AD1801: Perceptions and Portrayals of Disability

Credit Weighting: 5
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: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 1 x 3hr(s) Other (Films/video plus 3 hrs internet); 70hr(s) Other (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 examine positive and negative images of disability portrayed in the media and to explore the impact that these images have on society's perceptions and attitudes towards people with disabilities.
Module Content: This module analyses a range of media which presents people with disability (in books/literature, film, photographs, social media news, marketing strategies, advertisements, etc.). A sociological perspective will be used to examine portrayals depicted in the media and to review the perceptions, attitudes and factors for bias which may be generated from these portrayals.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Examine how the historical context of disability may impact societal perceptions of disability today and how the promotion of diversity serves to uphold human rights and facilitates ways of counteracting bias.
  • Define the concepts of social constructionism and theories behind human bias.
  • Discuss perceptionns and portrayals of disability in the media (across a range of media outlets) and how this impacts society's view of disability.
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of the rise of technology and social media, examining issues such as online safety, age of consent, etc.
  • Critique strategies to overcome potential barriers/constraints associated with the media's portrayal of disability.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1,200 word Learning Journal, 60 marks; 1,200 word Article Review, 40 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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