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Disability Studies (MA)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)

Overview

* Apply now for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

Hear from a tutor and student about Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope.

 

Disability Studies is a relatively new but rapidly growing academic discipline, as illustrated by the international proliferation of courses, events, networks, journals, book series, monographs, edited collections, and so on. Though drawing on this progress substantially, the Disability Studies MA differs from similar programmes insofar as it places particular emphasis on cultural issues. We are not only interested in the policies, prejudices, and professions around disability but also its representation in literature, media, film, art and so on. Liverpool Hope University is particularly well suited as a host for this programme on many counts. Most obviously, and indeed most importantly, we have a wealth of specialist staff and resources. We have a number of experts in Disability Studies, award winning tutors, and internationally recognised scholars and researchers. What is more, the regional, national, and international profile of the programme is enhanced greatly by the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies–and, by extension, the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, the Literary Disability Studies book series, the on-going seminar series, and the International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars–that is housed at the Graduate School in the Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University. 

What our students say: 

Afusat E. Badamasi: "My friends asked me why I was coming to Hope University to do the Disability Studies MA ‘of all courses’. Timidly, I said I needed to develop my career. After just two sessions each of the Critical Disability Theory and Disability and Professional Practice modules, my perspective changed. Dr David Bolt’s passion for the course has me craving for more." Read more from Afusat E. Badamasi 

Leah Burch: "The Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University provides opportunity to engage critically with the growing field of disability studies. The course modules are testament to the interdisciplinary of disability studies, offering students the chance to engage deeply with the theoretical frameworks that are applicable to their own interest." Read more from Leah Burch

Harriet Dunn:  "Following the completion of my undergraduate degree in Education (SEN) in 2014, I decided to undertake the Disability Studies MA. This enabled me to follow my passion for research in the field. I particularly enjoyed the Disability and Disciplines module and the variety of topics it allowed us to discuss."  Read more from Harriet Dunn

Baljit Gandhi:  "The Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module allowed me to re-consider and evaluate my own practice through the deconstruction of language and social conventions. " Read more from Baljit Gandhi

Ella Houston:  "The Disability Studies MA has been a profound, personal, and dynamic learning experience that I am deeply passionate about." Read more from Ella Houston

Nicholas McGowan:  "I could not have asked for a more rewarding or enriching experience than those encountered within my learning on the Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module. Engrossing, engaging, and accessible. " Read more from Nicholas McGowan

Moyo Mwaihola:  "The Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module at Hope widened my knowledge and transformed my thinking in relation to disability." Read more from Moyo Mwaihola

Florence Nekesa:  "The Disability Studies MA modules provided me with a comprehensive insight into the changing and challenging nature of disability; they gave me the knowledge and skills to meet those challenges and the opportunity to explore a wide range of disability-related issues; but most importantly, they gave me a reminder that what I was studying is relevant to everyday life."  Read more from Florence Nekesa

Stephen Newport:  "One of the key strengths of the Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University is the calibre and passion of the lecturers involved."  Read more from Stephen Newport

Gordon Steel:  "On the Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module, Associate Professor David Bolt and his team establish the emergence and development of disability as a differentiating characteristic within society." Read more from Gordon Steel  


Curriculum

In accordance with the University’s Regulations/Guidelines on Master’s qualifications, the MA Disability Studies consists of a 180 credits taught postgraduate programme. The programme offers exit awards at the Postgraduate Certificate stage (60 credits) and the Postgraduate Diploma stage (120 credits). The research phase leads to completion of a dissertation through independent study with individual research supervision. To achieve the full award (180 credits) students must take a range of taught modules up to the value of 120 credits and complete the research phase, which follows a 15+45 credit model.

The modules covered include Critical Disability Theory; Disability and Professional Practice; Modelling Disability; Disability and Disciplines; Research Methods; and a Dissertation. 

Critical Disability Theory (30 credits)

Focusing on critical theory from the modern and postmodern eras, this module provides a basis for an interrogation of Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs. From Freud to Foucault, Goffman to Garland-Thomson, Derrida to Davis, McRuer to Murray, and so on, the module follows the progression of critical disability theory from the early twentieth century to the present day. Though explicitly theoretical, the content of the module is grounded in experiential knowledge. Concepts such as stigma, the normate, panopticism, normalcy, narrative prosthesis, dismodernism, crip theory, aesthetic nervousness, autistic presence, and the metanarrative of blindness are explored in relation to social, cultural, and individual attitudes toward impairment, disability and education. 

