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14.05.2019 | Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit, Studienzentrum Soziale Arbeit

International Summer School

Die Summer School ist eine Plattform für internationalen Austausch. Vom 3. bis 7. Juni 2019 treffen sich Studierende, Dozierende und Forschende aus unterschiedlichen Ländern zum Thema «Social Work in the Digital Age».

Summer School 2019

Die Summer School wird in Kooperation mit der Hogeschool van Amsterdam und der Hogeschool Arnhem en Nijmegen veranstaltet und findet dieses Jahr in Muttenz statt. Aufgrund der internationalen Zusammensetzung der Teilnehmenden wird sie in Englisch durchgeführt.

Social Work in the Digital Age – How Digital Developments and Digital Inequalities Shape Modern Discourse in Social Work Theory and Practic

In many societies, digital incompetence is equal to social exclusion. The digital divide between privileged and underprivileged populations is rapidly expanding to the increasing advantage of the digital literate. Social work must be cognisant of the challenges facing those affected by this inequality. The main question is: How does digital inequality affect family, work, leisure, education, human rights, and ethics?

The 2019 Summer School aims to provide participants from various countries with an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of «the digital age», its challenges and chances, problems and progresses, and inconsistencies. The phenomenon of digital inequalities and various related issues require close attention and critical reflection. International participants will discuss the current discourse on digital developments, new forms of media use, and different forms of inequalities with a view to developing a broad perspective on this key issue. They will consider how the new media have changed human communication and how social work has adapted to widespread digital change over the past 20 years. Other topics include how digital inequalities shape modern discourses in social work theory and practice. Key questions include:

  • Why do digital inequalities matter for social work practices and professionals in various contexts? Which parts of the population are especially vulnerable to digital challenges?
  • How are social work education, theory, and practice affected by the challenges stemming from the current digital and technical developments and discourses in society?
  • From a philosophical and sociological point of view, what makes the digital age a challenge for modern societies? More specifically, how does it shape social work discourses regarding digital inequality, human rights, and ethical standards?

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