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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP3075 Disability and Development

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Eleanor Craig

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

40 credits at level 2 in Sociology/Social policy or related discipline

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will draw on scholarship from disability studies and development studies in order to explore both the creation and position of disabled people in the global south. Attention will be paid to the role that various agents of development play in improving disabled people's situation, and the usefulness of rights based approaches and Community Base Rehabilitation will be critically evaluated.


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

Learning outcomes
1. have a thorough grounding in theories relating to disability in the context of development studies.
2. have an appreciation of the way understanding of disabilities articulates with varying cultural norms.
3. have a critical awareness of policy interventions around disability in 'developing' countries.
4. 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 organisations 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 hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for tutorials 60 hours
Preparation and writing for assessment 119 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be given on-going feedback in tutorials and open doors.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 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: 15/12/2023


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