Service Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - TZ863

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring 7 10 (5) PROF J Beadle-Brown checkmark-circle


The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of organisational issues involved in learning disability services, including institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation, theories of normalisation and criticisms of these theories, methods of analysing quality of life and care and ways of producing change in services. This module is taught as a web-based guided study module with seminars at several points in the first term. For AIIDD students, this module is closely linked to the service placement and discussion and application of web-based units will occur during placement supervision.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

10 hours over the course of the module organised into workshops (face-to-face contact hours, excluding weekly online discussion).


Spring and Autumn

Method of assessment

100% Examination

Indicative reading

Key texts will include:
Brown, H. and Smith, H. (1992) Normalisation: A Reader for the Nineties. London: Routledge. HV3008.G7 ISBN: 0415061199

Emerson, E., McGill, P. and Mansell, J. (1994/1999) Severe Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviours: Designing High Quality Services. London:Chapman and Hall. BF680.7 Available to download at

Mansell, J., Felce, D., Jenkins, J., De Kock, U. and Toogood, S. (1987) Developing Staffed Housing for People with Mental Handicaps. Tunbridge Wells: Costello. GM813.43 Available to download at

Mansell, J. and Ericsson, K. (1996) Deinstitutionalization and Community Living: Intellectual Disability Services in Britain, Scandinavia and U.S.A. London: Chapman and Hall. HV3008.G7 Available to download at

Simons, K. (1993) Citizen Advocacy: The Inside View. Bristol: Norah Fry Research Centre. HV3008.G7

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will:

• Understand the historical context of learning disability services, including the eugenics era
• Be familiar with the theory and practice of institutional care
• Know about the process and progress of the deinstitutionalisation movement in Western countries
• Understand theories of normalisation and social role valorisation, and the criticisms of these
• Understand the concepts of quality of care and quality of life
• Know how to measure and improve quality of care and quality of life
• Be familiar with government policy and have an understanding of policy issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities in the UK.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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