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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5311M Disability and Development

15 creditsClass Size: 11

Module manager: Dr Alison Sheldon

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module explores a rich tradition of scholarship in the area of disability and applies them to the context of development studies. It draws upon a broad range of case studies to engage students in critical debate and analysis.


This module will explore the way in which disability is 'created' in developed countries and the extent to which the prevalence and pattern of impairments is a function of poverty. Attention will be given to the ways in which impairments are perceived and responded to across specific cultural contexts.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- have a thorough grounding in theories relating to disability in the context of development studies;
- have an appreciation of the way understanding of disabilities articulates with varying cultural norms;
- have a critical awareness of policy interventions around disability in developing countries, with particular attention to community based rehabilitation;
- be able to critically assess the factors underlying differential patterns of impairment and prevalence of impairments across different countries and among different population groups.


Models and definitions of disability which underlie policy and practice will be critically reviewed, with particular reference to definitions developed by the WHO and organisation of disabled people. The way in which the incidence of impairment and the experience of disability varies by gender will be assessed.
The role of carers and of the wider community in facilitating capabilities of disabled people being fully realised (or inhibited) will be considered, as will the experience of disabled people within the education system and the wider economy. Finally, the impact of policy and the contribution of donors, NGOs and organisations of disabled people to a fuller claim on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship will be addressed.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures and tutorials [100 hours]
Prepare for formal assessment [28 hours]

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance and contributions including presentations at each workshop will be closely monitored.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation3,000 words100.00
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: 21/12/2018


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