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HDS106 - Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion

Year:2020 unit information
Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kate Anderson




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Average of 2 hours each week on campus plus additional online learning experiences

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities, including a 2 hour online seminar each week


Disability is part of the natural diversity of humankind. This unit explores the complex and dynamic interrelationships between people who have a disability and the society in which they live. Students learn about the different models and frameworks used in defining disability, and their impact on social structures and policy. The unit examines the mechanisms behind social inclusion and exclusion of people with disability, including structural, environmental, and personal influences, from childhood to old-age. Throughout the unit students practice applying inclusion philosophies such as Universal Design, to optimise inclusion across a range of participation settings (e.g., education, recreation, accommodation, sexuality, and family life). This is a level one unit in the People, Society and Disability major on the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. Students in other courses may study this unit as an elective.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Discuss disability as an interrelationship between the person with disability, their impairment, and their environment.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Define and account for the processes of inclusion and exclusion in relation to people with disability in society.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Describe the consequences of exclusion and inclusion for individuals, families, and society across the life-course and from local and global perspectives.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Generate and evaluate strategies for inclusion across a range of participation contexts.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Communicate information about diversity, disability, and inclusion in an appropriate format for a general public audience.

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy


Evaluate own work performance against unit learning outcomes and set performance criteria, and modify performance on the basis of feedback.

GLO6: Self-management



Trimester 2:
Assessment description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Online multiple choice quiz 1 quiz 20%
  • Week 6
Assessment 2: Online roleplay Equivalent to 1,600 words 40%
  • Weeks 6 - 8
Assessment 3: Multimedia presentation and annotated bibliography 1,600 words 40%
  • Weeks 10 - 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HDS106 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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