Summer University 2014

The Summer University in social work aims at promoting exchanges between participants from various backgrounds, at facilitating comparative analysis and at stimulating new theoretical and professional approaches in social work.

It offers a privileged place for discussions and debates to professors and students coming from many different countries (Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, France, Italy, India, United States). All lectures will be given in English and all workshops will be held in English.

The theme of the 2014 edition of the Summer University in Social Work is

“Vulnerability, Empowerment and Social Work”


The idea is to discuss the complex interrelations between these two central concepts that are too frequently grasped separately in theoretical approaches.

The conferences and workshops will be based on the most recent researches conducted in these fields.

The international dimension of the event will also help thinking critically and comparatively about what drives social work practice, often caught between an excessive concern for the protection of the most vulnerable and an idealistic ambition to enhance individual responsibilities and capacities.

This theme will be elaborated in close collaboration with the national research program LIVES, entitled “Overcoming vulnerability: life course perspective”.

Program 2014

Conferences, lectures, workshops in small groups, visits of social facilities and institutions, cultural and social events are on the program of the Summer University.

The Summer University 2014 will take place in Lausanne, at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland | EESP | Lausanne (www.eesp.ch)

from June 30th to July 11th.

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