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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

OSSP5203M Disability and Global Challenges

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Hannah Morgan

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Oct, 1 Sep to 31 Oct (adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students are required to meet the programme entry requirements prior to studying the module.


OSSP5100MDisability and Inequality
OSSP5101MUnderstanding Disability
OSSP5102MDisability and Inclusion

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module asks what are the key global challenges in the 21st Century? It considers how disability intersects with these challenges and the implications for disabled people globally. It provides students with knowledge and skills to critically engage with debates about why certain issues as cast as global challenges and others are not, to assess the specific experiences of disabled people in relation to these challenges and to question what disability inclusion and justice mean in the context of these challenges and the developing responses to them. Students consider the factors that shape opportunities for realising disability inclusion and justice in relation to global challenges, the role of different actors and mechanisms for enacting change. Case studies will include climate change and environmental justice, conflict, disaster planning and response, migration and the ageing population (amongst others) in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other priorities identified by disabled people’s organisations.


The module considers the impact and implications of various global challenges for disabled people, the extent to which disabled people and their specific concerns and vulnerabilities are considered in responses, and the role disability organisations and change-makers have played in addressing these challenges. The module explores the place disability occupies in contemporary global challenges, which by their nature are transnational in nature and trans institutional in solution, and require collaborative action, partnership, and solidarity. Students will develop a critical understanding of how and why certain issues are cast as global challenges and others are not, why some are deemed urgent and others less so and the role of different actors in these deliberations. Building on their understanding of in/equality, in/exclusion and disability justice, students will explore a variety of global challenges and can focus on areas of their own interest and concern.

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of some key contemporary global challenges affecting disabled people;
2. Critically assess how and why certain issues become visible and the focus of action (while others do not) and the place of disability within this;
3. Synthesize evidence and analysis on specific global challenges from a range of sources including those produced by disability organisations;
4. Critically consider what disability inclusion and justice means in the context of specific global challenges and evaluate the potential for realising this;
5. Communicate their knowledge about global challenges using techniques critically and consciously designed for a specific audience.


This module explores how disability inclusion and disability justice can be realised in relation to key contemporary global challenges. The module considers why some issues become visible and the focus of action while others do not, and compares the priorities identified by governmental and non-governmental actors with those identified by disabled people, their organisations and allies. The module focuses on a range of contemporary global challenges including climate change, disasters, conflict, the ageing population and provides the opportunity for students to explore their own interests or the impact and implications of these challenges in a specific field or location.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning61.006.00
Discussion forum62.0012.00
Independent online learning hours42.00
Private study hours90.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent online learning refers to non-facilitated directed learning. Students will work through bespoke interactive learning resources and reflective activities in the VLE.

Private study refers to directed reading and other activities including self-directed research in support of learning activities and discussions, as well as in preparation for and production of assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The module’s digital learning materials provide regular opportunities for students to check their understanding and gain feedback eg case studies with short answer questions and automated feedback.

The webinars and discussion forums provide opportunities for formative feedback from peers and tutors.

The development of a global challenges report will enable student progress to be monitored and summative feedback provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportUDL options for submission see below*100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

A global challenges report designed for a specified audience that evaluates the potential for disability inclusion and disability justice to be realised in relation to a global challenge of their choice. *Students can select to submit this assessment as either a/ Written report (3,000 word limit) b/ Presentation (20 minute recorded presentation or script 3,000 words, with or without PowerPoint or alternative).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:18:46


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