Unit description

Introduces students to issues and challenges experienced by people with a disability from a personal, social and professional perspective.   Examines theories of disability including social and medical models.  Discusses and evaluates theoretical frameworks used within community settings; and the benefits and challenges of legislation and policy for good practice.

Unit content

Topic1: Understanding Disability

  • Historical context
  • Definitions of disability
  • The different types of disability
  • Context of disability from an individual, social and professional perspective
  • Issues and barriers faced by people who have a disability

Topic 2: From Theory to Practice

  • Theories of disablement: social and medical models
  • Ethics, risk assessment and  paternalistic practice
  • Social inclusion
  • Social justice issues

Topic 3: Disability Politics

  • Disability legislation and policy
  • Implications of legislation and policy on practice
  • Good practice: what is it and who decides?

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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