Inter-University Centre


Dubrovnik, June 2008/2009





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. 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. This goal has been achieved. 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 in Dubrovnik (O.S. Radica 32); contact person Ms. Jelena Vuletic
E-mail: Jelena.Vuletic@gulliver.hr   Phone: +385 20 313 321

1.) Social Work Theories and Methologies
June 1-7: Symposium
"REDESIGNING SOCIAL WORK - Use of professional knowledge, theories and research to create, improve and evaluate strategies, concepts and methods"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Directors:
Dr. Oldrich Chytil, Check Republic
Dr. Peter Erath, Germany
Dr. Vito Flaker, Slovenia
Dr. Brian Littlechild, England
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/USA
Dr. Katarzyna Pawalek, Poland
Prof.Dr. Brian Littlechild
University of Hertfordshire England
Phone: +44 17074423
Email: b.littlechild@herts.ac.uk

Course Description:

The purpose of the 2008 symposium is to examine how a systematic consideration of SW ethics and values can contribute to considerations of theory, and means of undertaking research and using research findings, as well as how values and ethics can be used to reflect upon and develop practice. We equally welcome colleagues from Europe and all other regions of the world who explore themes concerning how ethics and values in SW affect practice, management, policy and research. Areas may include: ethical standards for social workers, professional (obligatory) ethics and ‘independent ethics” (reflection on social worker’s actions), ethical principles (rules) of making decisions, ethical dilemmas in practice and management, conflict of personal and professional interests, ethical implementation of programmes and social welfare policies, ethical issues in research, ethical approaches to theory building.

2.) Social Work and Deinstitutionalization
June 1-7: Symposium
"Deinstitutionalization: Old and new walls and stakeholders"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Course Organizing Directors:
Dr. Vito Flaker, Slovenia
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/USA
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, carers 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.

3.) Social Work and Social Policies
June 8-14: Symposium
"Social Justice - Cultural Impacts and Constraints"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Directors:
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: 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.

For the year 2006 and 2007 ‘social justice’ – a fundamental principle in social work as well as in social policy was chosen for examination. The 2008 course will continue to explore this theme focusing on cultural impacts and constraints for understanding the concept of social justice as well as every day practice as presented in major faith traditions and different ideological views.

4.) Social Work with Juvenile Offenders
June 8-14: Symposium
"Critical Research in Youth Justice: Power, Knowledge, Ethics, Rights"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Director:
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/US
Dr. Brian Stout, England
Dr. Joe Yates, UK
Dr. Joe Yates
Liverpool John Moores University
Clarence St. Liverpool, UK
Phone: +44116 207 8050
E-mail: JYates@ljmu.ac.uk

Course Description:

This course brings together academics in the field of youth justice and postgraduate practitioners from the international community working in youth justice system. The 2007 Symposium will explore the important role critical research plays in understanding the development and management of youth justice systems. Contributors are encouraged to critically explore the processes by which criminological research and knowledge is constructed and the extent to which it is meaningfully employed to inform practice within youth justice system. Participants are encouraged to pay particular attention to issues of power, ethics and children’s rights. The international nature of the Symposium offers an excellent opportunity for colleagues from the international academic and practice communities to exchange their ideas (theory) and experience (practice) within broadly defined social work.

5.) Developing Neighborhood and Community Support Systems
June 15-21: Symposium
"On the Move and Out of Reach? Challenges of Communication in 21st Century Communities"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
2008 Guest Organizing Director:
Dr. Kwame Owusu Bempah,, UK
Dr. Burt Galaway, CO/USA
Dr. Ronald Lutz, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Cro/US
Dr. Mark Lawrence
Associate Professor, BSU - MN, USA
E-mail: majnunlaila@hotmail.com

Course Description:

Considerable confusion centers around what precisely it means to be working with, for or in a ‘community’. In no small measure this is because “community” is no longer as tied to place as previously had been the case. The foundations of place are now jeopardized by environmental and political crisis. Moreover, the nature of a rapidly globalizing economy makes any particular place less autonomous than hitherto. This means that the members of any particular “community” are likely to include migrant populations from within and without a given geographical boundary, suggesting therefore that ‘community’ is now a highly transitory, unstable, temporary phenomenon. Under the circumstances, what is now urgently required is a better understanding of the multiple roles played by communication in defining and re-defining “community”. For example, how do we manage challenges of linguistic or religious assimilation, the economics of media control, and access by youth and other special populations to means of being seen and heard as they struggle to define the future? The purpose of the symposium is to identify (a) changing modes, (b) central issues, (c) geographic dimensions, and (d) intergenerational challenges of communication in 21st –century communities.

6.) Social Work with Children and Youth
June 15-21: Symposium
"Children/Youth and the World of Violence"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Organizing Director:
Dr. Jean Gervais, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Sonia Jackson, UK
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/USA
Dr. Torill Tjelflaat, Norway
Prof.Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic',
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/communities), media, in the most intimate relationships. Participants will continue 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.

7.) Social Work and Spirituality
June 22-28: Symposium
"Human and Spiritual Resources and SW Interventions - Spiritual, Faith and Religious Traditions & Global Peace Efforts"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Primary Contact Person:
Dr. Mary Jo Hrenchir, Guest Director
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/US
Dr. Yves Nedeljkovic’, UU CfP
Dr. Lennart Norreklit, DK
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 2008 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.

8.) Social Work and Clinical Interventions
Course Directors (alphabetically):
2008 Guest Directors:
Dr. Helmut Janssen, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’, Cro/US
Dr. Martin Masar, CO - USA
Dr. Pedro Rankin, SAR
Dr. Djuka Stakic', PA - USA
Tanja Colin, UNICEF Moldova
E-mail: tcolin@unicef.org
Aleksandar Bodiroza
E-mail: bodiroza@unfpa.org

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 2008 SWCI Symposium will focus on alternative services: service/s funding by state and local budgets, as well as service regulation, monitoring and evaluation! How do new and innovative solutions become part of the official social protection system? Are “alternative services” really more effective than “traditional state services”?

Through a lively dialogue, debate and reflection, among numerous NGO and state representatives from a number of countries around the world, the 2008 Symposium “Alternative Services in Social Protection” will attempt to offer possible answers, enrich professional knowledge among participants and generate ideas for further development of social protection services in countries which are reforming their social protection system.

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 35 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. Access to the Journal is free of charge, and it could be found at web-address: 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 1972, 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.

School of SW Theory and Practice
20th Anniversary Conference
The IUC Dubrovnik, Don Frana Bulica 4, Dubrovnik - Croatia
June 28 - July 4, 2009

Primary Contact Person:

Prof.Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic'

School Organizing Director

Phone: + 218 755 2837

Fax: + 218 755 2822

E-mail: dadam@paulbunyan.net

Please visit our websites at:

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