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HSW2200 Disability Theory and Concepts

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


This course will enable students to develop knowledge of how social processes contribute to the marginalisation of people with disabilities throughout their lifespan. It also examines diversity and influences related to disability while exploring policy and program development in order to address factors such as advocacy and grief and loss related to disability. This course examines the field of disability in relation to daily living, employment, recreation, education and rehabilitation.

Whether the subject of curiosity, pity, exaltation, revulsion or strategic disregard, people with disabilities and notions of disability serve to illustrate not only the `parameters' of human existence but how 'disability' may be problematised as a social construction and an important source of subjective expression. In this course, disability is examined from a sociological perspective in order to develop knowledge and awareness of attitudes, the need for advocacy as well as grief and loss associated with disability. When working with people with disability it is important to understand how people live their lives according to perceptions of health, rehabilitation, infirmity and spiritual transcendence. This course will provide a framework for understanding disabilities and disability-related issues within societal contexts.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 10 February 2023