THE CONTEMPORARY DISABILITY LANDSCAPE
Credit points: 15
This subject provides the theoretical underpinnings of the current disability landscape. It gives students a strong conceptual foundation for thinking about the contemporary position of people with disability in society and its comparison with an earlier historic period, understanding the aims of current disability policies and the nature of specialist disability and mainstream service systems available to people with a disability. Students will consider different models for understanding disability and the way these frame the 'problem' of disability, policy aspirations and services. The key features of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Disability Strategy (NDS) as major reforms and their implications for professionals working in mainstream or specialist services will be explored. Students will examine the conceptual differences between impairment and disability, the interplay between these, and the rationale for impairment specific knowledge in adjusting social settings such as schools, places of employment or community groups to be inclusive of people with disabilities.
SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport
Subject Co-ordinatorSian Anderson
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites Must be admitted into HCADP
Incompatible subjects ADP5CDL
Equivalent subjects DIS502
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Disability: The Basics||Prescribed||Shakespeare, T. (2018)||Routledge|
|Readings||Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited||Recommended||Shakespeare, T. (2014)||Routledge: Abingdon|
|Readings||Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies||Recommended||Watson, N., Roulstone, A., Thomas, C. (2012)||Routledge: Abingdon|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Analyse the interaction between the concepts of impairment and disability.
- Students to read/watch videos about concepts of impairment, and disability. They then apply their learning by engaging in a moderated online 'concepts' forum discussion.
02. Compare and contrast perspectives on the citizenship of people with disability in society with an earlier historic period.
- Reading text and critically reviewing the literature presented on the online resource 'History of Kew Cottages'. They then apply their learning by engaging in a moderated online 'historical perspectives' forum discussion.
03. Interpret and transmit knowledge about the theoretical models of disability embedded in current disability policies.
- Students to read about disability policies and will be provided with various case scenarios to determine their application to practice. Assessment will be a disability policy report (see assessments).
04. Evaluate the changes that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Disability Strategy (NDS) brings to mainstream service systems.
- Students will read and watch videos about the NDIS and the user-experience. Assessment will be a disability policy report (see assessments).
05. Critically reflect on different models of disability from different perspectives and their influence on individual practice, policy and programs.
- Reading text and reviewing online video content. Students will use the materials to inform their preparation of a proposal to a Board of Management which suggests ways in which improvements could be made to the responsiveness of a mainstream service (of the student#s choosing).
06. Critique the extent to which services are responsive to people with disabilities and reflect the principles that underpin them.
- Students to prepare a proposal to a Board of Management which suggests ways in which improvements could be made to the responsiveness of a mainstream service (of the student's choosing).
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Online, 2020, Semester 2, Online
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSian Anderson
Unscheduled Online Class
One 11.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
|Concept discussion forum (500-word equivalent)||Students to use online forum to discuss disability-related concepts. Marking rubric to specify the structure of the forum discussion.||10||01|
|Historical perspectives forum (500-word equivalent)||Students to use online forum to discuss historical perspectives. Marking rubric to specify the structure of the forum discussion.||10||02|
|Disability Policy Report (2,000-word equivalent)||Interpretation and evaluation of disability policies and how they apply to practice.||40||03|
|Services Proposal (2,000-word equivalent)||Proposal to Board of Management about suggested changes to mainstream services.||40||04, 05, 06|