Content & Structure
In the first semester, students attend eight weeks of classes and seminars (off-line study period). This is followed by an e-learning period in the second semester in which the study contents of the first semester are enforced and further elaborated on.
In the third semester, students attend four weeks of classes and seminars which, again, are completed by an online learning period.
The fourth semester is dedicated to the realization of a practical project linked to the issue of social work and human rights as well as to the elaboration of the master's thesis.
Upon request and if advisable from an academic point of view the Master thesis can also be postponed to a fifth semester. In either case, the research and writing of the final thesis will be completed over a period of one semester.
These modules are compulsory for all students.
A 1: World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development (15 ECTS) is concerned with the world’s social problems and their relevance for international policies and social work, such as world poverty, lack of food-nutritional security, declining resources for survival, spreading diseases, disasters; unfair world trade, failed states, growing income disparities, economic, forced and political migration, “sans papiers”; organized crime, prostitution, child labor, bonded labor, conflicts, wars, torture, and corresponding lack of access to rights and legislation; nationalist, hegemonial, autocratic, dictatorial political regimes; religious and secular fundamentalism. Special advertences have to be given to the individuals and minorities who don’t have access to rights and legislation.
A 2: Social Work and Human Rights (15 ECTS) deals with the history of social work and human rights in theory, international documents, practice and its partnering with the United Nations – as well as in a comparative perspective. The pioneers of international social work and the integration of human rights in their biographies are pointed out. Furthermore, this module explains dimensions of social work as discipline and profession – social problems as its object base thus comparing client characteristics of social work with those of the “vulnerable groups” addressed by the different UN-conventions.
A 3: International Law: A Social Work Perspective (15 ECTS) is concerned with the significance of international law for social work both on a national and on international level. In this context the question is raised how social work is affected when conflicts and violations are discussed in terms of human rights. Critical issues including vulnerable groups and the relation between the first and third worlds, globalization and the legitimacy of the United Nations and other international legal institutions and the relations between the ‘first’ and ‘third’ worlds, are studied from a socio-legal perspective.
A 4: Critical Social Science Research (15 ECTS) covers different social science research methods with the emphasis on qualitative methodology, some quantitative methods, and mixed method approach. It includes teaching on research design and conceptual mapping, the issues of social research ethics, critical research thinking, and the use of the comparative approaches in social sciences within the international setting.
Students select a minimum of two out of five offered modules.
B 1: Health and Human Rights in Social Work (7.5 ECTS) discusses health as an issue of social inequalities and shows how inequalities get reflected in health of individuals, groups, and communities. Apart from analyzing and comparing violation of health rights in different countries and social contexts, the course outlines the strategies of successful access to the right to health. The role of social workers in realization of these strategies is examined and highlighted.
B 2: Migration and Racism (7.5 ECTS) deals with the processes of discrimination and marginalization within society, which lead to racism, and teaches to identify racist practices that occur as a result. It is stressed that for social workers there are particular challenges in meeting the needs of those subject to people trafficking and smuggling and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, a situation which requires the articulation of new practice responses to provide specialist support to groups such as survivors of torture. Within the field of migration there is considerable scope for more organized development of the advocacy role of social workers at national and international levels, including the development of alliances and collaborative action to support more humane and just policies.
B 3: Poverty and Social Exclusion (7.5 ECTS) addresses the fact that human rights can only become realized and used under appropriate conditions like democracy and in societies concerned to create (more) social justice and cohesion. It is thus concerned with the individuals and groups who are unable to perform their full rights due to poverty and social exclusion.
B 4: Gender and Human Rights (7.5 ECTS) gives a global and a comparative perspective on gender as a human rights issues and will analyze gender within the framework of social work and social policy discipline. The module analyzes the issues of mainstreaming gender equality in social welfare services and the issues of gender sensitive social services and social politics. It thereby gives models of good practice on gender awareness in social work and social policies across the globe.
B 5: Children’s Rights (7.5 ECTS) is concerned with the significance of children’s rights for social work practice from a global perspective, thus focusing on the development of the UNCRC emphasizing children as right holders, on philosophical discourses on rights and childhood, on global perspectives on children’s advocacy and participation in social work, and on the relevance of the 3Ps and the 4 key principles of the UNCRC for social work decision making.
Students select a minimum of two out of four offered modules.
