WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability (8)

This subject introduces students to social and welfare elements of disability.  It will allow students to develop knowledge of how social processes contribute to the marginalisation of people with disabilities.  It looks at the main models of disability and encourages the student to develop a critical analysis of the models and a conception of disability beyond the models.  It also looks at policy and program development, examines philosophical change, legal frameworks and critical concepts in the disability field.  It also examines institutional factors which mediate disability, notably the emergence of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of models of disability, diversity and social processes related to disability.
  • be able to demonstrate a critical application of theory and policy to disability practice
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of national and International Human Rights Frameworks Related to Disability
  • be able to demonstrate research, analysis, academic writing and digital literacy.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding of the nature of disability, including: models and theories of disability
  • Policy, legal and organisational context of disability, including: disability practice issues.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.