Course Title: Disability and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Disability and Society

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban & Social Studies


Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: John Whyte

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1079

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.8

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Disability and Society will explore theories, issues, policies and practices which are relevant to the broad field of disability. Theoretically, the course begins from the assumption that disability is constructed within the context of the social, cultural, political and economic environment. The course will privilege the lived experience of people with disabilities and will explore historical and contemporary discourses of disability.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of the course students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of major theoretical perspectives in the area of disablity;
apply those ideas in debate and discussion on contemporary issues; demonstrate an understanding of the development, current position and future trends in significant areas of disability policy; outline and explain approaches to practice in fields relevant to their professional interest; and, demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the ’lived experiences’ of people with disabilities.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to engage in a variety of lectures and smaller classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to use a prescribed text.

Overview of Assessment

You will be able to prepare assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 4,000 words.