Full Title:Social Care and Disability
Module Code:SOCC B8002
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2012/13 ( February 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:To enhance the student’s understanding of the way in which society’s attitudes has led to on-going marginalisation and oppression of people with disabilities. The content covered will encourage students to critically reflect on their own practice through analysis of key theories, concepts and research
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Reflect on personal attitudes towards disability and how this impacts on practice.
  2. Analyse the theoretical framework within which social care provides disability services and compare and contrast the different models of disability which inform policy and practice.
  3. Synthesize literature on policy and legislation in order to deepen understanding of the complex needs of disabled people and how these impact on social care provision.
  4. Critique how the social construction of disability has impacted on the rights of those with disabilities, including their right to live independently, engage in intimate relationships and become parents.
  5. Justify the application on a rights based approach in working with those with disabilities
  6. Evaluate the importance of developing anti-discriminatory social care practices
  7. Critically analyse approaches for working towards the empowerment of disabled people within social care practice including advocacy and person centred practice

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Disability: Concepts and discourses
The social construction of disability and how this impact on societal attitudes.
Theories and concepts
The social and medical model of disability
Policy and legislation
Human Rights based perspective, Disability Act 2005, Capacity Legislation etc.
Reflective social care practice, empowerment of disabled people and examples of best practice.
Can you imagine what it would be like if you had a disability and imagine how you would like to be treated by others?
Multiple oppressions and the implications for social care practice with disabled people.
The impact of gender, race, ethnicity, mental health, sexuality, abuse, social exclusion and discrimination “What difference would it make if you were a woman refugee with a disability in terms of your experience of disability?”
Anti-discriminatory, culturally sensitive and emancipatory social care practice with disabled people.
“As a professionally qualified social care worker should you be concerned with addressing social exclusion and discrimination experienced by some disabled people?”
Reflective social care practice, empowerment of disabled people and examples of best practice.
Advocacy and Person Centred Practice
Parenting with a disability
Professional attitudes towards parents with a disability, protection versus risk, what supports are necessary.
Disability and the family
The experiences of parents and siblings of having a family member with a disability
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay n/a 1,2 35.00 0 0 Week 25 0
Essay Facilitated discussion in tutorials of various topics/themes covered in class 1,3,6,7 15.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,4,5,7 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Directed Reading n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial n/a 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Grant, G. et al. 2005, Learning Disability: A Life Cycle Approach to Valuing People., Open University Press. Berkshire
  • Harrison, J. Henderson, M and Leonard,R. 2007, Different Dads, Fathers Stories of Parenting Disabled Children,, Jessica Kinglsey Publishers London
  • Williams, P 2006, Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties, Learning Matters. Exeter,
  • Gray, B. and Jackson, R.( 2002, Advocacy and Learning Disability, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London
  • Brown, K. 2006, Vulnerable Adults and Community Care, Learning Matters Ltd. Exeter.
  • Priestly,M 2003, Disability A Life Course Approach, Polity Press Cambridge
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Braye, S., Empowering Practice In Social Care, Buckingham, Oxford University Press (1995)
  • Carnwell, R & Buchanan, J, Effective Practice in Health and Social Care, Buckingham, Oxford University Press (2004)
  • Corker, M. & French, S. (eds), Disability Discourse, Buckingham, Oxford University Press (1999)
  • Department of Health, A Strategy for Equality: Report of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities, Dublin, Stationery Office (1997)
  • Department of Health, A Vision for Change: Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, Dublin, Stationery Office (2006)
  • Goodley, D., Self-Advocacy In The Lives Of People With Learning Difficulties, Buckingham, Oxford University Press (2001)
  • Hales, G. (Ed), Beyond Disability: Towards an Enabling Society, London, Sage (1996)
  • Marks, D., Disability; Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Debates, London, Routledge (1999)
  • Morris, J., Pride against Prejudice: Transforming Attitudes to Disability, London, Women's Press (1991)
  • Oliver, M., Understanding Disability: from Theory to Practice, London, Palgrave (1996)
  • Quin, S. and Redmond, B. (eds), Disability and social policy in Ireland, Dublin, UCD Press (2003)
  • Shakespeare, T, Disability, Rights and Wrongs, London, Routledge (2006)
  • Swain, J, French, S & Cameron, C, Controversial Issues in a Disabling Society, Buckingham, Open University Press, (2003)
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • n/a: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/disability-studie s/archiveuk/index.html The Disability Archive
  • n/a: www.dpi.org/ Disabled Peoples International
  • n/a: www.iwa.ie Irish Wheelchair Association
  • n/a: www.edf-feph.org European Disability Forum
  • n/a: www.independentliving.org Independent Living Institute
  • n/a: www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/09687599 .html Disability & Society - Journal
  • n/a: www.disabilitynow.org.uk/ Disability Now Magazine
  • n/a: British Journal of Social Work
  • n/a: Community Care
  • n/a: Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies
  • n/a: www.inclusionireland.ie
  • n/a: www.nda.ie
  • n/a: www.mencap.co.uk

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 8 Mandatory