the world! There is a lot to be learned from the ancient Republic, such as for example:

  • governance of the Republic: not as power, rather as a public service with very egalitarian approach to the "noble" and "common" people;
  • LIBERTAS (freedom) as the symbol, flag and the anthem of the Republic;
  • first 'state' to make a public statement regarding slavery, and abolish it in 1416, long before any other European state;
  • 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 pharmacies which is still in function; one of the oldest orphanages in Europe, and the like;
  • one of the oldest modern time theaters in Europe (the island of Hvar);
  • great understanding of human condition and great respect for it, with special emphasis on being humble - there are only two public statues in the whole ancient city, one of the 'noble man' (Gundulic'), and one of the 'common man' (Pracat);
  • long tradition of "religious tolerance" and "joint life": close to 500 years of organized worship and peaceful coexistence of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim religious institutions and programs, and much, much more.

The IUC is well known for its principles, which follow the best traditions of the ancient Republic of Dubrovnik. To learn more about the ancient City of Dubrovnik please visit the Dubrovnik Pages on the web. To learn more about the IUC and our School within the IUC, please visit www.IUC.hr Over the years the IUC Dubrovnik School of SW Theory and Practice published four books: one in the USA, Canada, Croatia, and one as a collaborative effort between the IUC and the University of Goteborg, Sweden. Than in 1997, we introduced the electronic journal. As of Spring 2003, one issue is prepared at BSU, Bemidji, MN, USA and one at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology - NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. The journal address is www.bemidjistate.edu/SW_Journal


The Inter-University Center (IUC) Dubrovnik is an independent international institution for advanced studies. It is a meeting ground for learning and scholarship which is co-sponsored by almost two hundred member universities and institutions of higher learning around the world.

Founded in 1971, at the height of the Cold War, the IUC became one of the most important venues for the exchange of ideas by scholars from both, the East and West. Over the years more than 40,000 scholars and students have participated in the Center's courses and conferences.

Based in Dubrovnik, Croatia, formerly a self-governing Mediterranean City-state, at the crossroads of various cultural and political influences, the IUC is currently building on its past achievement and traditions under a new set of challenging circumstances. The goal of the IUC is to maintain high standards of independent scholarship, and at the same time explore opportunities for bridge-building within the region and the world that must continue to rededicate itself to pluralism.

Our international agenda in various disciplines, notably in the social sciences and in the humanities, will certainly be informed by the issues of post communism and European integration, with an emphasis on further promoting stabilization within the region.


June 3-9, 2007
Social Work Theories and Methodologies
Social Work and Social Policies

June 10-16, 2007
Social Work with Children and Youth
Developing Neighborhood and
Community Support Systems

June 17-22, 2007
Social Work with Juvenile Offenders
Social Work and Spirituality
Social Work and Clinical Interventions

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