Disability: The Inclusion Project - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Written assignment--case study (30%) , Assignment 2 - Written assignment (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

Disability: the Inclusion Project is grounded in the principles of social inclusion, human rights and social justice. In this course, students will explore some of the challenges in working responsively and effectively alongside people with disabilities and their families within the context of government and community sector service delivery. Some of the policy, program and service issues that students will explore include the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Australian governments' political/ policy responses to disability, debates about the admission of migrants with disabilities, the health and disability status of Aboriginal Australians, and disability equity and access issues in work, education, housing. In this course, students will read deeply and broadly. Through their reflections, research and scholarship, students are expected to translate their learning into new knowledge. Students undertake a small research project to contribute to the goal of ensuring that all Australians with disabilities are given the opportunities "to live a life worth living".

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse the major contemporary policy and practice issues arising from disability services provision in Australia, including new and emerging Australian Government social and disability policy agendas;
  2. Critique contemporary Australian approaches to disability legislation, policy development and services planning;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the key issues in providing inclusive services and supports to people with disabilities and their families across a range of areas such as education, employment, housing, refugee/ migrant settlement, and others;
  4. Investigate and develop an improved disability policy or service delivery response, OR provide new research-based insights into either an entrenched or newly emerging disability policy dilemma.
  • Assignment 1 — Written assignment--case study (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Written assignment (45%)
  • Online Discussion — Guided discussion with peers (5%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work (Qualifying) OUA Course required

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Disability: An overview - from oppression to liberation?
2Voices: Disability as a personal/political/professional issue
3"Dissent": Disability as a public/empowerment issue
4Supporting people with disabilities "What do we mean when we aim to 'support' people with disabilities?
5Supporting people with disabilities: Contemporary Australian government disability policy challenges
6Contemporary policy challenges: services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme
7Where to for Disability Rights in Australia
8Research Project - Developing your Research Paper

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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