2020 unit offering information will be available in September 2019

Unit aim

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: The discourse of disability
             - Social construction of disability
             - Critical reflections and views on disability
             - Types of disability

Topic 2: Issues and barriers faced by people with Disabilities

Topic 3: Theories of Disablement
             - Social constructionism
             - Critical theories of disability
             - Intersectional theories
             - Ecological theories
             - Marxist theories

Topic 4: Social Inclusion, social justice and advocacy

Topic 5: Community interventions and practice models

Topic 6: Violence, safety and Disability

Topic 7: Disability legislation and policy

Topic 8: The National Disability Insurance Scheme

Topic 9: Rethinking  and Re-imagining 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

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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