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MA in Disability Studies and Special Education gives you the unique opportunity to study the various theories and research methodologies available to scholars and professionals working, or planning a career, in education and related services.
The programme introduces you to a range of epistemological positions, theoretical perspectives and research tools, and considers competing views on educational policy and practice for disabled children and students.
The MA provides a general overview that forms a firm foundation upon which you can consider and critically analyse specific disability and education issues within the context of educational policy, practice and research.
The course highlights particular topics so you construct an understanding of key conceptual issues, and current developments in mainstream and special educations systems.
The course also places particular emphasis on the recent trend towards mainstreaming and 'inclusion' within schools and colleges of further and higher education at the local, national and international levels and their implications for professionals and practitioners.
MA in Disability Studies and Special Education draws on the expertise of scholars and researchers based in the internationally renowned Centre for Disability Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, and the School of Education.
If you are working, or planning a career, in Special Education * And wish to bridge the gap between your understanding of theory and practice.
If you are a service provider, practitioner or policy maker for disabled children and students
* And want to update your knowledge of the legislative framework, and review current concepts of special educational need.
then MA in Disability Studies and Special Education is the programme for you.
Compulsory ModulesDebates on Disability Theory and Research gives you the opportunity to critically evaluate recent debates and developments within social research on disability. Not only will you discuss positivist, interpretative and 'emancipatory' methodologies, alongside associated data collection and analytical strategies, you will also examine their significance for disability research.
Through the module, you will investigate theoretical perspectives, the various definitions and approaches to impairment and disability, and disability as an equal opportunities and policy issue. You will explore the impact of myths and prejudices, industrialisation and the welfare state upon cultural representations of disability.
Disability and Special Education Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the department's MA/PhD supervisory panel. Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader Disability and Special Education debates and concerns.
Optional modulesYou also choose one modules from the following list:
* Special Educational Needs: Principles and Practice
* Special Educational Needs: International Perspectives
Finally, you choose two more modules from this list to complete your programme:
* Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties
* Research Strategy and Design
* Quantitative Research Methods
* Qualitative Research Methods
* Contemporary Social Thought
* Researching Care in Comparative Perspective
* Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People
* Disability and Development
* Negotiated Study in Disability Studies
* Evaluation Research
Postgraduate Diploma in Disability and Special EducationAvailable on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module. On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA.
You can find further information on fees at University of Leeds Postgraduate Fees and Finance.
Information on Economic and Social Research Council Awards and School scholarships can be found at funding and scholarships.
Information on Scholarships can be obtained from Scholarships at Leeds.