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Disability, Diversity and Inclusion (UNIB30012)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeUNIB30012
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Drawing on both the lived experience of people with disability and faculty members from a variety of disciplines, this subject will explore the place of people with disability in our community. The subject matter will challenge stereotypes of ‘inability’ and ‘dependence’, and examine how people with disability can and do assume socially valued roles in society. The material to be covered will be both theoretical (e.g., medical vs social vs integrated models of understanding disability) and practical (e.g., exploring ways of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), and include the presentation of research evidence supporting how we might achieve an inclusive society where all people ‘are free to be themselves among others’.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Be able to interpret and critically evaluate the various theoretical frameworks influencing our understanding of the nature of disability, and how these influence policy, practices, and the everyday experiences of people with disability.
  • Have knowledge of contemporary research findings concerning the inclusion of people with disability in society.
  • Have an understanding of what constitutes good practice in contemporary disability research and inclusive practice.
  • Have knowledge of a range of programmes and initiatives that support the inclusion of people with disability in our everyday community; including in the areas of housing, education, employment, health care, the law and political engagement, the arts, and recreation.
  • Have developed the basic skills necessary to engage with people with disability, with a variety of communication support needs, to work with them in academic, workplace and every-day community settings.

Generic skills

  • Problem-solving skills and the confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems, especially those involving working with and the inclusion of people of diverse abilities, interests and needs in everyday settings.
  • Analytic skills applied to the evaluation of social policy effecting people with complex social, legal, and clinical support needs, arising from disability.
  • Skills in written and oral communication, applied to the preparation and presentation of material suitable for both an academic and a community audience.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Hurdle requirement
  • hours
  • Hurdle requirement: Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of assessment must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Throughout the semesterN/A
  • 30 Minute Small Group Presentation (1,000 word-equivalent per student) and facilitated class discussion. Presentions will be held through the teaching period –with a presentation calendar to be agreed at the first tutorial.
  • 1,000 words
Throughout the semester25%
  • An Annotated Bibliography of research and policy documents on a specific disability-related topic (identified by individual students, with assistance from the Subject Co-ordinator) (1,000 words)
  • 1,000 words
End of semester25%
  • A Project Proposal, outlining a project and appropriate evaluation, to promote the inclusion of people with disability in some element of society (2,000 words)
  • 2,000 words
During examination period50%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKeith Mcvilly
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 contact hours per semester. A two hour lecture and a one hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 22 January 2019