AD1838: Supporting Equality: Policy and Legislation

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; 12 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 64hr(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 consider the extent to which international and Irish policy and legislation currently address the rights of people with disabilities.
Module Content: This module examines all relevant pieces of Irish and international policy and legislation which strives to support the rights of people with disabilities. In integral areas which are not yet governed by legislation, decisions of the Irish courts and public services, as well as those of other countries, will be discussed. The effect of policy/legislation implementation and stakeholder perspectives will be explored.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain the Court system/structure and relevant functions with regard to supporting people with disabilities.
  • Discuss the international/Irish cases which have highlighted the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Outline the differences between policy and legislation and the process involved in a Bill becoming and Act.
  • Assess the contemporary international and Irish policy/legislation supporting people with disabilities (review impact across the life cycle), including models of advocacy, supported decision making, etc.
  • Identify potential barriers/constraints associated with putting policy/legislation into practice and possible strategies to overcome these.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word Case Study, 100 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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