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Semester 1 - Online
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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.
- 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.
Last updated: 8 August 2023