Disability in Developing Countries

Subject POPH90088 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 28-Sep-2015 to 02-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 13-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 25-Sep-2015
Census Date 09-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 30-Oct-2015

Subject Quota: 35

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:

170 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.


Ms Alex Devine




Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population and Global 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.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how different theoretical approaches shape the definition and measurement of disability
  • Understand the rights-based approach and the importance of participation and leadership of people with disabilities in development activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practices of disability inclusive development
  • Effectively communicate issues related to equity, access, advocacy and prevention
  • Apply international and national frameworks to advocate for inclusion
  • Demonstrate skills in designing disability-specific and disability-inclusive development activities, demonstrating an understanding of the issues of accessibility, capacity development and sustainability
  • Critique major approaches to disability service provision in resource poor settings, including Community Based Rehabilitation and Inclusive Education
  • Oral Group Presentation due on the last day of the subject (15%);
  • 1,000 word report on oral presentation due 2 weeks after the last day of the subject (10%)
  • 1,000 word critical analysis piece due 2 weeks after the last teaching day of the subject (25%)
  • 3,000-word written assignment due five weeks after the last teaching day of the subject (50%);
  • Hurdle Requirement: Attendance at a minimum of 80% is required to pass this subject.
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:

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Oral communication
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Ability to make connections between theoretical concepts and everyday practice
Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy
Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies
100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Development Studies
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Social Policy
Gender and Development Specialisation - 100 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 200 Point Program
Global Health
Public Health
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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