AD1800: Models of Disability and Support

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 8 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (feedback on assignments); 160hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To review the definition of disability, understand its scope and prevalence, both internationally and within the context of Ireland. To gain an insight into disability across the ages, and to understand a range of traditional and contemporary modules of support provided.
Module Content: This module begins with a review of approaches to the definitions and explanations of disability whilst understanding the contemporary concept of supporting person centredness and individualisation. Students will explore traditional and contemporary modules of disability i.e. medical, social and bio psychosocial, and examine how they have influenced approaches to support. Students will also be introduced to key sociological concepts that underpin disability issues.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Define disability and its scope in the context of co-occuring challenges (i.e. occurrence of a number of challenges at any one time).
  • Contribute to the ongoing debate on the historical development of disability, traditional models of disability and the current focus on person centredness and quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • Critically reflect on sociological understandings of what constitutes disability.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of person centred approaches to disability.
  • Discuss the impact of contemporary models of disability on the individual, their family and wider society.
  • Discuss the impact of social engagement in contributing to growth and development for people with disabilities.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 2,000 word essay, 100 marks; 1 x 300 word in class exercise, 20 marks; 1 x 1,200 word Learning Journal, 80 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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