PSY40500 Perspectives on Disability

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module provbides students with an introduction to the broad range of perspectives on disability. The module explores physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities that are both congenital and acquired, as well as mental health difficulties and other chronic conditions. The module is grounded in a disability studies framework, and within this context will consider the experiences of these groups from the perspectives of theory, research and application. Centrl to the module is the development of critical evaluation skills.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will: 1) Have an understanding of the broad spectrum of disabilities effecting people, 2) Be aware of the influence of major theoretical perspectives on disability, 3)Be able to identify and critque the issues for the major disability groupings in modern society evident in research and practice literature.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to models of disability
Intellectual Disability
Mental Health
Physical and sensory disability
Autism and developmental disabilities
Lifespan perspectives on disability
Chronic illness and disability

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is structured as a series of seminars led by expert practitioners, where students are presented with the seminar material, and encouraged to work though the key topics with a focus on their application to their own work setting. Discussion is central to supporting students to reflect on challenges and solutions and apply these issues to their own experience. Students share their experience of the relevant issues with their peers. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

1) An honours BA at 2.2 Honours level or above 2) To be working with a relevant client group 3) To register for the other modules which comprise the MSc in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Learning Recommendations:

Some prior experience working with a relevant client group

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY20100 - Disability Studies, PSY40100 - Disability Awareness

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Attendance and participation Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Critical consideration of issues in disability Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Referencing Task Week 5 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short reflection on the nature of disability Week 5 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are provided with written feedback following completion of the mid-semester and final assignment

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  

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