C 1: Human Rights Education (7.5 ECTS) addresses human rights education as the most important requirement in order to “bring down” human rights from the UN level and the frequently purely appellative political level. It thereby provides for the knowledge students need in order to organize information with regard to content as well as to develop a didactic concept for human rights education.
C 2: Practice of Human Rights-Based Social Work – Locally, Nationally, and Internationally (7.5 ECTS) focuses on “human rights-based social work projects around the world”. An international practice of social work can take place in local communities of immigration societies (e.g., establishing ombuds offices, civic platforms, working with illegalized persons, human rights education in formal and informal education), on a national level (involvement in the legislative process, e.g., for unaccompanied minors) or inter- respectively transnationally (as a project of a globally active NGO, as a member of a social movement, in the application of procedures of the UN or the European Court of Human Rights etc.).
C 3: Human Rights Projects as Innovation in Social and Health Agencies (7.5 ECTS) deals with strategies of social innovative development of practices and procedures for identifying the need of an organization for innovation in the area of human rights. This module focuses on projects in which the objectives for change are implemented and evaluated, on the initiation of changes and innovations independent from organizations, and on mechanisms of overcoming resistance to innovation.
C 4: Public Relations (7.5 ECTS) deals with the importance of public relations and the usage of media for social work issues. While social work is often kept invisible, public relation skills of the social worker can be highly helpful for the individual client as well as they can help creating public awareness on a specific issue supporting structural change.
This module is compulsory for all students.
The module 'Human Rights Project' is dedicated to the realization of a specific project that the student develops with the support of academic experts and/ or experts in the practical field.
This module is compulsory for all students.
The thesis is a central element of the MA-SWHR. In keeping with the research-oriented focus of the program, students are required to write a 15,000 words (+/- 10%) thesis based on empirical investigation, which accounts for a total of 15 ECTS credits. The thesis must relate to the substantive issues of the course, using the scientific research methods taught.
Human Rights Projects
First Study Group _ SWHR 01
Three-part Thesis project :
Internship #1 (Akademie Für Ehrenamtlichkeit Deutschland)
Internship #2 (United Nations Volunteers)
Group Project (“Stepping In” Documentary Film)
Overview: The thesis project took on an unexpected three-pronged model for me: while first engaged in a group film project with Rhoneil Gonzaga and Lisa Haring, I discovered an internship opportunity in Berlin with the Akademie für Ehrenamtlichkeit Deutschland and committed to three months (spring/summer 2016) there. Shortly into this internship I was offered a position I had applied for earlier in the year with UN Volunteers, and also promptly committed to taking on a three-month internship there in fall 2017. Having already been engaged with the film project, I dually completed the film and first internship, while focusing thereafter on the second internship.
Moving towards children's rights: Challenges and Opportunities.
The human rights project was done in relation to my thesis on “Moving towards children's rights: Challenges and Opportunities”. It aimed to assess the needs of children in regards of children's rights, it was done during three months of internship at a local Non-Profit Organization (NPO) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In this report, I will start with my motivation with the project, then I will give a brief description on the NPO, then I will talk about what and how I did the project, the difficulties I faced and my reflection regarding the project. As the project is closely linked to my thesis, this report will serve as a brief summary about the project, more detailed analysis and further discussions will be included in my thesis.
Summary of the project
The project aims to analyze the children's rights situation in Vietnam with reference in the field, the main focus is to access the needs of the children in regard of children's rights, by inviting children to express their views and opinions on the central rights of the CRC: the rights of provision, protection and participation. In order to have a better picture of the children's rights situation, I interviewed staff members both formally and informally; did home visits; wrote field notes from observation during centers visits and through talking with volunteers and other professionals.
A critical perspective on Volunteerism.
In qualitative research, there are a wide variety of methods for datagathering, fromobservation, textual or visual analysis to interviews. In this project, we used semistructured interviews to collect data and used video to document the entire procedure. This approach of interviewing is flexible as it consist of several key question that helps defining the areas we wanted to explore. In this way, richer and more detailed data has been collected. Beside that,it also allowed us to explore new topics/areas that we did not considered relevant before, but placed in context, gave sense to the result of the study. Both of us defined the interview guide, a document in which it was written all the areas we wanted to explore and considered relevant for the purpose of the study.
