Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Examines the social construction of disability and theories of disablement. Introduces students to lived experiences of disability and the material, cultural and socio-political consequences of ableism and intersectionality. Critically analyses legislation, policy and practice in this field and promotes practices that  enable social justice and social inclusion..

Unit content

Topic 1: The discourse of disability

Topic 2: Issues and barriers

Topic 3: Theories of Disablement

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour  (9 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours  (9 weeks)
Discussion board30%
Exam: take home40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour  (9 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours  (9 weeks)
Discussion board30%
Exam: take home40%

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

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