Undergraduate | UNE-HSSW168 | 2024
Responding to Disability and Ageing
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Challenge what you know about people who are ageing or have a disability. Pick apart traditional concepts and seek alternative perspectives. Think about what disability and ageing mean to the individual and community and reflect on your experiences.
Responding to Disability and Ageing
About this subject
Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- identify the traditional concepts of disability and ageing and consider alternative theoretical perspectives;
- comprehend and reflect on the personal experience of disability and ageing;
- demonstrate an understanding of person centred care of people who are ageing and/or have a disability;
- demonstrate an understanding of the organisational context that informs practice with people who are ageing and/or have a disability; and
- describe the divergence and convergence that occur between the concepts of ageing and disability.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
As Australia’s population ages and awareness of the types and impacts of disability increases, the ability to analyse and critique commonly held assumptions and perceptions about disability and ageing is of critical importance, particularly for people working in community services and social work settings. In this subject you will explore the foundational theoretical frameworks that underpin our understanding of traditional concepts of disability and ageing, and consider alternative perspectives. Reflecting on your personal experiences and examining the divergence and convergence of concepts of ageing and disability, you will have opportunities to enhance your reflective skills and ability to comprehend what disability and/or ageing might mean for individuals, groups and communities. Applying a social lens and person-centered framework to your practice, the subject will help you to understand social worker roles within different organisational contexts.
Assessment 1: 2000 words; Essay; Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4;
Assessment 2: 2000 words; Essay; Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1-5.
- Assessment 1 - Essay (50%)
- Assessment 2 - Essay (50%)
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- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. Please refer students to link for requirements: For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- Other requirements -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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