Black Pride in Berlin; Empowerment, Equity and Social Justice for Black Homosexuals of African Origin, Germany.
This project is as a result of a four months investigation in different social circles where homosexuals of African origin lives in the city of Berlin. Indeed in this German capital we have approximately 300 homosexuals Africans of all categories. That is; lesbians, gay, bisexuals, transgender, queer and intersexual (LGBTQI).
The first part of my analysis is to present the organization that allowed me to do my internship. It´s manner of operation, it objective as to its social and political purpose .The second part of my analysis is to show how the department in which I carried my internship whose name is ''Standup-Discrimination’’. Its role and its mode of operation. Finally the third part of my analysis consists of my project on the theme: ´Black Pride in Berlin; Empowerment, Equity and Social Justice for black homosexuals of African Origin in Germany`. Indeed my project is an output of an ethnographic research on the emergence of negative stereotypes, discriminatory behavior against black homosexuals of African origin by white homosexuals within same community.
The choice of Berlin is strategic and very important for this research given the controversial news of homosexuality in this city, everything starts with the analysis of the springs of homophobia against homosexuals Africans. This is demonstrated as the organization of gays in Berlin do not often integrate their project. Beside, diversity homosexual black African minority that feels excluded and marginalized. It a city where being a black and a gay at the same time raises an issue of double victimization because they are not only stigmatize but as well excluded.
My analysis and research are therefore exploring the emergence of black African origin homosexuals in public space in Germany because it is important to note that we have gay blacks African of German nationality, gay blacks with residence and work permit or university students and equally black gay asylum seekers and Refugees. In an ethnological approach, my analysis shows that the current manifestation of discrimination against black homosexuals of African origins comes from the history of colonial relations and social media, the image you project to the black in the society .To push my analysis further we need to understand racism as a multidimensional and highly adaptive system - a system that ensures an unequal distribution of resources between racial groups, because whites have built and dominate all important institutions in Germany.
The Families of the Disappeared Persons in the Context of Enforced Disappearance in the Philippines
This project was intended to initiate a short study on the topic of enforced disappearance, a situational case of the Philippines with focus on the families of the disappeared persons. The study had two objectives of:
I. Learning more about the notion of enforced disappearance from an organisational point of view and,
II. Understanding the impacts of enforced disappearance on the families/relatives of the disappeared persons.
Learning the topic involved understanding the background of the AFAD which is the host organisation; to know its mission, objectives and activities, including the implementation mechanisms of its work in the fight against enforced disappearances in the Philippines and southern Asia as a whole. This was done through interactions and interviews where applicable with the staff based at the secretariat of AFAD in addition to available materials (reports, primers and other publications) and also participated in activities outside the office such as meetings and memorial/campaign activities for instance “Free Jonas Burgos Movement” to be specific. In order to understand the impacts of enforced disappearances on the relatives of the disappeared persons, I conducted the interviews with the selected members of the families of the disappeared persons; by requesting individuals to freely share their stories and experiences to comprehend a better idea of what happened and why so and how this has impacted the family situation from that time to date.
- Jayda Taylor Bubeloff
- Hei Man Vivian Chow
- Rhoneil Gonzaga Gabriel
- Lisa Maria Haring
- Laurent Francis Ngoumou
Asylum Rights, Regulations within the European Union: A comparative Study of Cameroonians homosexuals in Germany and Belgium
- Jackson Opio
Lecturers & Modules Overview
|Dr. Aichele, Valentin L.L.M||German Institute for Human Rights||B3 Poverty and Social Exclusionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Alkan, Hilal||Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin||Workshop: Academic Writing|
|Bayer, Timo||C4 Public Relations|
|Beloe, Elizabeth||Freie Universität Berlin||Workshop: Diversity of Backgrounds|
|Dr. Da Lomba, Sylvie||University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences||B2 Migration and Racismemail@example.com|
|Prof. Dr. Franger-Huhle, Gabriele||Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts||A1 World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development C2 Practice of Human Rights-Based Social Work– Locally, Nationally, and Internationallyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Gale, Christine||University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences||B5 Children’s Rightsemail@example.com|
|Prof. Dr. Goel, Urmila||Humboldt-Universität Berlin||B2 Migration and Racismfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prof. Dr. Großmaß, Ruth||Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin||Introduction to B-Modules A2 Social Work and Human Rights C3 Human Rights Projects as Innovation in Social and Health Agenciesemail@example.com|
