ACE

SS1845: Disability and the Law

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 20.
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: 3 x 6hr(s) Lectures (day sessions); 2 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(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: This module examines all relevant pieces of Irish and International legislation which aim to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Recent legal developments concerning the rights of people with disabilities will be outlined.
Module Content: This module focuses on various aspects of Disability and the Law from a human rights perspective, including areas such as the recently ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006. Irish legislation governing the rights of persons with disabilities will also be addressed, including the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011, the Equal Status Acts 2000-2012, the Mental Health Act 2001, the Education for Persons with Special Needs Act 2004, and the Disability Act 2005. Students will also consider the legal standing on supported decision-making theory and its practice in Irish Constitutional Law as well as Irish policy in this area.
Teaching links to Sustainable Development Goals 4, 10, 11 and 16.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the principal sources of law on the rights of persons with disabilities in Irish law.
  • Examine and assess the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 as well as its implementation in ireland.
  • Identify how the rights of persons with disabilities in Ireland are protected in areas such as employment, education, health and access to public services.
  • Recognise the rights of persons with disabilities in Ireland from an access to education perspective.
  • Discuss the most important Irish cases which have served to highlight the rights of persons with disabilities.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word Case Study, 75 marks; 1 x 500 word Reflective Learning Statement, 25 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: The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward (repeat assessment will apply only in the event of failure to achieve the 40% module pass standard overall and will be as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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