Course Title: Contemporary Issues In Disability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Issues In Disability

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Jeff Walkey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7359

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Please e-mail to arrange an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of an undergraduate Degree level program

Course Description

This subject is designed to be flexible so that contemporary developments in service delivery can be presented as they occur. Students will be presented with policies, service models, and other trends which represent the cutting edge developments from State, National and International perspectives. Contributions and views of peak disability organisations will also be analysed.

In this subject, students will be provided with the opportunity to critically analyse contemporary issues which relate to the delivery of services to people with a disability.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Evidence-based practice, reflective practice.

The following planned student learning experiences are linked to student learning outcomes and the learning objectives of the subject:

• Describe the contemporary trends and service delivery systems for people with a disability
• Analyse service delivery systems and policies according to dominant paradigms and models of disability
• Have a thorough knowledge of current policies which determine service delivery to people with a disability 

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will learn the material in this subject by:

Independent Reading: Students will acquire a framework for relevant knowledge and underlying theoretical and conceptual bases of the subject through reading and analysing provided materials as well as through independent research of relevant literature..
Students will gain intimate knowledge through the exploration of the subject material and practical applications.
As part of the learning process and after being provided with frameworks through lectures, students will acquire a deeper and broader understanding of the subject material through independent reading. Students will synthesise material from a variety of sources and engage in a critical analysis of this material in class discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

The students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the learning hub (also known as Online @ RMIT) and will be provided with reading lists/materials or other sources of information. Students will also use the library resources and University computer facilities.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will require students to review current literature on a range of topic areas.

Assessments will consist of analysis of current literature through written reports (essay).