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Module Title LM Disability and Development
Department International Development
Module Code 08 25938
Module Lead Dr David Cobley
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description The way in which disability is perceived has changed dramatically over the past forty years, with a growing awareness of the need for governments to promote disability rights and societies to become more inclusive of disabled people. The 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has had a particularly galvanising effect on the international disability rights movement. It has also highlighted the need for all development planning to take account of disability issues, as well as raising the profile on disability as an important topic within the field of international development studies.

This module aims to explore historical and current debates around the various perceptions of disability. The role of disabled people themselves, as well as the organisations that represent them, in shaping these debates and promoting disability rights will be critically examined. The factors that continue to lead to the economic and social exclusion of disabled people will be explored. Finally, we we consider how disability policy and practice impacts on the lives of disabled people, especially in the areas of education, health, livelihoods and disaster recovery.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Develop a critical understanding of a range of disability theories and models, and their implications for policy and practice.
  • Critically evaluate the factors that lead to economic and social exclusion for disabled people, especially those living in the Global South.
  • Demonstrate and critically examine the impact and limitations of policies and interventions designed to support disabled people, especially in the areas of education, health and livelihoods and disaster recovery.
  • Critically evaluate the significance and impact of international agreements on the lives of disabled people, with particular reference to the CRPD.
Assessment 25938-01 : Assignment 1 - 2500 words : Coursework (50%)
25938-02 : Assignment 2 - 2500 words : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1000 word essay (30%);
2500 word essay (70%).

Resubmission of either failed assignment
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