Reflective Processes in Social Work - extended application deadline

University of Stavanger, Faculty of Social Sciences, in cooperation with University of Agder invites to a PhD course (5 ECTS) on Reflective Processes in Social Work in week 37 (10th – 14th September) 2018.


Social work develops within local, national and global contexts. Reflectivity is to see and understand oneself within a context. Through this course students will reflect and theorize social workers understanding of her/himself and their practices. Students will reveal their subjectivity related to background, professional position and current PhD project.

Content and objectives

Reflectivity in Social Work will be emphasized through discursive, ethical, narrative and critical processes. The aim of the course is to enable participants to strengthen their critical reflections and to increase understanding of situational and contextual practices. To enhance reflective processes the course will provide knowledge about ethical dimensions in Social Work, professional discretion, different discourses and narrative approaches.

Read the Course Description here.

The application deadline has been extended until September 1st 2018.

There are still available places, and there will be continuous admissions to the course.

Contact: Nadia Sandsmark


Academic profiles:

Karen Healy is a guest professor at the University of Stavanger and a Professor of Social Work at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.  Her research focuses on promoting the social inclusion of vulnerable children, young people and families. She has written several books and numerous articles on social work practice including "Social Work Theories in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice" which has been translated into several languages.  Professor Healy currently serves as the National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers and is a National Director of The Benevolent Society which is Australia's oldest not-for-profit organisation.

Siv Oltedal is a professor of Social Work at the University of Stavanger. Her research concerns social work with families in different contexts, social work processes, gender and studies of the relationship between professionals and users at Norwegian Welfare Services. She has published textbooks on social work theories and institutional communication. Her profile on international research and educational collaboration includes Cuba, Chile, Malawi, South Africa, Russia, USA, Canada, Australia and the Nordic countries.

Tor Claussen is a professor of Philosophy and Social Science at the University of Stavanger. His recent research concerns founders and classics in philosophy and social science/social work. Additionally, current research emphasis is on professional discretion in welfare services with focus on “Street-Level Bureaucracy”. Empirical research connects with issues in work life and organizations concerning both private and public sector. He has published several books, articles, special issues and research reports within these topics.

Vishanthie Sewpaul was a Professor in the College of Education, Zayed University, and a Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa (UKZN), where she remains an Emeritus Professor. She occupies a Professor II position at University of Stavanger.  She has extensive teaching and research supervision experience; is widely published; and has delivered numerous special lectures, and keynote and plenary addresses in many countries. Social work research, practice and teaching with a focus on ethics, social justice, human rights and emancipatory education remain her passion.

Randi Kroken is associated professor of Social Work at University of Agder. Her PhD (2012) is about Mangement and Responsibility. A casestudy of child welfare workers scope of action and work division within the welfare state (Norwegian: Forvandling av ansvar. En utvidet casestudie av barnevernarbeideres handlingsbetingelser i velferdsstaten).

Solveig Botnen Eide is professor of Social Work Ethics at the University of Agder. Her research concerns with values in social work, ethical challenges in practical social work and professional ethics.  Her work is characterized by a phenomenological approach. She has pubilced several  scientific books and articles.


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