Key Strategies in Disability and Neuropathy

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Doel vak

• Gain insight into the issues and intervention strategies concerning
common causes of disability, using neuropathy as a model
• Gain insight into strategies for the prevention of disabilities,
rehabilitation and inclusion
• Gain insight into various philosophical ideas about the meaning of
disability and diversity: how do people experience disability, and what
does this mean for the choices that matter (in management, policy and
personal life)
• Gain insight in the rights of persons with disabilities
• Gain insight into how these ideas are influenced by innovations in the
field of biomedical sciences
• Practice research skills during the workgroups (participating in
scientific discussions, formulation of research objectives, literature
research, abstracting, summarising and giving feedback of findings)
• Develop skills in formulating lines of argumentation in written and
visual form through a photo essay

Inhoud vak

All over the world there are persons with disabilities who experience
difficulties participating in their societies. The scale of this problem
is highlighted by the World Health Survey and the Global Burden of
Disease, both from 2004, which show the estimated prevalence of
disability to be 15.6% and 19.4% respectively (WHO 2011).
This course looks at issues surrounding disabilities, taking into
account multiple perspectives, like health, social and rights. Herein we
will illustrate the theoretical views on disability with disease
specific examples, showing the diversity and similarities in disability
issues. This would concern e.g. neuropathy caused by diabetes, leprosy,
and buruli ulcer and other forms of disability like intellectual
disability, autism, and ADHD. The course reviews relevant interventions
and various technologies used to address health, social and
environmental problems related to disability. During the course you
investigate questions such as ‘How do different worldviews (including my
own) influence how people see disability, ‘differentness’ and diversity?
‘What does an ideal world look like with regard to diversity?’ ‘What is
the meaning of this for my own and other people’s lives?’ During the
20th century, developments and innovations in health and life sciences
have resulted in an exponential growth in scientific knowledge about
man, society and environment. The idea that we know who we are seems to
increase, but is this truly the case? For example, what does a
disability mean for our identity and our image of human nature?
Innovations bring forth possibilities for new interventions and
technological gadgets (e.g. bionic prosthetics, cochlear implants,
microchips that enhance intelligence), but how do we select and use
these? Who decides what is appropriate for whom, in particular in the
majority world?
In this course you learn to reflect on various philosophical
perspectives related to disability and diversity and think about your
own perspective.


- Lectures (20 hours)
- Work groups (24 hours)
- Photo essay workshop and Q&A (6 hours)
- Self-study (remaining hours)


- Individual exam (60%)
- Group assignment: photo essay (30%)
- Participation in workgroups (problem-based learning) (10%)
All three parts need to be passed individually.


Articles via Canvas and exchanged via students


Bachelor students from Biomedical Sciences, Health & Life, Health
Sciences, bachelor programs in the natural sciences and similar bachelor
programs that participate in the minor Biomedical and health
interventions or in the minor Global Health.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1045
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. M.M. Waltz
Examinator dr. M.M. Waltz
Docenten dr. M.M. Waltz

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