Service Issues in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by Distance Learning - TZRD8630

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 10 (5) Ceridwen Evans 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.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: N/A – Distance Learning
Private Study Hours: 100
Total Study Hours: 100


PG Certificate Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (by Distance Learning); PG Diploma Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (by distance learning); MA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (by Distance Learning); PG Certificate in Autism studies; PG Diploma Autism Studies; MA Autism Studies

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Examination online (1 hours) – 100%

Reassessment methods

Reassesment instrument - Like-for-like

Indicative reading

Brown, H. and Smith, H. (1992) Normalisation: A Reader for the Nineties. London: Routledge.
Emerson, E., McGill, P. and Mansell, J. (1994/1999) Severe Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviours: Designing High Quality Services. London: Chapman and Hall.
Mansell, J., Felce, D., Jenkins, J., De Kock, U. and Toogood, S. (1987) Developing Staffed Housing for People with Mental Handicaps. Tunbridge Wells: Costello.
Mansell, J. and Ericsson, K. (1996) Deinstitutionalization and Community Living: Intellectual Disability Services in Britain, Scandinavia and U.S.A. London: Chapman and Hall.
Simons, K. (1993) Citizen Advocacy: The Inside View. Bristol: Norah Fry Research Centre.

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 Demonstrate understanding the historical context of learning disability services, including the eugenics era;
8.2 Demonstrate familiarity with the theory and practice of institutional care;
8.3 Demonstrate knowledge about the process and progress of the deinstitutionalisation movement in Western countries;
8.4 Demonstrate understanding of theories of normalisation and social role valorisation, and the criticisms of these;
8.5 Demonstrate understand the concepts of quality of care and quality of life;
8.6 Demonstrate knowledge about how to measure and improve quality of care and quality of life;
8.7 Demonstrate familiarity with government policy and have an understanding of policy issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities in
the UK.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Use the research literature as the main source of information on each of the topics studied;
9.2 Relate the material they learn in this module to what they see in services in which they work or have some experience;
9.3 Integrate knowledge from different sources, including their own experience.


  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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