Course Title: Introduction to Education and Disability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Education and Disability

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Nicky Carr

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7802

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the discipline and field of disability studies. You will consider the history of approaches taken to manage those with disability, and the study and nature of disability to gain an overview of how and why disability occurs. Ethical and philosophical foundations along with global and national charters and legal responsibilities are explored, and based on these you will formulate your own philosophy to address approaches to disability in educational settings. You will reflect upon the educational implications of your practice for successful schooling, teaching and learning in mainstream and specialist contexts.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your learning in this course is focused on development of the following program level capabilities.

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills required in working successfully with learners with additional needs.

 At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Investigate and discuss historical elements of approaches to those with disability
  • Describe basic aspects of aetiology underlying disability conditions
  • Take a philosophical position, describing ethical, moral, social-cultural support for those with disability
  • Appropriately apply human rights charters and Parliamentary Acts with effective discernment
  • Critically reflect on the rights of those with disability to an education which meets their needs.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.   If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   The statement of student responsibilities  summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: