THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
CENTRE FOR DISABILITY STUDIES
COURSE TITLE: DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT
SHORT TITLE: DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT
SUBJECT CODE: DBST
COURSE NUMBER: 3000
CONTACT HOURS: 39
CREDIT HOURS: 3
ACADEMIC CREDITS: 3
LEVEL: UG 3
EFFECTIVE TERM: Semester 2 2018-2019
TERM BEGIN: Semester 2
TERM EXAMINED: Semester 2
EQUIVALENT COURSE: N/A
GRADE MODE: Standard
Contact Hours: 2 lecture hours and 1 tutorial per week
The course format consists of a combination of weekly lectures, assigned readings, and tutorials. All students are required to register for, and to regularly attend, one of the weekly tutorials. The mode of delivery for this course is face-to-face. There will be 3 contact hours each week; one 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial.
Contact and credit hours are as follows:
Schedule Type Duration (Number of weeks) Contact Hours Credit Hours
Lecture 13 26 26
Tutorial 13 13 13
Total: 13 39 39
Persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups within any society. They have specific developmental needs and rights. Several Caribbean countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that was established to promote, protect and ensure the full realisation of the abilities of persons with disabilities. Policymakers and managers must be educated on the developmental needs and rights of persons with disabilities if members of this vulnerable community are to maximise their full potential and be integrated into their societies. This course will serve to educate future policymakers and managers within the Caribbean of the developmental needs and rights of persons with disabilities that must be embraced in order to realise the objectives of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals.
This course will expose students to issues relating to the socio-economic factors that are fundamental to the advancement of persons with disabilities. They will learn about theories of economic development; the relationship of development to persons with disabilities; the relationship of international conventions on the rights of persons with disabilities to strategic development goals; the role of multi-lateral, bi-lateral and Non-Governmental Organisations in the development agenda for persons with disabilities; and the role of modern technologies in the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of persons with disabilities to national development;
2. Assess the role of the CRPD and the SDGs in national development from the perspective of persons with disabilities;
3. Evaluate the theoretical and philosophical foundations of the development agenda for persons with disabilities and
4. Create an inclusive, participatory and enabling environment for persons with disabilities
1. What is Development?
a. The concept of development and what it is
b. Development as an all-inclusive/people-centric concept
c. How disabilities fit into the development agenda
2. Theories of development and persons with disabilities
a. The situation of persons with disabilities within theories of development
b. Foundational developmental issues that impact on persons with disabilities
3. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals
a. Major international instruments driving the development of persons with disabilities.
b. The requirements of governments to transform the lives of persons with disabilities through the concepts of participation, inclusion and non-discrimination
c. The importance of including and allowing persons with disabilities to participate in the developmental agenda of their society
4. Disability and the social and economic agenda
a. The importance of the social agenda for persons with disabilities
b. The importance of education, healthcare, housing, public transportation and other factors to the advancement and empowerment of persons with disabilities
c. The importance of the economic agenda for persons with disabilities.
d. The importance of employment, entrepreneurship, economic growth, taxation and other such factors to the advancement and empowerment of persons with disabilities
5. Multi-lateral and Bi-lateral institutions and the development agenda for persons with disabilities
a. The concentration of persons with disabilities within developing countries that are highly indebted and poor
b. The role of multilateral and bilateral institutions in advancing the development agenda of persons with disabilities.
c. How multilateral and bilateral institutions help to shape and impact the development agenda for persons with disabilities.
6. Non-Governmental Organisations and the development agenda of persons with disabilities
a. The role that non-governmental organisations play in the national development agenda for persons with disabilities.
b. The role of non-governmental organisations in empowering and developing persons with disabilities
7. Modern technologies and the empowerment of persons with disabilities
a. How modern technologies integrate persons with disabilities into society
b. The role that modern technologies play in bridging the gap between persons with disabilities and their counterparts in societies.
c. How modern technologies empower and enable persons with disabilities to participate in society
COURSE ASSESSMENT-100% Coursework
1. Mid-semester multiple choice quiz 30%
The mid-semester exam will be a two hour, in class exam consisting of 60 multiple choice questions
2. Group report on a field trip 30%
The report on the field trip will be a written description of a visit to an institution providing services to persons with disabilities. It will describe the developmental issues of persons with disabilities, as seen through the lenses of this course. The report will not exceed 2,500 words.
3. A final paper/project 40%
The final paper/project will be an individually written paper not exceeding 3,750 words. Students will be given a choice of five topics which involve the practical application of the material and will prepare a final written paper around their chosen topic. These topics may include the practical application of course materials.
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Highly recommended reading
Barnes, C & Mercer, G. (2004). Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research, Leeds: The Disability Press.
Barnes, C, Mercer, G, and Shakespeare, T (2010). Exploring Disability: A Sociological Introduction. 2nd edition, Cambridge: Polity Press.
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Priestley, M. (2003). Disability: A Life Course Approach. Cambridge: Polity
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Rabiee, P. & Glendinning, C (2010). Choice: What, When and Why? Exploring the importance of Choice to Disabled People. Disability & Society, 25 (7) 827-839.
Swain, J., French, S., & Barnes, C. (eds) (2014). Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments, 3rd Edition. London: Sage.
Williams-Findlay, R. (2011) Lifting the Lid on Disabled People Against Cuts. Disability & Society 26 (6) 773-778
Equality and Human Rights Commission (2010b) Making Rights a Reality: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.
World Health Organization/World Bank (2011) World Report on Disability, Geneva: World Health Organization.