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  • We are planning to return to Bosnia again this summer for the 13th year. The course "Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response" will be taught again by Ann Petrila, MSW, MPA, Professor of the Practice at DU's Graduate School of Social Work. 

  • Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response

    Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response is a course open to all GSSW students and fulfills the Values Course or Elective requirement for all GSSW Concentrations. It also fulfills a requirement for the Global Social Work Certificate. Students are provided with the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the social work response in post-war, post-genocide Bosnia through a social justice lens. The social, cultural, historical, political, economic, religious, legal and ethnic characteristics of the former Yugoslavia will be explored as context for studying the genocide that occurred in the l990s against the Bosnian Muslims.

    As part of the pre-departure portion of the program, Bosnia in Transition course participants will attend 3 class sessions on select Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 8:50 pm) during Spring Quarter. Classes will meet in person with a zoom option for those living outside of the Denver area.

    In addition to the learning that will occur in the classroom at GSSW, students will travel to Bosnia for 2 weeks in June/July.  In-country dates are June 23 - July 6.  If traveling from the U.S. you would need to leave on June 22nd because of the time difference. Students will be exposed firsthand to the local, national and international efforts toward rebuilding and healing, through lectures provided by faculty at the University of Sarajevo School of Social Work, interaction with Bosnian social work students, visits to NGOs focused on the post-war efforts, visits to sites important during the war, visits to war tribunal sites, and exposure to current legal, economic and human service processes. A key element of the program is the time spent with survivors of the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica genocide. 

  • 2024 Spring quarter class dates and in-country dates

    2024 Bosnia in Transition course dates

    Spring quarter course dates in person in Denver (or via zoom):

    Wednesday April 10;  6-9pm

    Wednesday May 1;  6-9 pm

    Wednesday May 22;  6-9pm


    Students in-country dates: June 22 (arrive in Sarajevo June 23) – July 6


  • Students meet Nura Begović, Vice-President of the Association of Women in Srebrenica-Tuzla, to learn about the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. 

  • 2024 Class Syllabus coming soon. 



  • Draft In-Country Schedule 2024

    SOWK 4762 Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response






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