|Hildebrand, Bettina||German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin||C4 Public Relationsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prof. Dr. Kendrick, Andrew||University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences||B5 Children’s Rightsemail@example.com|
|Prof. Dr. Labonté-Roset, Christine||Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin||B3 Poverty and Social Exclusionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prof. Dr. Prasad, Nivedita||Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin||A2 Social Work and Human Rights C4 Public Relationsemail@example.com|
|Quinn, Neil||University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences||B2 Migration and Racism C4 Public Relations||Neil.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prof. Dr. Radvan, Heike||Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Amadeu Antonio Foundation||C1 Human Rights Educationemail@example.com|
|Ryberg Welander, Lotti||Malmö University||A3 International Law: A Social Work Perspectivefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Sobočan, Ana M.||University of Ljubljana||A4 Critical Social Science Research B4 Gender and Human Rights||AnaMarija.Sobocan@fsd.uni-lj.si|
|Dr. Šumi, Irena||University of Ljubljana||A1 World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development|
|Dr. Staaf, Annika||Malmö University||A3 International Law: A Social Work Perspectiveemail@example.com|
|Dr. Stamm, Ingo||A1 World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development||Ingo.Stamm@chydenius.fi|
|Dr. Tikkanen, Ronny||University of Gothenburg||A4 Critical Social Science Research C4 Public Relations||Ronny.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Vesterdal, Knut||Norwegian University of Science and Technology||C1 Human Rights Educationemail@example.com|
|Wendel, Lotta L.L.M||Malmö University||A2 Social Work and Human Rightsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prof. Dr. Zaviršek, Darja||University of Ljubljana||A4 Critical Social Science Research, B1 Health and Human Rights in Social Work, B4 Gender and Human Rights||Darja.Zavirsek@fsd.uni-lj.si|
Dr. Valentin Aichele, LL.M. (University of Adelaide) is with the German Institute for Human Rights since 2005. His expertise and interests are inter alia public international law, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs); human rights action plans; poverty and social exclusion, non-discrimination; economic, social and cultural human rights, in particular right to education; the right to be equal before the law; the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), human rights-based monitoring and evaluation; human rights treaty law in the German justice system. Since May 2009, Valentin Aichele is Head of the independent National CRDP Monitoring Mechanism.
Here is a link to his website and publications:
Hilal Alkan is an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Georg Forster fellow at Alice Salomon Hochschule and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Open University. In her dissertation, she focused on civic charitable initiatives in Turkey, with the interdisciplinary lens of citizenship studies and economic anthropology. Alongside charitable giving and welfare provision, her research interests include gendered spatial formations, women’s experiences of war, and care ethics. In her recent project, she is working on informal neighbourhood initiatives aiding Syrian migrants in their resettlement in Istanbul and Berlin. She is also a member of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in Turkey, which works on gendering the peace process and documenting gendered rights violations in Turkey.
Elizabeth Beloe is a sociologist and currently working as a regional coordinator in a project on refugees and migration in Berlin. She is a Ph.D student at the department of Anthropology at the Freie Universität zu Berlin. She has been a course facilitator in Diversity Background since 2014 at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin. Her interests are in the areas of migration and development, integration, intercultural relations and conflict management. She has over 10 years of working experience in migrant organizations.
Dr. Sylvie Da Lomba is a Law Lecturer at the Law School of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. She has extensively published in the areas of migrants’ social and economic rights (with a focus on the rights of irregular migrants and asylum seekers); international, EU and national (UK, France and Canada) migration laws and policies; global and EU migration governance; and refugee integration. She is the author of a monograph on The Right to Seek Refugee Status in the European Union.
Much of her work is cross-disciplinary; she has developed socio-legal theoretical frameworks based on the concepts of membership, citizenship and vulnerability to investigate migrants’ rights and the tensions that exist between the realisation of their rights and the exercise of the government immigration power. She has conducted comparative socio-legal research in these areas and has undertaken funded empirical research in the field of migrants’ social rights, including migrants’ right to health care. For example, she was the principal investigator in a research project on ‘Women Asylum Seekers’ Access to Free NHS Maternity Care in Glasgow after a Negative Decision on their Asylum Claim’. The research was funded by and conducted in collaboration with the Scottish Refugee Council.
