Inter-University Centre


Dubrovnik, June 28 - July 4, 2009

20th Anniversary Conference





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 1972 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. School of SW Theory and Practice was founded by Prof.Dr. Burt Galaway and Prof.Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’. School will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a CONFERENCE from June 28 – July 4, 2009! Each of the eight (8) courses will prepare independent symposium reflecting on its past, celebrating present accomplishments and anticipating future challenges! Language of the IUC and the Conference is English.


Conference participants may register via the IUC Secretariat or directly with any of the course directors as well as with the School Organizing Director Prof. Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’. On-site registration will take place at the IUC Dubrovnik, Croatia  Don Frana Bulica 4. from 8:30 – 9:30 AM on Monday, June 29, 2009.


Conference fee:


·       EU 85 for faculty and practitioners, and

·       EU 60 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 in Dubrovnik (O.S. Radica 32); contact person Ms. Jelena.Vuletic@gulliver.hr  Phone: +385 20 410 881

Social Work Theories and Methodologies 

2009 Symposium:


“Use of professional knowledge, theories and research to create, improve and evaluate strategies, concepts and methods

Course Directors (alphabetically):                       2010 Organizing Directors:

Dr. Oldrich Chytil, Check Republic

Dr. Peter Erath, Germany                                       Prof. Dr. Peter Erath

Dr. Vito Flaker, Slovenia                                        Catholic University

Dr. Brian Littlechild, England                                D 85071 Eichstaett, Germany

Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/USA                         Email: peter.erath@ku-eichstaett.de

Dr. Katarzyna Pawalek, Poland                              Phone: +49 8421 903808


Course Description


In examining the development of social work throughout the world it was necessary to broaden our horizon of inquiry beyond one of comparing models of appropriate practices that occur in different countries. Differences in the development of social work in various countries are also responses to how competing traditions of thought and knowledge have affected social work as a whole. Our aim is to present and explore different theories about, for and of social work. We started with theoretical exploration of the construction of SW professional identity through theory, research and methodology. After it we explored the concept of risk, risk assessment and risk management.


We further explored multiple theoretical, methodological and practical problems connected with evidencing success in social work, as well as new challenges for profession’s identity – is social work a real profession or a set of practice competencies and skills? We reviewed strength of the knowledge base and profession’s response to diversified service user populations.

We explored ethical standards for social workers, professional ethics, ethical principles, ethical dilemmas in practice and management, conflict of personal and professional interests, ethical implementation of programmes and social welfare policies, ethical issues in research and ethical approaches to theory building.

Social Work Theories and Methodologies

Course Directors (alphabetically):
2010 Organizing Directors:
Dr. Vito Flaker, Slovenia
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/US
Dr. Rea A. Maglajlic’ Holicek, Wales
Dr. Shula Ramon, England
Dr. Lorenzo Toresini, Italy
Prof. Dr. Vito Flaker
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 2809244
Fax: + 385 1 2809270
E-mail: vito.flaker@fsd.uni-lj.si

Course Description:

Deinstitutionalization has been an issue in many fields of working with people. It has led to considerable changes in the life of users, careers and professionals. Not only has it had changed locus of the professional work, but also its organization, methods, as well as epistemological position. Social work has always played a prominent part in establishing responses to the people in distress in the community and in the process of resettling the residents of big institutions into ordinary, independent ways of living, as well as in the assessment of the need for institutional and residential care and thus re-placing people into institutions. While deinstitutionalization has become central to the current work of social workers, it has seldom been the focus of debate and dialogue in its own right within social work. The aim of the course is to explore the realities of the deinstitutionalization in different settings and the existing research evidence, to create a shared base for the debate about deinstitutionalization and to promote successful strategies and skills. We will address issues such as history of total institution/s, critical analysis of closed systems, political and organizational impact, specific organizational skills and methods required in working with users and other stakeholders. The starting point of our course will be mental health but we will also address the issue in areas such as working with children, older people, learning and physical disabilities, prisons and young offenders.

Social Work and Social Policies

Course Directors (alphabetically):
2010 Organizing Directors:
Dr. Juha Hamalainen, Finland
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/USA
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: mari.zahl@svt.ntnu.no

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.

We started with exploration of different welfare models. Special attention was given to globalization and its influence – comparing and contrasting different welfare models, social policies as well as social practices in general and in particular as related to countries present for the annual symposium. Welfare state was once a model for a democratic society aiming at social security for all. Emergence of poverty and marginalization globally challenged this model while underemployment and unemployment minimized and/or jeopardize health care and other benefits. In response to these challenges we looked at professions response through advocacy and empowerment. Last three years we have been exploring social justice as a fundamental principle, as a ground for policy and practice, its cultural inferences and constraints.


2009: Symposium
“International Perspective in Youth Justice – Reflections on Theory, Research, Policy and Practice”

Course Directors (alphabetically):
2010 Organizing Directors:

Dr. Richard Hester, Open University, UK
Dada M. Maglailic' Cro/US
Dr. Joe Yates, England

Dr. Joe Yates
Liverpool John Moores University
Clarance St. Liverpool, England
Phone: +44116 207 8050
Email: JYates1@ljmu.ac.uk


Course Description:

As IUC Dubrovnik School of Social Work celebrates its 20th anniversary, the social work with juvenile offenders program takes the opportunity to reflect on the interrelationship between theory, research, policy and practice. The last two decades have seen enormous changes in the world in which we live and also enormous changes in how society responds to children in trouble with law. In line with philosophical aims of the IUC the symposium’s contribution to the conference will focus on providing space for academics, post graduate students and practitioners to critically reflect on the extent to which during this period, theory and research have been employed by those in power to inform and legitimize policy and practice in the field of youth justice.

