Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Working with people with disabilities to support their rights and choices is an integral part of disability practice. In this subject, students will learn about ethical challenges faced by people with disabilities and by professionals in supporting the exercise of human rights. Debates in key topics to be explored will include personhood and citizenship, autonomy and self-determination, capacity to consent, the ethics of care, dignity of risk and duty of care, sexuality and reproductive rights.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMary Walker

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsDIS506

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The faces of intellectual disability: Philosophical reflections

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCarlson, A., L.



PublisherIndiana University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Cognitive disability and its challenge to moral philosophy.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorKittay, E., F., & Carlson, A., L.



PublisherWiley Blackwell


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Evaluate the concept of the 'dignity of risk' and its relation to duty of care for people with disabilities.
02. Critically evaluate ethical challenges that present when supporting decision-making approaches for people with cognitive disabilities.
03. Select and critically evaluate the ethical issues that arise in a selected disability-related topic.
04. Interpret and transmit knowledge about various disability-related debates and how their resolution is reflected in current legislation.
05. Reflect on a given profession's code of ethics and its relationship to current disability-related legislation.

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMary Walker

Class requirements

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Three 1.00 hour scheduled online class every three weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 10.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Risk Forum (750-word equivalent).  Online forum to discuss and evaluate scenarios related to dignity of risk and nature of support provided.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1

Ethical Perspectives Evaluation (1 x 2,500-word equivalent).  Report evaluating reasons for different ethical perspectives by different people in a given scenario involving approaches to supporting a person with cognitive disability.

N/AOtherIndividualNo45 SILO2, SILO3

Guardianship Case (2,500-word equivalent).  Prepare a case for presentation at the Guardianship Board about appointing a guardian to make decisions about a given scenario involving a person with cognitive disability (e.g. sterilization, person's place of residence).

N/AOtherIndividualNo45 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5