Course module - Learning Disability: Policy and Practice
Code : EDUC10082 Credit rating: 10 Semester : 2
This unit aims to generate an understanding of the place in society of learning disabled children and adults and how organised services have resulted from that place, as society itself has changed. The unit is taught alongside the practical placement, and aims to draw on this, to enable students to put the teaching and reading into a practical context.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
Knowledge and understanding
To examine the place in society of learning disabled people.
To look, historically and currently, at the service response to people who are learning disabled.
To consider the effect of services on the lives of people who use them.
To examine policy and legislation affecting services.
To draw on students' practical experiences of services in relation to the above objectives.
Demonstrate and ability to articulate and explore personal values and their relationship to work with learning disabled people.
Develop study and research skills, including use of library resources, references, critical reading and reflective writing.
Develop skills in the assessment and evaluation of theoretical ideas and factual information.
Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with learning disabled people, drawing on the skills and knowledge on the programme.
Form appropriate and supportive relationships with learning disabled children and adults.
Have acquired fundamental presentational, ICT, information retrieval, analytical and organisational skills.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Communicate effectively, verbally, non-verbally and in writing.
Develop basic ICT communication and information retrieval skills.
Develop skills towards becoming an independent and self-motivating learner, including the organisation of time, information and study materials.
Develop a range of study skills, including the retrieval of information and location of sources.
Apply knowledge and understanding to practice.
Develop basic interpersonal skills in working with lecturers and fellow students, in individual and group situations.
Assignment - 2,000 words - 100%
The course unit will introduce the following content areas:
Historical and current views of learning disabled people.
History of services - residential, educational, day and other service models.
Policy and legislation such as Valuing People (2001) and Valuing People Now (2009)
Reflections on service provision and its effects, using personal experience.
Future trends in services.
Carnaby, S. (2005). Learning Disability Today. Brighton: Pavilion.
Department of Health (2001). Valuing People A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century. London: Department of Health. Available to download from: http://www.archive.official-documents.co.uk/document/cm50/5086/5086.pdf
Department of Health (2009). Valuing People Now: a new three year strategy for people with learning disabilities. London. Department of Health. Available to download from: http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_093375.pdf
Grant, G., Ramcharan, P., Flynn, M. And Richardson, M. (2010) Learning Disability: A Life Cycle Approach. Maidenhead, Open University Press.
Race, D. (Ed) (2002). Learning Disability: A Social Approach, London: Routledge.
Disability Rights Task Force: