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.