Disability and Development

2019-2020

Course Objective

• To define the concept of disability and development
• To explain the complexities related to disability and development
(e.g. relation to poverty, diversity, identity, disability paradox)
• To explain the issues and barriers faced by people with disabilities
(e.g. sexuality)
• To explain the importance of human rights in relation to disability
and the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
• To explain and apply relevant models and frameworks related to
disability (e.g. medical model, social model, ICF model, ecological
system theory, twin-track approach, stigma).
• To explain issues related to disability research (including
participatory and inclusive approaches) and practice (including
community-based rehabilitation)
• To apply research skills during the problem-based learning sessions
and group assignment (participating in scientific discussions,
formulating of research objectives, literature research, abstracting,
summarizing and giving feedback on findings, drawing conclusions )

Course Content

The Disability and Development (D&D) course focuses on a broad range of
issues related to disability in the context of development. This means
that the focus is on people with disabilities in low and middle-income
countries. Disability affects an estimated 1 billion people worldwide,
the majority of whom live in low and middle income countries. The large
majority are poor and have limited access to health or rehabilitation
services; neither are facilities in place to allow them to be included
in the mainstream of society.

To date, very few services and programmes are available to address these
needs. It is expected that there will be a substantial increase in
demand for training of a large variety of professionals (e.g.
researchers, managers, architects, lawyers, health professionals) with
formal training and qualifications in the field of disability-inclusive
development. The course will cover essential knowledge and skills in
this subject.

The course programme will include the following subjects:
• Disability models and stereotypes,
• Frequencies and distribution of disability,
• Experience of having a disability,
• ICF conceptual framework,
• Disability rights, including the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities,
• Culture and disability,
• Determinants of disability, including stigma and discrimination,
poverty, gender and HIV/AIDS
• Disability-relevant research methods, including examples of
participatory methods,
• An introduction to community-based rehabilitation and disability
inclusive development.

Teaching Methods

Problem-based learning supported by lectures and an article writing
assignment.
• Lectures: 24 hours
• Tutorial groups: 24 hours
• Optional event: 4 hours
• Self-study: remaining hours

Method of Assessment

• Individual written examination (60%)
• Group assignment (30%)
• Participation in the tutorial group work (10%)
For all parts a pass grade (> 5.5) needs to be obtained in order to
receive a final mark.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor-level education; any subject

Literature

See Canvas for suggested readings

Target Audience

The Disability & Development module is an optional course for Master
students Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and
Life Sciences (MPA), International Public Health and Biomedical
Sciences. External students from low and middle-income countries are
strongly encouraged to apply. We encourage the participation of students
with disabilities.

Additional Information

For more information contact Dr. Ruth Peters (r.m.h.peters@vu.nl)

Recommended background knowledge

The Disability & Development module is an optional course for Master
students Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and
Life Sciences (MPA), International Public Health and Biomedical
Sciences; external students from low and middle-income countries are
strongly encouraged to apply. We encourage the participation of students
with disabilities, especially from low and middle-income countries.

General Information

Course Code AM_470588
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. R.M.H. Peters
Examiner dr. R.M.H. Peters
Teaching Staff K. De Sabbata

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Lecture

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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