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Disability Studies

Programme Description
Enabling the visibility, empowerment and participation of disabled people requires tackling deep-rooted structural, environmental and attitudinal barriers. This means undertaking a deep analysis of what these barriers are. Structural barriers are found in the interaction between the disabled person and the state and result from how and to whom we give power and resources. Environmental barriers are found in the interaction between disabled people and the physical and social environment, evidenced by disablist language, institutional policies, professional practices and inaccessible physical environments. Finally, attitudinal barriers are found in the interaction between disabled people and non-disabled people and in disabled people's own internalised attitudes towards themselves, learned from the world of which they are part. These barriers comprise psychoemotional and behavioural responses towards impairment, evident in assumptions, perceptions, prejudices and practices.

Seeking to dismantle these barriers requires an investigation not just of the barriers themselves but also how they came to exist.

Entry requirements

A primary Degree (min 2:2) OR equivalent academic credits (Candidates who do not meet this criterion, but who have relevant prior learning or experience will be considered in certain circumstances) Online access and a good quality broadband connection.

Duration

Duration:
PG Cert 1 year
PG Dip 2 years
Masters Degree 3 years

Careers or further progression

Research/Employment Opportunities:
Students are empowered in their professional / working lives to respond proactively to change and become key drivers in policy, practice and service provision. This postgraduate pathway will support employment and promotional opportunities within the Disability Sector. This programme is a route to progressing to Masters level education. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in disability. That might include disabled people, Health Professionals working with disabled people, families and carers of disabled people and people who work in any roles with connections to the disability / community or voluntary sector.

Further enquiries

Susan Carton
Department of Nursing,
Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill, Sligo
T: 071-9135620
E: scarton@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Content
The Postgraduate Pathway in Disability Studies programme is modular in design. Students will undertake a series of modules*. In total the programme will be worth 90 ECTS (Certificate - 30 ECTS, PG Diploma - 60 ECTS & Master of Science - 90 ECTS). The programme runs over one - three years on a part-time basis.

*There will be an option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of year one of the programme, or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of years one and two of the programme.

Programme Structure:
Year 1:
• Historical Perspectives in Disability Studies
• Personal and Social Perspectives in Disability Studies
• The Lived Experience of Disability

Year 2:
• Elective Module (Choose one from; Social Inclusion / Building Competence for Community Activism / Education, Work and Disability / Disability Arts)
• Advanced Research Methods
• Applied Social Policy & Disability Equality

Year 3:
• Dissertation Practicum

Application date

Application Process: www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Please download Application Form from the Downloads and Other Information tab, or contact:

Margaret Hession
Department Of Nursing, Sciences and Disability Studies
St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo
E: mhession@stangelas.nuigalway.ie
P: 353 (0)7191 95540

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