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Disability and Global Development (POPH90088)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90088
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Disability inclusion has recently emerged as a priority in global development. This reflects growing global concern over extreme poverty, poor health outcomes and inequity, alongside the understanding that many health and development interventions are not reaching those most excluded or most at-risk. This subject equips students to critically analyse barriers to participation in contemporary health and development practice, so that they will better understand the imperative and complexity of inclusion. Drawing on real-world case studies and practitioner experience, which includes both people with and without disabilities. This subject explores key issues concerning disability measurement and investigates the correlates of disability, rights, health and well-being.

Experts in the field of disability inclusion present contemporary examples of development practice to demonstrate the challenges of, and opportunities for, ensuring inclusion across multiple sectors, including: health; employment; education; and disaster risk reduction. Assessment items for this subject build on key principles of inclusion and their application to real-world problems of contemporary concern. Students who undertake this subject will develop skills and strategies to advance solutions relating to poverty elimination, empowerment and participation in their current and/or future work.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Critique key models of disability and how approaches to disability in development have evolved over time;
  • Analyse emerging challenges and opportunities for disability inclusive development within contemporary global development frameworks and commitments;
  • Appraise how key principles and approaches to disability inclusion are applied in select areas of contemporary development practice;
  • Evaluate global development practices in terms of inclusion, accessibility and barriers to participation, for people with disability.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Oral communication
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Ability to make connections between theoretical concepts and everyday practice

Last updated: 19 July 2019