Subject details

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Interpret and transmit knowledge about current policy and reforms related to social and economic participation for people with disability
  2. Compare and contrast ways community participation can be interpreted from different theoretical perspectives
  3. Evaluate evidence for how people with a disability are currently participating in the community
  4. Critically evaluate outcomes of economic inclusion for people with cognitive disability, including in the areas of education and employment
  5. Research and apply different models of social inclusion to a variety of situations involving people with a disability.
    • What is social inclusion
    • Policies to support inclusion
    • Community participation for people with intellectual disabilities - program responses
    • Community participation for people with severe and complex disabilities
    • Improving access to places and communication
    • Enhancing the social inclusion of children from CALD communities
    • Community participation through sport
    • Children with disabilities in primary and secondary education
    • Children with disabilities in primary and secondary education
    • Social inclusion: post school and employment options for people with disabilities
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links
    • Other materials

      • Video


In order to enrol in this subject, students are required to apply to OUA's Postgraduate Single Subjects program (OUA-PSU-GCE).

Special requirements

No special requirements

In this subject, students will learn how social and economic participation are core to current disability policy and reforms. People with disabilities should have similar expectations to other community members that they can make choices and have opportunities to participate in society by having jobs, going to school or university, using community facilities, participating in political activities or civil society, having friends and becoming members of clubs and associations. In this subject, students will explore the multiple interpretations of community participation and consider different models for working to support participation through individual support or community and systems change. In terms of economic participation, the evidence about outcomes of inclusion in educational setting, and models of post school options and employment support will be examined.

Policy Review - Written report which demonstrates accurate interpretation of policies related to social and economic inclusion for people with disabilities. Community Participation - Infographic which compares and contrasts the impact that different theoretical perspectives have on social and economic inclusion. Inclusion Audit - Students to conduct an Inclusion audit on a community organization of their choice. Barriers to inclusion to be itemised.

  • Policy Review (1500 word equivalent) (30%)
  • Community Participation Infographic (1,500-word equivalent) (30%)
  • Inclusion Audit (2500 word equivalent) (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

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