PSY40890 Disability Policy Legislation

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module provides students with an in-depth and critical understanding of national and international legislation and evidence-based policy. The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability has heralded significant change for persons with disability and the manner in which they are supported to live a life of their choosing. This module explores how the Irish state has responded to the Convention through the introduction of new legislation, policy and practice.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Identify key national and international disability policies and legislation.
2. Critically evaluate past and present disability policy and legislation.
3. Evaluate the efficacy of disability policy and legislation in Ireland.
4. Critically reflect on the impact of disability policy and legislation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, peer & group work, reflective learning, active learning 
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 assignment Week 6 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


Attendance: Attendance and Participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: A reflection on the student's learning during this module and how this may be applied in the future Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 10:00 - 12:50