Course module - Introduction to Disability Studies
Code : EDUC10412 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 2
This unit aims to:
To engage course members with a critical approach to understanding society, drawing upon a range of social theories used within disability studies to reflect on the position of learning disabled people.
To introduce a range of political ideologies and explore links to social theory
To explore basic ideas around morality and ethics
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
Knowledge and understanding
Introduce course members to a range of political perspectives and social theories
Explore a sample of key themes and substantive issues in social theory
To consider the impact of social structures and social processes on the lives of disabled and learning disabled people.
To identify the range of ethical dilemmas in practice.
To define the boundaries of service user/provider relationships, with an emphasis on confidentiality and accountability.
To identify and discuss the issues surrounding morally active practice.
Demonstrate an ability to articulate and explore personal values and their relationship to work with learning disabled people.
Develop skills in the assessment and evaluation of theoretical ideas and factual information.
Develop skills in understanding issues around social inequalities
Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with learning disabled people, drawing on the skills and knowledge of the programme
Assess individual needs using a variety of person centred techniques
Form appropriate and supportive relationships with learning disabled children and adults
Have acquired fundamental presentational, ICT, information retrieval, analytical and organisational skills
Develop basic interpersonal skills in working with lecturers and fellow students, in individual and group situations.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Communicate effectively verbally, non-verbally and in writing
Develop basic ICT communication and information retrieval skills
Develop skills toward 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 tutors and fellow students, in individual and group situations.
Student participation - to present at each lecture their overview of a specified topic area in pairs
Small group work on case studies with observation and feedback from tutor. Five minutes - Formative assessments
A revealed examination. 3 hours - 100%
The course unit will introduce the following content areas:
The sociological imagination
Social stratification and class structure
Poverty and social exclusion
Families and households
Gender and sexuality
Race and ethnicity
Education and inequality
Labelling, normality and deviance
Introduction to Disability Studies for level 2
Distinguishing the difference between ethics and morals.
Issues in moral and practical philosophy, - moral maturity, autonomy, the value of life.
Ethics and professional practice.
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