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Issues such as global, national and local development initiatives, factors stimulating social change, challenges presented by migration and immigration, and support for young people in the school-to-work transition will be discussed during the International Symposium Development, Society, Education and Youth, organized by Youth Research LAB at SWPS University.


International SYPOSIUM


Development, Society, Education and Youth








Organizers: Youth Research LAB, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Issues such as global, national and local development initiatives, factors stimulating social change, challenges presented by migration and immigration, and support for young people in the school-to-work transition will be discussed during the International Symposium Development, Society, Education and Youth, organized by Youth Research LAB at SWPS University.

Scientists, researchers and educators from different parts of the world will come together to share their knowledge development issues at the international, national and local levels.


12 2017


Focus of the Symposium

The discussion will focus on the role of development and ways of supporting community development across different regions of the world. The countries that will serve as case-study examples, include the United States, Poland and Israel.

It is a misconception that development does not matter for the developed societies. The recent presidential campaign in the United States has demonstrated the pivotal, from the social point of view, importance of infrastructure shortcomings (e.g. roads, airports, train stations) and the lack of social welfare support system such as healthcare. Other challenges influencing development around the world include the influx of immigrants and migrant remittances into different global localities. For example, Israel is not a uniform country in that respect. It is enjoying a fast development, yet it is facing multiple simultaneously emergent developmental needs, particularly on the local level. Poland, after the fall of communism, is a country experiencing the so called segmented development, which means that in some areas it is developing very well (for example the infrastructure which is supported by funding from the EU), while in others the growth is difficult. Additionally, issues such as social capital, equality and diversity present their own, highly complex, development dynamics.

The opening lecture of the symposium on Community Development Model: Application for Developing Community Programs, by Professor Barbara Klimek from Arizona State University's School of Social Work, will take place on January 11th at SWPS University.

Objectives of the symposium

  • To map the relevant and development-related topics at the international, national and local level by looking at the three examples of the American, Israeli and Polish societies, with reference to the so called social work and social policy matters, as well as migration and youth.

  • To discuss the potential option of transnational educational programs centered on ‘Development & Society’, provided in English, at SWPS University.

  • To specify the target audience and participants of the educational programs that would revolve around global issues and would be offered in Poland. Further, to discuss employment prospects for graduates of these programs.

  • To address funding options for research on development issues.


January 11th 2017, Wednesday

Professor Tomaszewski Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor

18.00 Keynote lecture on Community Development Model: Application for Developing Community Programs by Professor Barbara Klimek. It is the 2nd lecture in the series "The Challenges to the Humanities in the 21st Century" organized by the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at SWPS University.

January 12th 2017, Thursday

Conference Room, 4th Floor

10.00 Networking tea & coffee

10.15 Opening words by Professor Sylwiusz Retowski, Vice-Rector for Education; Professor Piotr Skurowski, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; and Professor Teresa Gardocka, Head of School of Law

10.30 Using e-learning and blended learning in academic practice by Dr. Sylwia Maciaszczyk (30 min.)

11.00 Discussion (15 min.)

11.15 Mapping studies on development & society in USA by Professor Barbara Klimek, Arizona State University (30 min.)

11.45 Mapping studies on development & society in Israel (Dr. Ruth Eitan and Dr. Merav Moshe, Sapir College, Israel, online) (30 min.)

12.30 Mapping studies on development & society in Central and Eastern Europe by Professor Izabela Grabowska, SWPS University (30 min.)

13.00 Discussion (30 min.)

13.30 Lunch

14.15 Social work in Poland (with special focus on youth) by Professor Piotr Sałustowicz (30 min.)

14.45 Outcomes of system transformation in Central and Eastern Europe (with special focus on youth) by Professor Mikolaj Cześnik, SWPS University (30 min.)

15.15 Youth, migration and development with special focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Team of Youth Research LAB at SWPS University (30 min.)

16.00 Discussions in sub-groups

Group 1. Combining social work & development in an educational program
Group 2. Youth, migration & development in an educational program

17.00-17.45 Roundtable discussion

RSVP: youth@swps.edu.pl


The symposium is opened to all researchers interested in community development. Please, register by e-mail: youth@swps.edu.pl.


Justyna Sarnowska
Assistant Youth Research LAB

e-mail: jsarnowska@swps.edu.pl

Date and Location

January 12, 2017, Thursday, 10.00–18.00

SWPS University
Conference Room, 4th Floor 
Chodakowska 19/31, Warsaw



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