Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE IAL3002

 
TITLE Children and Social Welfare: Rights and Legal Issues with Special Reference to Persons with Disabilities

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Inclusion and Access to Learning

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will first introduce students to the history of disabled people's struggle for their rights to be recognised and for disability to become a rights as well as a welfare issue. The study-unit will then focus on international and national legislation which is related to disabled people, namely the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act 2000, the Social Security Act 1987, the Education Act 199, the Persons with Disability (Employment) Act 1969, and the articles on guardianship in the Civil Code and the Code of Civil Procedure. Reference will also be made to relevant policy documents, especially in relation to inclusive education, including the Salamanca Statement. The services and benefits available for disabled people, especially children, will be outlined. Emphasis will be made on the right of disabled people to make choice and be in control of their own lives and how this right is fundamental to their truly enjoying the rights that are enshrined in legislation.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are:
1. to make the students aware of the history of disabled people's struggle for their right to participation in society to be recognised through legislation;
2. to enable students to appreciate the reasons why such legislation is needed;
3. to enable students to appreciate the importance of disabled people being able to make choices and be in control of their lives;
4. to expose students to relevant international and national disability legislation, especially as applicable to inclusive education;
5. to expose students to relevant policy documents that aid in the realisation of these rights;
6. to expose students to relevant services and benefits for disabled people.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. describe the history of disabled people's struggle for their rights to be recognised;
2. differentiate between different types of legislation and the rights they afford to disabled people;
3. identify disabled people's rights especially in relation to inclusive education;
4. identify other relevant policy documents;
5. identify relevant services and benefits.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. identify cases of discrimination, especially in relation to inclusive education;
2. analyse a particular scenario and explain which disabled people's rights are being breached and suggest possible remedies;
3. distinguish between different types of discrimination;
4. identify which services and benefits are most appropriate for disabled people in particular situations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities.html
- The Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act : http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lom&itemid=8879
- The Salamanca Statement : http://www.unesco.org/education/pdf/SALAMA_E.PDF

Supplementary texts

- Camilleri, J.M. and Callus A.M. 2001. Out of the Cellars. Disability, politics and the struggle for change: the Maltese experience. Barton, L. (2001). Disability, Politics & the Struggle for Change. London:David Fulton Publishers (available at the Wenzu Dalli Resource Centre, St Venera).
- Heap, M., Lorenzo, T., and Thomas, J. (2009). ‘We’ve moved away from disability as a health issue, it’s a human rights issue’: reflecting on 10 years of the right to equality in South Africa. Disability & Society. Vol. 24, No. 7, December 2009, 857-868. (available on HyDi).

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Case Study (Take Home) SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Marie Georgette Bajada
Anne-Marie Callus
Elvira Spiteri

 
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