Disability in Developing Countries

Subject 505-902 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A minimum of 24 hours class contact taught in a block over 5 days
Total Time Commitment: In addition, students are expected to spend an additional 2-3 hours of study for each hour of contact.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Australian International Health Inst.
Subject Overview: This subject introduces students to the major issues surrounding disability in resource poor settings. Topics include: current definitions of disability; constructs of disability, disease and wellness within different cultural perspectives; major approaches to disability service provision; skills important for working with the major impairment groups; appropriate technology; issues related to equity, access, advocacy and prevention; design of disability programs; capacity building for disability programs; constraints and solutions for sustainability of disability programs; project management issues related to disability programs; and including disability in development practice.
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of different constructs of disability, disease and wellness within different cultures;
• critique major approaches to disability service provision in resource poor settings, including Community Based Rehabilitation and Inclusive Education;
• design a basic disability program, demonstrating an understanding of issues of sustainability; and
• effectively communicate issues related to equity, access, advocacy and prevention;

Assessment: One take home examination (40%) on the last day of the subject and one 3,000-word written assignment (60%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: A set of readings will be available prior to commencement of the subject.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Level: 500

Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Notes: This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.
Related Course(s): Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy (Coursework)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Physiotherapy (Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy)
Master of Physiotherapy (General) CW
Master of Physiotherapy (Neurological Physiotherapy)
Master of Physiotherapy (Paediatric Physiotherapy)
Master of Physiotherapy (Women's Health and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy)
Master of Public Health

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