Disability and Professional Practice (30 credits)

The relationship between disability and professional practice can be both problematic and productive. This relationship is explored in the module as an array of perspectives and expertise is considered. Training, teaching, therapy, legislation, and so on, are all manifestly praiseworthy but nonetheless warrant critical engagement. How and by whom is disability voiced within the professions? These are some of the many provocative questions that the module explores in relation to the professional context.

Modelling Disability (30 credits)

Disability has been conceptualised in many ways and for many purposes. In the past it tended to be non-disabled people who were responsible for the conceptualising and theorising of disability. In recent years, however, thanks largely to disability activism, disabled people have taken control of the ways in which disability is modelled. In order to gain a better idea of what is meant by disability, the module takes a critical journey through religious, charity, medical, social, affirmative, cultural, and other models of disability.

Disability and Disciplines (30 credits)

Disability studies, according to many definitions, originated in the social sciences. It is, however, also highly relevant to the humanities. Indeed, Disability Studies has great multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary potential (not to mention credentials). The representation of disability is important in culture as well as in society. In probing this fact, the module brings together interests in Disability Studies and for instance, art, literature, culture, literacy, film, media, and music.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

In certain circumstances the University also permits study that students have already carried out at Postgraduate level to be taken into account – see the Governance section of the website for more information. 

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two centres and research fora / groups:

Students taking a Masters in the Education Faculty may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

Employability

Students completing the MA will be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope or elsewhere. Beyond the academy disability studies is relevant to many careers. “Some industries seem to do better during uncertain times than others,” states the Open University’s website, and the “number of people likely to need access to care services is predicted to double over the next 25 years.” This fact only reflects a tiny aspect of the rich reality of disability but nonetheless invokes the truism at the heart of Disability Studies, that if we live long enough we all become disabled. As we are living increasingly long lives the need for a profound appreciation of disability is becoming increasingly great.

Overview

* Apply now for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

Hear from a tutor and student about Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope.

 

Disability Studies is a relatively new but rapidly growing academic discipline, as illustrated by the international proliferation of courses, events, networks, journals, book series, monographs, edited collections, and so on. Though drawing on this progress substantially, the Disability Studies MA differs from similar programmes insofar as it places particular emphasis on cultural issues. We are not only interested in the policies, prejudices, and professions around disability but also its representation in literature, media, film, art and so on. Liverpool Hope University is particularly well suited as a host for this programme on many counts. Most obviously, and indeed most importantly, we have a wealth of specialist staff and resources. We have a number of experts in Disability Studies, award winning tutors, and internationally recognised scholars and researchers. What is more, the regional, national, and international profile of the programme is enhanced greatly by the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies–and, by extension, the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, the Literary Disability Studies book series, the on-going seminar series, and the International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars–that is housed at the Graduate School in the Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University. 

What our students say: 

Afusat E. Badamasi: "My friends asked me why I was coming to Hope University to do the Disability Studies MA ‘of all courses’. Timidly, I said I needed to develop my career. After just two sessions each of the Critical Disability Theory and Disability and Professional Practice modules, my perspective changed. Dr David Bolt’s passion for the course has me craving for more." Read more from Afusat E. Badamasi 

Leah Burch: "The Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University provides opportunity to engage critically with the growing field of disability studies. The course modules are testament to the interdisciplinary of disability studies, offering students the chance to engage deeply with the theoretical frameworks that are applicable to their own interest." Read more from Leah Burch

Harriet Dunn:  "Following the completion of my undergraduate degree in Education (SEN) in 2014, I decided to undertake the Disability Studies MA. This enabled me to follow my passion for research in the field. I particularly enjoyed the Disability and Disciplines module and the variety of topics it allowed us to discuss."  Read more from Harriet Dunn

Baljit Gandhi:  "The Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module allowed me to re-consider and evaluate my own practice through the deconstruction of language and social conventions. " Read more from Baljit Gandhi

Ella Houston:  "The Disability Studies MA has been a profound, personal, and dynamic learning experience that I am deeply passionate about." Read more from Ella Houston

Nicholas McGowan:  "I could not have asked for a more rewarding or enriching experience than those encountered within my learning on the Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module. Engrossing, engaging, and accessible. " Read more from Nicholas McGowan

