Inter-University Centre


Dubrovnik, June 2006/2007


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 higher education institutions around the world. Founded in 1971 at the height of the Cold War, the IUC quickly become one of the most important venues for the exchange of ideas by scholars from the East and West, North and South alike. Over the years more than 40.000 scholars and students participated in a variety of 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 achievements and traditions under a new set of challenging circumstances. It is maintaining high standards of independent scholarship, open at the same time to different opportunities to promote peace and pluralism in the region and around the world.

IUC academic program consists of international and multidisciplinary courses and conferences. Courses were offered during the war despite the fact that the IUC building was bombed and almost completely destroyed in 1991. The IUC has survived due to the persistent backing and support of many member universities, several organizations, and long-term friends of the IUC and Dubrovnik. The IUC will become increasingly relevant in bringing together scholars and students from different backgrounds and cultures to both discuss scientific progress, and persevere in the creation of a culture of peace through direct exchange and dialogue.

Relatively early in its history the IUC had courses related to social work. In 1985 Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’ and Dr. Burt Galaway met in Zagreb, Croatia to explore possibility of establishing a set of courses that will devote equal attention to the exploration of social work ideas (theory) and direct experience (practice). The original idea was to develop with time a set of eight postgraduate level courses. At this point School offers seven courses. The language of the School is English. IUC provides official certificate of attendance and/or completion. Those interested in taking any of the courses may register with the IUC Secretariat, School Organizing Director, Course Organizing Director and/or any of the Course Directors by providing name, address, academic standing and affiliation. If a candidate is an undergraduate student a brief recommendation by at least one of the professors is required.

Fee per course/symposium:

  • EU 75 for faculty and practitioners, and

  • EU 55 for students.

Participation by researchers, university professors, graduate students, advanced undergraduate students and practitioners is welcomed. Accommodation in Dubrovnik is available from EU 35. Information regarding travel and accommodation may be obtained from the IUC partner, Gulliver travel agency from Dubrovnik. For contact use the following E-ddress congress@gulliver.hr Phone: 385 20 410 817

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

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?

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.

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.

5.) Social Work With Juvenile Offenders
June 18-24: Symposium
"Ethics, Practise and New Directions"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Director:
Dr. Brian Williams & Joe Yates, 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.

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.

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

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.

Inter-University Center for Postgraduate Studies
IUC Dubrovnik School of SW Theory & Practice


Our plan was from the beginning to develop a set of eight courses. It will take 2-3 years to develop a final course of our program within the IUC. Several colleagues suggested peace, human rights, gender, and a few related topics as the focus of the 8th Course. We will continue to be open to suggestions. All those who are interested are encouraged to visit News and Info section of the IUC Journal of SW Theory and Practice regarding the guidelines for course development: www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/publications/social_work_journal

In the Spring of 2009, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary with a Conference which will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the end of June! The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on the past, evaluate the present, and make plans for the future. It will enable us to visit with each other. We have an excellent directors’ team and a group of devoted lecturers who attend our program every year and/or biannually. Since we offer in principle two courses per week, we seldom have the opportunity to meet all our associates. The conference will enable us to visit and share, to celebrate and critically evaluate, to support and challenge as we continue to provide service to our profession. If you have suggestions and/or proposals, if you have any questions, if you would like to learn more either about the 8th Course or the 20th Anniversary Conference, please contact

Prof.Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic' at dadam@paulbunyan.net

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 fro m 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/academics/publications/social_work_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.

The IUC is now particularly keen on promoting specialized postgraduate

education that will take into account both, the regional issues and the

overarching challenges of globalization.

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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