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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

OSSP5204M Doing Disability Research

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Andrea Hollomotz

Taught: 1 Nov to 31 Dec, 1 Nov to 31 Dec (2mth)(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 outlines a rights-based approach to disability research and introduces students to key approaches and debates in the field. This includes an engagement with key ethical debates, sampling and a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The module will introduce strategies and provide the opportunity to develop or enhance skills in the scoping, design and critical appraisal of research.


This module introduces students to social research with a focus on disability. It builds on debates around the inclusion of disabled people in decision making and the generation of knowledge about them held in foundational modules (“Nothing about us without us!”).

This module equips students with the skills to critically appraise approaches to generating evidence about disablism/disability through research in the broadest sense, including through service user consultations.

It provides a broad introduction to different aspects of social research, including to sampling, research ethics and methodological approaches. Students will have the opportunity to focus on specific topics from this broad range of options, enabling them to apply practical social research skills that will equip them to commission, design and/or conduct disability research.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Identify barriers to disabled people’s participation in all stages of the process of generating knowledge about them and strategies to remedy this;
2. Engage with key ethical debates in relation to disability research and user consultation;
3. Distinguish research that focusses on the social dimension of disability from research that focusses on impairment experience;
4. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the contribution that both qualitative and quantitative research can make to advancing knowledge about disablism/disability;
5. Apply practical social research skills.


This module will address the role that research on disability and about disabled people has played in maintaining or challenging disablism and ableism in a wide range of contexts. Taking as its starting point a commitment to identifying and mapping disabling barriers and enabling practices and processes that tackle disablism and promote the rights and participation of disabled people, the module explores key debates around emancipatory, participatory, and inclusive research and the potential of a range of research methodologies in promoting change.

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.

Scaffolding exercises are incorporated into select units, with these exercises designed to specifically help students work on, reflect and progress with the module assessment.

The module assessment 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

Production of a research proposal or brief. *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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