Understanding People with Learning Disabilities - SP601

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR M Barnoux checkmark-circle


This module provides an introduction to important issues in learning disabilities. We examine definitions and attitudes to people with for example, Down's Syndrome. We explore a number of particular difficulties that people with learning disabilities experience, including communicating, establishing social and sexual relationships, and some of the resultant problems, such as sexual abuse and challenging behaviour. Finally, we consider the most recent social policy initiatives, with a focus on how services might implement policy objectives (such as social inclusion and adult protection).


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

22 hours

Method of assessment

100% coursework: 75% essay and 25% poster.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages at http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
8.1 Map definitions and social constructions of learning disabilities
8.2 Understand issues specific to learning disabilities
8.3 Demonstrate a knowledge of the link between policy and practice in services provision for people with learning disabilities
8.4 Critically discuss the impact of service provision on the lives of people with learning disabilities

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
9.1 Describe in a balanced and critical way the questions raised in lectures
9.2 Demonstrate ability to present material in both a poster and essay format with evidence of the use of relevant literature to back argument
9.3 Question and debate the application of research and theory to practical situations
9.4 Show ability to express opinions and argue rationally
9.5 Appreciate the impact of theory research, and practice in naturally occurring settings


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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