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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS1113 Disability, Inclusion & the Life Course

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: David Saltiel

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normal fulfilment of entry requirements for BA Hons

Module replaces

HECS1077 Disability Inclusion and the Life Course

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To provide students with an understanding of the Life Course in contemporary UK and other societies
- To explain the social model of disability and the application of this model to social work
- To explain an understanding of the social processes that lead to some people in society being disadvantaged and socially excluded
- To understand service user and carer experiences and perspectives
- To discuss how social workers address disadvantage and social exclusion in practice

Learning outcomes
Students will:
1. Understand the socially constructed nature of divisions in the life course based on age and human development
2. Be aware of the importance of explanations of diversity and difference in UK and other societies
3. Apply the social model of disability and a range of social as opposed to biological explanations to human behaviour
4. Be aware of and be able to explain the impact of oppression and exclusion on peoples' life chances and personal identities
5. Understand the importance of an anti-discriminatory and the socially inclusive model of social work practice and the issues of self-determination and the greater good.
6. Understand the ways on which society makes provision for disability through social work services and the impact of these on service users and carers

Skills outcomes
2.2, 2.3, 2.7
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
6.1, 6.2
8.4, 8.8
9.1, 9.3
13.1, 13.2, 13, 13.4
14.5, 14.6, 14.7
Professionalism 1.1, 1.5
Values & ethics 2.1, 2.2
Diversity 3.1
Rights, Justice etc 4.1
Knowledge 5.1, 5.3
Reflection & analysis 6.3
Contexts & Organisations 8.1


- The social, historical and cultural construction of age-based categories in the life course so that age can be seen as a form of social division. The major life course phases of childhood, youth, adulthood and old age will be analysed in this way
- Social models of disability, mental health, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. The focus will be on the ways our society can disable and exclude certain people who do not fit cultural norms and expectations.
- Theories of anti-discriminatory practice, social justice, Kantian and Utilitarian approaches, partnership, citizenship and empowerment and their importance to social work's knowledge, skill and value bases.
- The practice of social work with disability including physical and learning disability.
- The service user and carer movement voice in disability and it's implications for practice
- The provision of services to adults in disability including Fair Access to Care and Direct Payments
- Delivering services to children
- Communication skills in working with disability including learning disability

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Online quizzes and exercises
Online discussion and collaboration with other students
Independent and guided reading and research

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Lectures, tutorials and student exercises will provide formative evidence of student progress.
Summative assignments will provide evidence of students' fulfilling the module outcomes.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 word essay50.00
Poster Presentation1 x poster with accompanying 750 word discussion50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/08/2013


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