AD5847: Disability, the Arts and Creative Expression

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
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: 18hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Other (Field-trips); 76hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Social Studies, and guest lecturers; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To examine the concept of culture historically and in contemporary societies as it relates to disability, the arts, and creative expression.

To raise awareness of the role visual culture plays in facilitating inclusion. To debate disability as socially constructed and culturally mediated by exploring how disability is represented through visual media and the arts.
Module Content: Review various cultural forms depicting disability (including painting, sculpture, literature, poetry, music, theatre and dance); reflect on popular culture (including television, film, music, art, fashion); analyze the visibility and invisibility of disability; review facilitative approaches to increasing engagement.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Highlight the importance of disability as a cultural language.
  • Discuss how visual media and the arts relate to the experience of disability.
  • Highlight how disability has been culturally constructed.
  • Analyse how visual media and the arts facilitate inclusion.
  • Debate the cultural role of the arts in identity-formation and its potential in increasing creativity, emotional expression and communication.
  • Discuss positive approaches to supporting people to engage in the arts and creative outlets and to trial new experiences.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (4 x 600 word reflective logs, 25 marks each).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% 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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