She was a visiting scholar at the University of Montreal and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
She teaches European Union Law, Human Rights Law and International Migration Law.
Prof. (emer) Dr. Gaby Franger-Huhle
Until 2015 Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Faculty Social Work and Health; head of the study program International Social Work and Development (B.A.)
Social Sciences, History, Pedagogy; PHD: Women’s every-day-lives and women cultures as starting point of intercultural communication – A methodical contribution for intercultural-adults-education
Academic fields of interest:
Human rights and peace building; intercultural and international social work; Community Work; Social Movements; resistance and textile art.
Cyprian, Gudrun, Franger Gaby (ed) (2017): Ausgekocht? (The end of cooking? boiled out? Cooking and Nutrition in the context of conflicting priorities between new life scripts and the global food industry)
Franger, Gaby Lohrenscheit, Claudia (ed) (2015): Peacebuilding - Gender - Social Work, Oldenburg
Franger, Gaby (ed) (2015): Kriegssocken und Peacemakerinnen (Hg); Frauen in der Einen Welt, Nürnberg( Warsocks and Peacemaker Women)
Franger, Gaby ( ed) (2014) Roma Rights and Discrimination. The Pursuit of Reflective Social and Educational Work (Ed.), Oldenburg
Franger, Gaby (2014): Survival-Empowerment – Courage: Insights into the History and Developments of Peruvian Arpilleras, in: Marjorie Agosín (Ed): Stitching Resistance. Women, Creativity, and Fiber Arts, Kent, P. 101-118
Franger, Gaby, Krauß Rebekka (ed) (2009): Soziale Arbeit und Menschenrechte in Lateinamerika. Perspektiven aus Forschung Lehre und Praxis, Oldenburg. (Social Work and Human Rights in Latin America. Perspectives of Research, Teaching and Practice)
Gaby Franger (ed) (2009:) Schicksalsfäden. Geschichten in Stoff von Gewalt, Hoffen und Überleben, Nürnberg (Threads of destiny: Testimonies of Violence, Hope and Survival.)
What is interesting to know about her professional background?
Subjects of studies: Philosophy, German literature, Education at RUB (Bochum) and Philipps-University (Marburg), short stays in Great Britain and France included; PhD at Bielefeld University (“Psychische Krisen und Sozialer Raum” – a research on counselling).
For more than 20 years she was an active professional counsellor, doing teaching and research side-line. Later on, in 2004, she decided to change priorities and was successful in applying at Alice Salomon Hochschule for the chair in Social philosophy and Ethics, which she held for more than 10 years, working on professional ethics and the philosophical backgrounds of social work. Towards the end of her professional career she was asked to build up the master program “Social work as a Human Rights Profession” – a task she really became interested in and identified with. In 2015 she retired, glad to hand over the program to Esra Erdem and Johanna Isensee, the current Program Director and Program Manger.
For further details on her activities at Alice Salomon Hochschuleand and her publications (most of them – sorry – in German), please visit the ASH profile.
As a social and cultural anthropologist she conducts ethnographic work primarily among people, who are marked as Indians in German speaking Europe. Theoretically she is interested in particular in critical racism theory, postcolonial theory, gender and queer studies as well as in the interdependencies of these.
Here is a link to her website and publications:
Lydia Malmedie is a doctoral researcher at the Economics and Social Science Faculty at the University of Potsdam, Germany with a scholarship by the German research council (DFG). Her thesis is on the EU’s foreign policy with regard to human rights for LGBTI persons in Sub-Sahara Africa and she carried out field research in Kenya and Uganda. Previously, Lydia worked for a London Fostering Agency and at Europe’s largest human rights charity for equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK. She advised UK government and led on the highly sensitive primary school campaign ‘Celebrating Difference’. Invited by UNESCO, she contributed to the first ever international expert meeting on homophobia in education institutions. As an equality and diversity consultant, Lydia has worked with private and public sector organizations including SoundCloud and the German development cooperation (GIZ). She holds a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization and is the former president of the Alumni Association bringing together over 2,000 human rights experts, activists and professionals of EU funded Human Rights master programmes globally.
Prof. Dr. Nivedita Prasad is a Professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She is the director of the German MA Program “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession” and teaches courses on Human Rights based Social Work, Intersectional Critical Social Work and methods for structural change in Social Work. She was awarded the first Anne-Klein Prize in 2012 for her ongoing dedication to the Human Rights of migrant women.
