Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE DBS1001

 
TITLE Disability Issues for Health Professionals

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Disability Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit explores different ways of thinking about disability and issues that are of concern to disabled people and their families. It will discuss how these issues are influenced and responded to by society in general, and how they can impact health professionals’ practice with disabled people. The aim of the study-unit is to enable health professions students to distinguish between impairment-related difficulties and the socially-constructed disabling barriers that have a negative effect on the daily lives of disabled people and their families. The study-unit will then explore how, health professionals can work to help dismantle these barriers. This study-unit will also explore issues of power relations and professional dominance and challenge the paradigms, practice and ideologies of rehabilitation.

The unit begins with a theoretical grounding of the different models of disability with special emphasis on the social model of disability, and a history of the development of the disability rights movement in Malta and abroad. This theoretical aspect is then applied to the personal experience of disability as it is lived by people with different impairments as well as parents of disabled persons in areas such as education, employment, and independent living.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to enable health professions students to distinguish between impairment-related difficulties and the socially-constructed disabling barriers that have a negative effect on the daily lives of disabled people and their families and how these influence professional-patient relationships and practices.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify some of the root causes of the fear and prejudice which individuals and society have for disabled persons;
- Recognise disabling attitudes and power relations within their profession towards disabled people.
- Develop a personal understanding of how they can help reduce these factors through their professional service delivery.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply issues related to disability from a social model perspective (rather than solely from a medical model) during their professional practice.
- Consider new directions for rehabilitation research, theory, practice and service delivery.
- Critically appraise their own practice and that of their profession and through their practice empower disabled people in their struggle for rights related to health service delivery.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Barnes, C. 2002. Emancipatory disability research’: project or process?. Journal of research in special educational needs, 2 (1), [no page numbers]. [Accessed 17th June 2011]. Available from http://0-www.blackwell-synergy.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk /doi/ full/10.
- Barnes, C. and Mercer, G. (2003). Disability. London: Polity.
- Barnes, C. and Mercer, G. (2010) Exploring Disability. Second Edition. Cambridge: Polity.
- Barnes, C. & Oliver, M. (2012) (2nd Edition). The New Politics of Disablement. Palgrave McMillan.
- Barnes, C., Oliver, M. and Barton, L. (Eds) (2002). Disability Studies Today. London: Polity.
- Campbell, J. and Oliver, M. (1996). Disability Politics: understanding our past, changing our future. London: Routledge.
- French, S. & Swain, J. (2008). Understanding Disability : A Guide for Health Professionals. Churchill Livingstone.
- French, S. & Swain, J. (2011) Working with Disabled People in Policy and Practice: A social model Palgrave McMillan.
- Goodley, D. 2000. Self-advocacy in the lives of people with learning difficulties. Buckingham: Open University Press.
- Goodley, D. 2011. Disability Studies: an interdisciplinary introduction. London: Sage.
- Hammell, K. (2006). Perspectives on disability and rehabilitation : contesting assumptions; challenging practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
- Oliver, M. (2009)(2nd Edition) Understanding Disability: from theory to practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Roulstone, A. & Harris, J. (2011). Disability, Policy and Professional Practice. London: Sage.
- Roulstone, A. & Prideaux, S. (2012). Understanding Disability Policy (Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice Series). Policy Press.
- Shakespeare, T. (2013). Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited. Routledge.
- Swain, J., French, S., Barnes, C., and Thomas, C. (Eds) (2004) Disabling Barriers Enabling Environments. London: Sage.
-Thomas, C. (2007). Sociologies of Disability and Illness: Contested Ideas in Disability Studies and Medical Sociology. London:Palgrave McMillan.

Internet Sources:

- Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Diżabilità website: http://www.knpd.org/
- UK Disability Archive: http://www.disability-archive.leeds.ac.uk/. Hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Anne-Marie Callus
Amy Joan Camilleri Zahra
Maria Victoria Gauci

 
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