The Disabling Society SOCIO5031

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

As one of the courses of the MSc in Equality and Human Rights, the primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the historical and theoretical roots of disablement in modern society. It will provide a basic grounding in modern disability theory and will explore disability and disablement as an equal opportunity issue through the study of contemporary organisations and institutional practices. These include education, work, access to health and healthcare, cultural representations of disabled people and the provision of social support.

Timetable

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week

Requirements of Entry

The normal qualification for admission to study for a higher degree by research or course work is a degree with at least upper second class honours in a relevant subject or a combination of subjects. In special circumstances, other academic or professional qualifications may be recognised as equivalent, depending on the discretion of the Head of Department.

Course Aims

As one of the courses of the MSc in Equality and Human Rights, the primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the historical and theoretical roots of disablement in modern society. It will provide a basic grounding in modern disability theory and will explore disability and disablement as an equal opportunity issue through the study of contemporary organisations and institutional practices. These include education, work, access to health and healthcare, cultural representations of disabled people and the provision of social support.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:By the end of the course students should be able to:

- identify and discuss the major theoretical approaches and concepts in the field of disability and disablement;

- show an awareness of the inequalities experienced by disabled people and their impact in selected areas of social life;

- engage critically in debate on policy responses to the disability problem;

- demonstrate their understanding of the intersection of disability and other forms of social inequality;

- assess critically debates in contemporary theoretical, empirical and policy oriented literature.