HSW2200 Disability Theory and Concepts
|Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich|
|Short Description:||Disability Theory and Concepts|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Health and Wellbeing|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||090509 - Care for the Disabled|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: David Steggall
This course will enable students to develop knowledge of how social processes contribute to the marginalisation of people with disabilities and the older person throughout their lifespan. It also examines diversity and influences related to disability while exploring policy and program development in order to addresses factors such as advocacy and grief and loss. This course examines the field of disability and ageing person in relation to daily living, employment, recreation, education and rehabilitation.
Whether the subject of curiosity, pity, exaltation, revulsion or strategic disregard, people with disabilities and notions of disability serve to illustrate not only the `parameters' of human existence but how 'disability' may be problematised as a social construction and an important source of subjective expression. In this course, disability and ageing is examined from a sociological perspective in order to develop knowledge and awareness of attitudes, the need for advocacy and grief and loss. When working with people with disability or the older person it is important to understand how people live their lives according to perceptions of health, rehabilitation, infirmity and spiritual transcendence. This course will provide a framework for understanding disabilities and ageing and age and disability-related issues within societal contexts.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Evaluate disability and ageing from a sociological perspective
- Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different definitions and of major theoretical perspectives regarding disability and ageing
- Explore and examine how diverse social factors such as gender, ethnicity, Aboriginality, and sexuality interact with disability and ageing
- Analyse attitudes and the impact of disability and ageing with an emphasis on the perspectives of individuals with disabilities, their families and other significant people
- Demonstrate knowledge of societal attitudes and influences relating to disability and ageing and the need for advocacy
- Examine grief and loss experiences by individuals and family following identification of permanent disability
|1.||Theoretical Perspectives of Disability||20.00|
|2.||Cultural Differences and Perspectives on Disabilities||20.00|
|3.||Lived Experiences of Disability & Wellbeing across life span||20.00|
|4.||Social Policy and Contemporary Social Movements||20.00|
|5.||Disability and Aging around the World||10.00|
|6.||Grief and Loss experiences||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
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Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|MEDIA REPORT||40||40||20 Aug 2019|
|WRITTEN AND ORAL PROJECT||60||60||22 Oct 2019|
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.
NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).
If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.
USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.
Referencing in Assignments must comply with the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
Evaluation and benchmarking
In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Health and Social Wellbeing degree and is benchmarked against the
- internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
- professional accreditation standards of the Australian Community Workers Association.
Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware .
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.