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The scientific interface of sociology and social work as professional provinces dates back to the historical roots of social science. The broad perspective of sociology, its interest in advanced theory, and emphasis on societal and personal issues coupled with social work’s dedication to the spirit of human progress and an agenda for social betterment constitute a fertile ground for interdisciplinary collaboration. Historically, this collaboration has proven productive, with ample promise for successfully addressing Grand Challenges of our times and beyond.
Social work is on a quest to shape a science for itself, as illustrated by University of Southern California’s 2011 conference on this theme (see September 2012 issue of Research on Social Work Practice). Social work has also embarked on a journey to formulate and address Grand Challenges that exist in areas such as fragmented systems of health and mental health care, issues of oppression and social stigma, and a need to reform the child welfare system. In all, these and other efforts to promote interdisciplinary interaction between sociology and social work may help create a better world.
Center for Public Policy and Administration
Institute of Social and Political Sciences
Oslo University College
Department of Sociology and Social Work
November 5, 2013
Deadline for Submission of Papers:
December 15, 2013
Notification of Accepted Papers:
February 1, 2014
Final Online Registration:
May 18, 2014
Note: Onsite registration available.
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May 19-20, 2014
*Please note that there are a limited number of seats at this conference.
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