Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Amsterdams Kenniscentrum voor Maatschappelijke Innovatie

Social Work: Participation and Welfare State

Social Work Summer School 2016


The growing demand for citizen participation characterizes the widespread changes in social policies in European welfare states. During this summer school participants will explore various concepts of participation, as well as their consequences for the lives of citizens, the practice of professionals and the development of professions.

Deelnemers van de summer school MSW 2015

Social Work Summer School 2015

The general aim of this summer school is to start a collaborative and joint process of exchange and discussion on four kinds of participation in European welfare states: political, economic, civic and social participation. The Social Work Summer School 2016 is both a conference and a course, with presentations and assignments. It is organized, this year by, the social work master programs of three universities: University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, HAN University of Applied Sciences and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Proposals for presentations

Studying professionals (Ba-Ma-PhD), lecturers, researchers and experienced professionals are invited to submit a proposal related to the key questions. Besides your contribution, you can, of course, participate during the whole week of the summer school. See below on how to submit a proposal.

Assignments during the week

You can also participate in the summer school without a proposal and collaborate on the assignment formulated by your university during the week. Together we hope to form a learning community for a week, making participation not only what we talk about, but also what we practice. See below on how to register for participation.

In terms of social work theory, you will become acquainted with international differences between welfare states and their local social policies, social problems and their circumstances, and concepts of participation.

With respect to relevant interventions in contexts of participation you will meet a range of examples both from practice and from research.

The confrontation with other countries’ approaches to challenges of participation often invokes a rediscovery of and a reflection on the rationale behind your own country's, regional or local approach.

In the mornings, first there are lectures on the four main themes by keynote speakers. Each theme will be elaborated in parallel workshops and presentations by students, researchers and professionals later in the morning and after lunch.

Participating students will work in the afternoons on an assignment formulated by their universities. These assignments are embedded in the opening meeting on Monday and closing session on Friday.

A guided tour to various social work organizations is part of the larger social program which will also include a number of informal meetings with food and drinks.

Entry requirements Good command of the English language
Language English
Start/End-date Monday June 6 - Friday June 10
Study load 5 days per weeks from 09.00-17.00 excluding excluding the social program.
Credits ECTS based on your university's arrangement
Type of diploma Certificate Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

The guidelines and requirements for presentations or workshops are described in the call for proposals, which also includes a description of the four key questions we will explore during the week. The deadline is March 1 st 2016, but you are kindly encouraged to submit your proposal as early as possible. We will do all we can to react within two weeks!

Participation in the Social Work Summer School 2016 is free and includes a social program. You will need to arrange getting to Amsterdam, a place to stay and meals. And you will have to register online, so we can make a list of participants. Registration is from January 1 st - May 1 st 2016.

There is a wide variety of housing arrangements you can make: through airBnB, friends or relatives, in youth hostels or through international student boards. But, be aware that summer is a busy time so make sure you book well in advance. Don't wait too long before making the arrangement, in this case it's often 'first come, first serve'.

Some options:



Youth hostels:


shelter.nl (Christian hostel)






Gepubliceerd door  AKMI 8 februari 2016