Moyo Mwaihola:  "The Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module at Hope widened my knowledge and transformed my thinking in relation to disability." Read more from Moyo Mwaihola

Florence Nekesa:  "The Disability Studies MA modules provided me with a comprehensive insight into the changing and challenging nature of disability; they gave me the knowledge and skills to meet those challenges and the opportunity to explore a wide range of disability-related issues; but most importantly, they gave me a reminder that what I was studying is relevant to everyday life."  Read more from Florence Nekesa

Stephen Newport:  "One of the key strengths of the Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University is the calibre and passion of the lecturers involved."  Read more from Stephen Newport

Gordon Steel:  "On the Critical Disability Theory Disability Studies MA module, Associate Professor David Bolt and his team establish the emergence and development of disability as a differentiating characteristic within society." Read more from Gordon Steel  


Curriculum

In accordance with the University’s Regulations/Guidelines on Master’s qualifications, the MA Disability Studies consists of a 180 credits taught postgraduate programme. The programme offers exit awards at the Postgraduate Certificate stage (60 credits) and the Postgraduate Diploma stage (120 credits). The research phase leads to completion of a dissertation through independent study with individual research supervision. To achieve the full award (180 credits) students must take a range of taught modules up to the value of 120 credits and complete the research phase, which follows a 15+45 credit model.

The modules covered include Critical Disability Theory; Disability and Professional Practice; Modelling Disability; Disability and Disciplines; Research Methods; and a Dissertation. 

Critical Disability Theory (30 credits)

Focusing on critical theory from the modern and postmodern eras, this module provides a basis for an interrogation of Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs. From Freud to Foucault, Goffman to Garland-Thomson, Derrida to Davis, McRuer to Murray, and so on, the module follows the progression of critical disability theory from the early twentieth century to the present day. Though explicitly theoretical, the content of the module is grounded in experiential knowledge. Concepts such as stigma, the normate, panopticism, normalcy, narrative prosthesis, dismodernism, crip theory, aesthetic nervousness, autistic presence, and the metanarrative of blindness are explored in relation to social, cultural, and individual attitudes toward impairment, disability and education. 

Disability and Professional Practice (30 credits)

The relationship between disability and professional practice can be both problematic and productive. This relationship is explored in the module as an array of perspectives and expertise is considered. Training, teaching, therapy, legislation, and so on, are all manifestly praiseworthy but nonetheless warrant critical engagement. How and by whom is disability voiced within the professions? These are some of the many provocative questions that the module explores in relation to the professional context.

Modelling Disability (30 credits)

Disability has been conceptualised in many ways and for many purposes. In the past it tended to be non-disabled people who were responsible for the conceptualising and theorising of disability. In recent years, however, thanks largely to disability activism, disabled people have taken control of the ways in which disability is modelled. In order to gain a better idea of what is meant by disability, the module takes a critical journey through religious, charity, medical, social, affirmative, cultural, and other models of disability.

Disability and Disciplines (30 credits)

Disability studies, according to many definitions, originated in the social sciences. It is, however, also highly relevant to the humanities. Indeed, Disability Studies has great multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary potential (not to mention credentials). The representation of disability is important in culture as well as in society. In probing this fact, the module brings together interests in Disability Studies and for instance, art, literature, culture, literacy, film, media, and music.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

In certain circumstances the University also permits study that students have already carried out at Postgraduate level to be taken into account – see the Governance section of the website for more information. 

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two centres and research fora / groups:

Students taking a Masters in the Education Faculty may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

Employability

Students completing the MA will be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope or elsewhere. Beyond the academy disability studies is relevant to many careers. “Some industries seem to do better during uncertain times than others,” states the Open University’s website, and the “number of people likely to need access to care services is predicted to double over the next 25 years.” This fact only reflects a tiny aspect of the rich reality of disability but nonetheless invokes the truism at the heart of Disability Studies, that if we live long enough we all become disabled. As we are living increasingly long lives the need for a profound appreciation of disability is becoming increasingly great.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment Team

t: 0151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Dr David Bolt

Award Co-ordinator

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3346

e: boltd@hope.ac.uk

Department: Education Studies

Facebook link: Facebook/MA Disability Studies

Start Date: September

How to Apply