Lotti Ryberg Welander is licentiate of law and PhD in Sociology of law. She has been teaching law in social work since 2000 and is focusing on the welfare aspects of legal regulation. Her main interests are migration, human rights and international and supranational regulation of labour law and social security.
She is responsible of module A3 international law of the Master program SWHR.
She is assistant professor in social work with a speciality of Legal Science. Her research- interest concerns mainly Constitutional law, administrative Law and Human Rights. My PhD thesis described the rule of law in facilities providing involuntarily care and treatment for drug addicts in accordance with a Swedish legislation, The Care of Alcoholics and Drug abusers special provisions Act.
Here is a link to her website and publications:
Dr. Ingo Stamm is a social worker and currently working as a post-doc researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland He completed the German Master program Social Work as a Human Rights Profession in 2008 and received his PhD in Sociology at the University of Siegen in 2015. In his dissertation he examined the human right to social security in labour market policies in Germany and Finland. His fields of interests are human rights and poverty, social and solidarity economy and ecological social work. Apart from his academic work he is also active in FIAN Germany, which works for the human right to adequate food.
Here is a link to his website and publications:
Dr. Ronny Tikkanen is a a professional social worker and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work at the University of Gothenburg where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching areas dealing with research methods and gender and sexuality. He is course coordinator for courses at the advanced level and teach about sexuality, prevention and human rights and he has completed several large surveys in the area of sexuality and hiv-prevention. He is also a member of the executive committee of the EASSW (European Association of Schools of Social Work).
For further information on his publications visit the following website:
Prof. Darja Zaviršek, PhD. is sociologist, professor and chair of the „Department of Social Justice and Inclusion - Disability studies, gender and ethnicity" at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work and the honorable professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Since 2008 she is the president of the Eastern European Sub-Regional Association of the Schools of Social Work, at the IASSW and the board member of the IASSW. She was the co-founder and chair of the Indosow- International Doctoral Studies in Social Work, 2009-2014. She is the national representative in the Academic Network of European Disability Experts ANED at the level of the European Commission, EU. She supported the development of social work education in several Eastern European countries (Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo) and was recurrent visiting professor at different universities: Central European University (2005-2015, Gender Programme); University of Banja Luka (2000-2007, Dept of Social Work); University of Kiev Mohlya, Kiev, Ukraine (1997- 2010, Dept of Social Work); Tbilisi State University (2010-2015; doctoral studies Gender Programme); Univ. of Zuyd, Maastricht (1998-2011; international master programme). Currently she teaches at the Master Programme of the University of Applied Science Alice Salomon Berlin, "Social Work as a Human Rights Profession".
Areas of research: gender, disability, ethnicity studies, history of social work, violence. From 2012 – 2015 she served as the board member of the European Social Work Research Assitoation – ESWRA and in 2015, she was the organising Chair of the 5th European Social Work Research Conference in Ljubljana. In 2016 she was the International Hokenstad Lecturer at the anual CSWE conference. In 2017 her article "The humanitarian crisis of migration versus the crisis of humanitarianism: current dimensions and challenges for social work practice" became awarded as the International Social Work Article in the Social Work Education International Journal. She wrote, edited and co-edited 17 books in Slovenian and English language and wrote over hundreds of scientific and professional articles.
Darja Zaviršek (2000), Disability as a Cultural Trauma. Ljubljana cf.
Darja Zaviršek (2005), "With Diploma it was Easier to Work!" The 50th Anniversary of social work education in Slovenia. FSD, Ljubljana.
Shula Ramon and Darja Zaviršek eds (2009), Critical Edge Issues in Social Work and Social Policy. Comparative Research Perspective. Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana.
Darja Zaviršek & Birgit Rommelspacher & Silvia Staub Bernascone eds.(2010), Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work. International Perspective. Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana.
Darja Zaviršek (2012), From Blood to Care: Social Parenthood in Global World. [Od krvi do skrbi: socialno starševstvo v globalnem svetu] Aristej, Maribor. (in Slovenian language);
Darja Zaviršek, Ana Marija Sobočan eds (2012), Rainbow Families Go to School: Perspectives of Children, Parents and Teachers FSD, Ljubljana.
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