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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare AND 84 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Introduces students to issues and challenges experienced by people with a disability from a personal, social and professional perspective.   Examines theories of disability including social and medical models.  Discusses and evaluates theoretical frameworks used within community settings; and the benefits and challenges of legislation and policy for good practice.

Unit content

Topic1: Understanding Disability

  • Historical context
  • Definitions of disability
  • The different types of disability
  • Context of disability from an individual, social and professional perspective
  • Issues and barriers faced by people who have a disability

Topic 2: From Theory to Practice

  • Theories of disablement: social and medical models
  • Ethics, risk assessment and  paternalistic practice
  • Social inclusion
  • Social justice issues

Topic 3: Disability Politics

  • Disability legislation and policy
  • Implications of legislation and policy on practice
  • Good practice: what is it and who decides?

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the issues faced by people who have a disability
2 define discrimination and discuss its impact on people with a disability
3 evaluate social inclusion and how this applies to this field of practice
4 analyse theories of disablement
5 critically evaluate how legislation and policy impacts the theoretical frameworks used in community organisations
6 identify examples of good practice in community organisations.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the issues faced by people who have a disability
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  2. define discrimination and discuss its impact on people with a disability
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  3. evaluate social inclusion and how this applies to this field of practice
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  4. analyse theories of disablement
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  5. critically evaluate how legislation and policy impacts the theoretical frameworks used in community organisations
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  6. identify examples of good practice in community organisations.
    • GA3:
    • GA7: