Tim Tausendfreund, lecturer at the ZHAW School of Social Work, reports from this year’s study exchange with the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen (Netherlands).
Since the beginnings of the welfare state, Dutch models have always been among the most influential forms of intervention of their time. This year’s study exchange did explore why this was the case, what we can learn from it today and which opportunities and risks may arise in the future. Our core theme this year was poverty and the social issues and interventions surrounding it.
Sigrid Haunberger, lecturer and project manager, ZHAW University of Applied Sciences, Department Social Work, reports from her Swissnex exchange week in Detroit in February.
Shortly after my arrival, U.S. National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory with dangerous temperatures of -25°F to -35°F for the next 24 hours in Metro Detroit. Many local schools and colleges shut down due to the ‘cold day’ weather on Wednesday and Thursday, because of life threatening conditions. I have never before experienced such an icy cold, also inside my room in the beautiful Historic Hotels of America at Ferry Street. No matter, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
Merav, student of the ASH in Berlin and Virginia & Alexandra, students of the ZHAW School of Social Work, report from the «International Course: Migration and Social Work» in Fribourg.
As a part of the International Course we have been introduced by Prof. Dr. Giada De Coulon and Joyce Bitzberger to the topic «media and migration». The lecture emphasized on different methods of rising journalists’ awareness to the effects of their writings on the public discourse, concerning the subject area of migration. They have been demonstrating us with a few examples how easily the content of an article can be put out of context, effecting people’s deepest fears and reshape their social beliefs.
Mary Collins, professor at Boston University School of Social Work, reports from her visit at the ZHAW School of Social Work in Zurich.
I was very pleased to spend a week in Zurich and have the opportunity to meet with such excellent social work colleagues at ZHAW. In the past, we have had faculty from ZHAW visit us at Boston University School of Social Work. I had previously met Franziska Widmer in her visits to Boston and she graciously invited me to ZHAW and hosted me during this visit. In addition to the many scholars at ZHAW (particularly in the Institute of Childhood, Youth, and Family and the Institute of Management and Social Policy), I had the opportunity to lecture in Franziska’s class, and to visit two social services agencies serving the needs of vulnerable children and families.
Jelco Caro, senior lecturer at the Hanzehogeschool and Tim Tausendfreund, lecturer at the ZHAW School of Social Work, are already in full preparation for the annual international study exchange with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. It will take place in Groningen from 12-15 February 2019 with the focus on «the transitions and transformations of the social».
To share their enthusiasm about our collaboration with you and give you something to ponder about in the meantime, they prepared a little video teaser. Featuring a pinch of suspense, tons of questions and the slight dizzy feeling of fast paced inspiration that study trips can be accompanied by. Curious? Check it out!
Daniela Schmid and Uwe Koch, employees at the ZHAW School of Social Work, report from the study exchange with students from the Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Welcoming the other and critically questioning one’s own, are two core competencies for a successful transnational dialogue. Our established study exchange with the Wright State University from Dayton, Ohio themes around the topic of «Social Welfare» in Switzerland and the United States of America. We are spending two incredibly inspiring weeks thanks to an exciting program, the students’ curiosity and our wonderful hosts in the field of social work.
Tim Tausendfreund, lecturer at the ZHAW School of Social Work, reports from the study exchange with students from the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen (Netherlands).
Welcoming the other and critically questioning one’s own, are two core competencies for a successful transnational dialogue. Our study exchange this year themed around the topic of «human rights issues» in Switzerland. It was an incredibly inspiring week for all of us thanks to the students’ curiosity and our wonderful hosts out there in the field.
A delegation of employees of the ZHAW School of Social Work reports from the visit at Wayne State University School of Social Work in Detroit.
In Detroit, we experienced incredibly exciting days. Detroit is a city of 677’000 inhabitants in the US-state Michigan which has a rich industrial and music history (e.g. Motown, Techno). Detroit experienced a substantial social crisis in the aftermath of the economic crisis of 2008 and the downturn of the local automobile industry. The city lost a large part of its workforce (and tax payers). For comparison: In 1950 the population was 1’850’000. Examples for the biggest social issues are poverty, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse or crime.