Policy, Legislation and Human Services - TZ324

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 30 (15) DR P Triantafyllopoulou




Only available to Tizard UG programmes



This module will help students to evaluate the impact of practice advice, policy and legislation on attempts to provide quality provision for individuals with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will present the legal positions regarding consent & capacity, anti-discrimination legislation, human rights and safeguarding. It will consider policy initiatives and implementation as well as practice-advice, for example NICE guidelines on challenging behaviour and on autism.


Contact hours

This module will be taught through blended learning.Blended learning features online forum and chat discussions, case-study work, group exercises, videos, guided reading of text based materials and study questions.



Method of assessment

The module is assessed through a number of assessments elements. These comprise a 3500 word essay (60%), a one hour MCT/Short-answer exam normally delivered via an online platform (30%), and a 5-10 minute presentation (10%).

Indicative reading

Attwood, T., (2008). The complete guide to Asperger's syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Cambridge, P. & Carnaby, S., (Eds.) (2005). Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Chaplin, E., Underwood, L. and Hardy, S., (Ed.) (2013). Autism spectrum conditions: A guide. Brighton: Pavilion Publishing.
Goodley, D., (2000). Self-Advocacy in the Lives of People with Learning Difficulties. Maidenhead: OUP.
Grant, G., Ramcharan, P., Flynn, M. & Richardson, M., (Eds.) (2010). . Learning Disability: a life cycle approach. Second Edition. Maidenhead: OUP
Oliver, M. & Sapey, B., (2006). Social Work with Disabled People. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Learning outcomes

• Demonstrate an understanding of the policy, legal contexts and practice advice that support the provision for individuals with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities in educational and adult services. These include human rights, anti-discrimination legislation, consent and capacity, safeguarding and funding domains.
• Discuss the history of provision for individuals with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities within the UK and elsewhere.
• Show a capacity to draw on both published work and personal experience
• Demonstrate the ability to understand and communicate key concepts in writing
• Make effective use of information technology (word processing, email, internet, online learning resources)
• Demonstrate effective time management skills
• Recognise issues relating to equality and diversity

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