Particular attention will be paid to how ‘global’ knowledge can be mobilized to develop effective and humane responses to children in trouble and how this can be developed and sustained through the interpretation of international Convention.

This project will be set against a different aspect of global ‘knowledge’ directly associated with the spread of neo-liberalism, the rise of incarceration in some jurisdictions and the increasingly global reach of the ‘what works’ agenda.

Symposium participants will also pay attention to the all important consideration of ‘local’ transferability of practice models including the processes of interpretation and implementation.

Developing Neighborhood and Community Support Systems


Course Directors (alphabetically):
2010 Organizing Directors:
Dr. Kwame Owusu Bempah, UK
Dr. Burt Galaway, CO/USA
Dr. Ronald Lutz, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/US

To Be Appointed
2009 Contact Person
Prof.Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’

Course Description:

We started of defining and comparing traditional and modern time communities and acknowledging negative consequences for the destruction of neighborhoods and entire communities as a result of globalized economy, internal job market shifts, wars and environmental disasters.

As profession’s response to these challenges we looked at building and rebuilding supportive social networks, self help and mutual support. To ground our efforts we defined civic disablement, looking at the same time for positive social movements and respect for human rights. Special importance was given to formal and informal community organizing and community work. It was acknowledged that profession is losing its grip in many countries where most social workers practice clinical work with individuals and/or groups. Sense of belonging seems lost at all levels: individual – family – group, and seems most detrimental for/to children and youth. Profession is challenged to revisit its own identity as related to social work in, with and for the people living permanently or temporarily in a given place with or without their choice. Communal values that guide our work, different communication modes as well as inclusive policies need to be developed as we attempt to define the 21st century communities and neighborhoods.

Social Work with Children and Youth

Course Directors (alphabetically):
2010 Organizing Directors:

Dr. Jean Gervais, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Sonia Jackson, UK
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/USA
Dr. Torill Tjelflaat, Norway

Torill Tjelflatt, Dragvoll
NTNU Trondheim, Norway
Phone: +44116 207 8050
E-mail: torill.tjellatt@samfunn.ntnu.no

Course Description:

Participants examine the implementation of the UN convention of the rights of children 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 social work theory and practice. We started with exploration of how to reach children, as a process and/or method, a practical tool, as well as how to reach the inner world of a child/youth. We reviewed how to provide services to children, youth and their families, including comparison of different family welfare programs.

After it our attention shifted to major challenges starting with working children of the world, children as innocent victims of war/s and other conflicts as well as children-soldiers. 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/communities), media, in the most intimate relationships. Over a period of three years participants explored violence at the child/young person, family, peers group, and society level, looking at its etiology and phenomena, possible prevention, and different interventions.

Social Work and Spirituality

Course Directors (alphabetically):
2010 Organizing Directors:
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/US
Dr. Yves R. Nedeljkovic’, EU CfP
Dr. Lennart Norreklit, DK
Dr. Lennart Norreklit &
Dr. Jorg Zeller
Aalborg University Aalborg, Denmark

Course Description:

We serve and teach in the midst of war, the complexity of poverty in a global economy and rapid changes in each and every society. Often, old traditions and values are gone and new ones are not established yet. Local context provided framework to explore mediation, conflict re/solution, dialogue, reconciliation and non-violence as a pathway to peace.


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 2009 Symposium will focus on spiritual, faith and religious traditions. These traditions may be inclusive, positive, enabling, the ones that promote human development and joint ventures. They also may be something that separates individuals, groups, communities and societies, from intolerance and hate speech to open violence and war. We plan to learn about history and power dynamics associated with different religious institutions. We also plan to learn about available human and spiritual resources that enable people to overcome historic disputes, develop favorable life condition/s, overcome disagreements, and create a spirit of belonging to global human family.

SW & Clinical Interventions

Course Directors (alphabetically):
Primary Contact Person:
Dr. Helmut Janssen, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/US
Dr. Martin Masar, CO - USA
Dr. Pedro Rankin, SAR
Dr. Djuka Stakic’, PA - USA

Professor Djuka Stakic’
Pen 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. Special attention is given to high professional, ethical and multicultural standards as well as to promotion of the holistic –integral, positive-strength oriented interventions which are both evidence based and innovative-creative all the way along the continuum of care spectrum. Course started with exploration of the role of socio-cultural forces in the origin, expression and resolution of social problems. Participants focused on how to increase awareness of, enhance knowledge about, as well as develop cultural sensitivity and competence in clinical context. In many countries clinical work dominates the field. With time course will explore work with different age groups, address leading problems such as mental health and domestic violence issues, as well as the use of self in social work. Theoretical challenges will provide framework to review and compare SWCI as an art and a ‘science’.

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/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.

IUC School of SW Theory & Practice 2010 Schedule

June 6 - 12, 2010
SW Theories and Methodologies
SW and Deinstitutionalization

June 13 - 19, 2010
Social Work and Social Policies
Social Work with Juvenile Offenders

June 20 - 26, 2010
Social Work with Children and Youth
Developing Neighborhood and Community Support Systems

June 27 - July 3, 2010
Social Work and Spirituality
Social Work and Clinical Interventions

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