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

Topic 1: Understanding disability

Topic 2: Types of disability

Topic 3: Intellectual disability

Topic 4: Issues and barriers faced by people with disabilities

Topic 5: Stigma and theories of disablement

Topic 6: Social inclusion and social justice issues

Topic 7: Disability legislation and policy

Topic 8: The National Disability Insurance Scheme

Topic 9: Policy into practice

Topic 10: Good practice in disability

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (9 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (9 weeks)
Discussion board20%
Exam: take home50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (9 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (9 weeks)
Discussion board20%
Exam: take home50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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