PSY40880 Identity Sexuality & Mortality

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces theoretical debates, issues, narratives, concepts and current constructs on identity, sexuality, mortality and trauma for individuals with disability. Identity formation is explored using a number of models to aid understanding which is then used to consider disability support and representation in society. A broad definition of sexuality informs current perspectives as they relate to the expression, support and celebration of sexuality and sexualities. Mortality, death and dying through a disability informed lens is explored.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module the student will be able to:
1. Define ‘identity ‘sexuality’ ‘mortality’ and ‘trauma’ in the context of disability and critically review societies representation, understanding and constructs informing the provision of support and services.
2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of and understanding of the evidence in health, educational and therapeutic models and services for supporting identity, sexuality and mortality for individuals with disability.
3. Explore and understand trauma, loss, bereavement and dying the context of disability.
4. Apply a reflective practice framework.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and learning will be based on collaborative enquiry that encourages the student to draw upon their experiences and knowledge. This will be facilitated through group discussion, critique and debate through the medium of seminars, lectures, group work, case studies, guided study, self-directed learning, personal reflection, student presentation and essay. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Where taken as part of MSc in Disability students are required to comply with module requirements for this programme.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Mid-term group assignment and reflective journal Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: End of year assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Online automated feedback provided through Brightspace

Name Role
Ms Caroline Dench Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sonya Deschenes Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Christina Doody Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Gillian Martin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer