Researching People with Learning Disabilities - SP602

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2020 to 2021.


If you are considering a career working with people, this module offers a great opportunity to have direct and personal contact with service users in a supportive context. It involves you in a project based on interviews with people with learning disabilities. There are teaching sessions on research, interview construction, recording and analysis. Practical work involves visiting a person with learning disabilities at their place of work and conducting a recorded interview with due regard to ethical and consent issues. A series of clinics designed to assist you in analysis, interpretation and presentation of the project work will follow.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

24 hours lectures, seminars and practical projects

Method of assessment

Literature review (30%) and project report (70%).

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Establish a rapport with a person with learning disabilities in a service setting
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge of work related issues for people with learning disabilities
8.3 Understand ethical issues involved in interviewing people with learning disabilities, i.e. informed consent

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate an ability in using and critiquing qualitative and participatory methodology, using experiential knowledge
9.2 Demonstrate the ability to write an ethics proposal
9.3 Disseminate findings both to an academic institution via a report as well as to a wider community via a presentation


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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