Available as a wild module. Available for short-term credit students, subject to approval.
OverviewThis 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:
Eleven two-hour lecture/seminars.
Method of assessment
100% coursework: 75% essay and 25% poster.
The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages at http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html
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