DB0602 - International and Critical Perspectives in Disability Studies

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SYNOPSIS

This module will provide the opportunity to examine some of the current debates taking place about disability in the UK and internationally. In particular it explores the impact of globalization on the lives of disabled people in different cultures and key critical issues and dilemmas in disability . Students will be encouraged to use their previous learning and experience to analyse critically contemporary and international social theories and think about our understanding of models of disability and discuss the impact of recent political and social developments. Recent insights and debates in the related fields such as childhood, ageing, health and welfare will also be explored. This will include developments in the Disabled People’s Movement as a new social movement. The position of disabled people is then discussed and the module concludes with case studies of international organisations including Disabled People’s International and Disability Awareness in Action The module will consist mainly of seminars in which each student will present and discuss (either as individuals or in groups) critical analyses of recent literature (papers, chapters, books). Assessment will be through two written assignments for international and key critical issues in relation to disabled people’s experiences. Participation on guidance and enhancement weeks will aid the development of personal and study skills.

INDICATIVE READING LIST OR OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES

Students will be expected to undertake their own literature searches and identify texts and web sites relevant to current issues and debates in the field of disability studies. The tutor will provide some key texts


Barnes, C. and Mercer, G. (2011) Exploring Disability (2nd Ed.) Cambridge: Policy Press

Barton, L. (ed) (2001) Disability, Politics and the Struggle for Change. London: David Fulton

Charlton, J.I. (2000) Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Coleridge, P. (1993) Disability, Liberation and Development. Oxford: Oxfam.

Brownlee, K. and Cureton, A. (Eds.) (2009) Disability and Disadvantage Oxford: Oxford University Press

Cameron, C. (Ed.) (2013) Disability Studies: A Student’s Guide London: Sage

Hall, K.Q. (2011) Feminist Disability Studies Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press

Ingstad, B. and Whyte, S., (eds), (1995),Disability and Culture, Berkeley Ca: University of California Press.

Eide, A.H. and Ingstad, B. (Eds.) (2011) Disability and Poverty: A Global Challenge, Bristol: Policy

Goodley, D., Hughes, B., and Davis, L. J. (2012) Disability and social theory: new developments and directions, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan

Mallett, R. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2014) Approaching Disability: Critical issues and perspectives, London: Routledge

Matsui, A. et al (Eds) (2012) Creating a Society for all: Disability and Economy, Leeds: The Disability Press

Schumm, D. and Stoltzfus, M. (2011) Disability and Religious Diversity: Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives, New York : Palgrave Macmillan

Shakespeare, T. (2013) Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited, London: Routledge

Priestley, M. (ed) (2001) Disability and the Life Course: A Global Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Watson, N. Roulstone, A. and Thomas, C. (Eds.) (2012) The Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. London: Routledge

Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. (2010).The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, London: Penguin

Journals:
Recent and relevant journal articles from, for example, Disability and Society.

Website:
Leeds University Disability Archive www.leeds.ac.uk/disability-studies/archiveuk/
Disabled People’s International www.dpi.org/

OUTLINE SYLLABUS

• Current issues and debates about disability and theoretical models of disability in international contexts.
• The impact of recent political and social developments: understandings of disability, the international and national disabled people’s movement, the lives of disabled people, their ability to participate fully in society and to project ideas for future change.
• Critical analysis and evaluation of current literature in the field of disability studies: current topics and issues of interest to students will be at the centre of this module. Seminars and tutorials will focus on assisting students to apply knowledge and methodological issues encountered in previous modules to the analysis and evaluation of current literature.
• Globalisation: concepts; theories; historical context; critical evaluation.

AIMS OF MODULE

The module aims to identify and summarisecurrent issues and debates about disability and theoretical models of disability. In particular this involves examining the concept of globalisation, theories of globalisation and the analysis of social change as it affects disabled people and to explore the international development of the disabled people’s movement, as it fights for change. In addition the module will analyse the commonalities and differences between disabled people throughout the world.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
• Be aware of current issues and debates about disability and theoretical models of disability.
• Discuss the impact of recent political and social developments on understandings of disability, the International and National Disabled People’s Movement, the lives of disabled people, their ability to participate fully in society and to project ideas for future change.
• Critically reflect on current literature in the field of disability studies.
• Discuss the concept of globalisation, theories of globalisation and the analysis of social change.
• Analyse the commonalities and differences between disabled people throughout the world.

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DISTANCE LEARNING DELIVERY

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LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY

Following two tutors led sessions to introduce and organise the module, this module will mainly consist of student-led (individual or group) seminars. Assessment will be through two written assignments.

Lectures, seminars and practical group work will be used to provide opportunities for gaining and sharing information, debating issues and exploring values and attitudes. Tutorial support and directed learning will be used to enhance individual preparation and consolidation of material.

The e-learning portal will be used for lecture notes and group work.

This module links with the participation on guidance and enhancement weeks which aim to development of personal and study skills.

Assessment Strategy

A key purpose of our assessment strategy at level 6 is to continue to foster student development in taking responsibility for evaluating, judging and improving their performance by actively using a range of feedback. Building on Assessment for Learning principles, assessment for this module aims to develop the students’ confidences and ability in reflecting on their own progress, and knowledge of the subject area. Assignments comprise ‘low stakes’ formative assignments aimed at orienting students to conventions of academic writing, the language and scope of the discipline, incorporating peer and tutor feedback and support from peer mentors. The summative assessment will assess the learning outcomes of the module.

a Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

i) a written reflective assignment (2000 words) (50%) reflects current issues and dilemmas in disabled people’s lives.

ii) A written essay (2000 words) (50%) – reflects critically on the key debates in disability internationally.

b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale

Formative assessment (i.e. group debates and verbal presentations) will take place in seminars and students will be involved in critically appraising them and allocating marks/victors

c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning

Students will receive typed feedback on their summative assignments and verbal feedback on the formative work will be given.

IMPLICATIONS FOR CHOICE

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Course info

UCAS Code BL95

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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