Summer school 2001

The list of participants Programme of Summer school 2001

In 2001 the Social Work programme at Saratov State Technical University celebrates 10 years anniversary. The Department of Social Anthropology and Social Work has hosted on the 2nd-13th June 2001 an International Summer School devoted to this anniversary. The School Social Work. Social Politics and Human Rights: research, education, practice that included five-days EDU-ACTION workshop was held at a resort Volzhskie Dali and has been co-sponsored by TEMPUS/Tacis Joint European Project Enhancing Professional Social Work Education in Russia and Civic Education Project. At the picturesque Volga embankment 50 participants of the School junior faculty members, researchers, social workers have been debating and studying acute issues of family and family policy, problems of foster families and rights of the child, gender issues of transitional society, perspectives of professional development of social work, status and problems of the disabled and migrants, methods of teaching social work as well as approaches to research into social problems and social politics. Lecturers were professors from Russia, USA and Sweden, while among the School participants there were representatives of universities and research centers of Russia, Belorus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, employees of social services of Saratov city and oblast, representatives of non-governmental organizations, students. The geography of Russian participants was very diverse: Tomsk, Irkuts, Almaty, Tashkent, Stavropol, Murmansk, Saransk, Ulianovsk, StPetersburg, Moscow.  

 At the opening ceremony the Minister of Labor and Social Development of Saratov oblast Alexandr Gatvinski has stressed the importance of professional education and research in development of quality of social work services in Russia. Saratov oblast Ombudsman Alexandr Lando has presented a lecture on the main issues of human rights and the work of ombudsman in the region. One of the features of this School was the dialogue philosophy of debates: when the politics of disablement was in the focus of discussion, people with disabilities joined the discussion at one round table with officials from the ministry of labor and social development as well as from the bureau of medical-social expertise. The academic discussion was thus enriched by the perspectives of medical professionals and people with disabilities who were students and leaders of local NGOs. 

Professor Margareta Bck-Wiklund from Goteborg University, Sweden, has given two lectures on family studies and family policy in Sweden. She told about de-familialization trends that has been sponsored by national family policy and specific ideology of Scandinavian welfare state. Ingrid Hjer, a lecturer at the same university has devoted her lectures to foster families routine and childrens rights. C.E.P. visiting lecturer in Omsk, Betsy Sweet, has been lecturing here on feminist research methodology in regards to oral history approach. She spoke about her recent findings in Omsk where she interviewed women of different age and occupation groups. C.E.P.-Bosh fellow at Saratov State Technical University Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova gave a lecture on professionalization of social work in current Russia. C.E.P.-Bosh fellow in Tver Anna Borodinas presentation was devoted to gender aspects of human rights. Alla Anisimova, a former Eastern Scholar of C.E.P. at Novosibirsk has given a report on her case studies in a small business organization. This report was a part of one-day seminar on case study methodology that was led by Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova and her colleague Pavel Romanov. The presentations of Saratov colleagues within that seminar have demonstrated the progress of the research into social services sponsored by MacArthur foundation. 

MacArthur foundation program have been presented the other day by Galina Ustinova (Moscow office). Ford foundation program of social policy research has been presented by Oksana Siniavskaia (Institute for Independent Social Policy Research, Moscow). Alexei Levinson (VTsIOM, Moscow) has given a lecture on public opinion in todays Russia on human rights and liberties. He also presented information about C.E.P. and the brochures have been distributed among the participants. Serguei Oushakine (New York, USA and Barnaul, Russia) apart from his lecture on multiculturalism has distributed information concerning current CEU and OSI programs. 

One of the days was devoted to the issues of multiculturalism in social work and education. The students of social anthropology and social work have presented a performance Picnic which was followed by a discussion of the meaning of local wars and armed conflicts for Russian citizens and a debate on drama approach in education. The intercultural communication simulation game Ba-Fa-Ba-Fa which has been brought from CEP student conference in Budapest by Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova was enthusiastically perceived by the participants. Afterwards the players expressed their opinions on cultural diversity and cultural competence in research, education and social work practice. 

The School has demonstrated that social work in todays Russia is developing from the form of occupation and social engineering into the realm of very important and interesting research in areas of sociological inquiry, public policy analysis, effectiveness studies.  One of the conclusions that the School participants have come to was related to the formulating of the new ideas of collaborative research projects, action and participatory research programs and educational exchange. The topics of those are connected to studying the consequences  of municipalization of enterprise welfare in Russia, development and implementation of civic education programs, social support network development for migrants, widening participation for youngsters with disabilities to higher education, comparative research in international and  cross-cultural perspectives, publication of the new textbooks, monographs and collections that will attract public attention to understanding the nature of social problems and ways of resolving them.  

The closing ceremony of the School was arranged in humorous and solemnity atmosphere.  The organizational committee in Master of Social Work ceremonial clothes caps and gowns has been handing out the certificates for successful completion of the School program to the participants. Afterwards there were symbolic prizes in humorous nominations awarded which were met with applauds and laugh. Later that evening included humorous competition for the best song about the School. Next day the city tour was arranged. 

The School participants have expressed hope to extend inter-regional and international educational and research initiatives in area of social work, gender studies, social politics and human rights. The organizers of the School have learned a lot from working during these ten days which will make next programs easier to implement and more effective. At the end of the School the feed-back questionnaires have been filled in by the participants. This was the first experience of Saratov department of social anthropology and social work to organize a summer school and there is a hope to continue in the future. A new application is being now prepared for gender studies summer school to be held in June 2002 with the support of Womens Network Program by OSI, Russia.  

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