Disability in Developing Countries

Subject POPH90088 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

September, Parkville - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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: -


Mrs Beth Sprunt


Nossal Institute for Global Health
The University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building
Level 4, 161 Barry Street
Carlton VIC 3010
Tel: +61 3 8344 0914
Fax: +61 3 8344 9130
Email: jycl@unimelb.edu.au


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824
Email: sph-gradinfo@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview: This subject is an introduction to the issues and paradigms which influence and shape development responses to disability in low-income settings. Using examples of disability-inclusive development practices from around the world, students will gain an understanding of how the rights-based approach and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can be operationalised to develop, plan and implement disability specific and inclusive development interventions.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Understand the rights-based approach and the importance of participation and leadership of people with disabilities in development activities.
  • Understand the relationship between disability and poverty.
  • Understand how defining and measuring disability is shaped by skills in designing disability-specific and disability-inclusive development activities, including monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Critique major approaches to disability in developing countries, including Community Based Rehabilitation and Inclusive Education.
  • Demonstrate skills in planning and implementing capacity-development activities for disability and development stakeholders, including Training-of-Trainers.
  • Understand the significance of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and
  • Advocate for inclusion using international and national frameworks which can support disability-inclusive development

One take home examination (40%) on the last day of the subject and one 3,000-word written assignment (60%) due at the end of semester.

Prescribed Texts: -
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: -
Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au

This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.


Related Course(s): Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: International Health

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