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Social Work and Social Policy Issues at the International Level: Challenges, Contradictions and Solutions
Degree course | July 21 – July 25, 2014

The social work summer course aims to provide a unique educational experience and opportunity to understand some of the latest developments in the social work profession. This summer we will look beyond the traditional social work practice areas to explore together new fields and ideas.

The course consists of three parts.

Madness as Human Experience  

The first two days of our program  (Monday and Tuesday) will be dedicated to a unique human experience. Traditionally, mental health problems have been considered an issue of medical care. This course presents the latest developments in the mental health field to show the human face of mental health problems and the new paradigm of recovery. Representatives of the user movements from different countries will participate in the course to offer service users, professionals, activists, and students a new understanding about the nature of mental health problems and the perspectives that user-oriented approaches bring to this field. This part of the course will be organized in cooperation with Tallinn Mental Health Center, the Estonian Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation, and CARe Europe. 


Social Enterprises: Using Your Creativity and Sensitivity

The second part of the course held on Wednesday and Thursday consists of lectures and seminars/workshops on social enterprises. It is not only start-ups and art projects that can be cool and creative. With a good idea that has both value for rehabilitation and business potential, people who face disadvantages can turn from “patients” and “clients” into citizen participants and even entrepreneurs. Social enterprises are moving the design and image of modern rehabilitation services in fascinating directions, emphasizing the abilities of every individual and the creative side of social work. 


Research Seminar

On the fifth day (Friday), the course will continue with lectures and seminars focused on science in social work. More information on the research seminar can be found here.

Room M340

See also  video interviews with Tallinn Summer School participants and read the diary of 2013.


The course is open for all, including interested students from BA; MA, PhD levels and practitioners from social work or related fields.

Credit points

3 ECTS will be given to participants who will complete the first two courses (Madness as Human Experience and Social Enterprises) and 1 ECTS will be given for research day participation. 

Course fee

All 3 courses: 250 EUR. For students 200 EUR.
Madness as Human Experience: 100 EUR. For students 80 EUR. 
Social Enterprises: 100 EUR. For students 80 EUR. 
Research Seminar: 50 EUR. For students 40 EUR. 

Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.


Information about course content: Koidu Saia |

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