New Disability Studies Degree, Liverpool Hope

Disability Studies is an academic field which recognises that disability is fundamental to all human lives. It acknowledges the wider history of oppression and discrimination experienced by disabled people and seeks to produce knowledge that challenges those inequalities. Informed by this perspective, the Disability Studies in Education degree examines the relationship between disability and education at all life stages and in a wide range of educational contexts. Education is lifelong, and in the course, you will undertake a critical exploration of disability and education in a wide range of contexts, from the ways in which compulsory education responds to the needs of disabled children, young people and adults, to the ways in which arts-based and cultural organisations work with disabled people and images of disability. This single honours programme also includes a compulsory placement that will enable you to enhance your understanding of course themes and demonstrate your abilities to work in a professional context. – See more at the programme website.

The course includes the following components:

Foundations in Disability Studies in Education

  • Historical influences on disability and the history of the disabled people’s movement
  • An introduction to the social and medical models of disability and their influence on lifelong learning
  • Contemporary perspectives on disability on formal and informal learning
  • Disability Studies in Education beyond the UK context
  • The role of culture and its influence on disability studies in education

 Explorations in Disability Studies in Education

  • Explorations of professional practice in disability studies and education across the life course
  • Explorations of formal and informal education across the life course including acquired impairments, chronic illness and ageing populations
  • Developing an understanding of research in disability studies in education beyond the UK context

Advanced Studies in Disability Studies in Education

  • Universal Design for Learning across the life course
  • Understanding research in disability studies in education
  • Participatory, emancipatory research in disability studies in education
  • The role of culture and its influence on research in disability studies in education
  • Intersectionality – exploring connections with race, class and gender
  • Dissertation in a chosen area of advanced studies in disability studies in education

Course contact details

Student Recruitment: call +44 (0) 151 291 3111 or email enquiry@hope.ac.uk.

Department: Disability and Education.

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