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Disability Studies (MA)

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

Overview

*  Upto £10,280 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL) for 2017 entry

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 

Maggie Boyle: "The Disability Studies MA has exceeded my expectations in all respects. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme makes it relevant to a range of practices and professions, be it in Education, Humanities, Social Sciences or the Arts." Read more from Maggie Boyle 

Freya Buckley: "When I first started the Disability Studies MA I lacked confidence and felt overwhelmed by the thought of MA level study." Read more from Freya Buckley 

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

Cathryn Gawthorpe: "The Disability Studies MA tutors, especially David Bolt, are excited to hear your opinions, something I didn’t experience at my last university." Read more from Cathryn Gawthorpe

Katie Highfield: "Having a scientific background, with a degree in psychology, I was introduced to a wide range of scholarly works from different fields. The Disability Studies MA built upon my pre-existing knowledge and reignited a passion in me for writing, inspired by the excellent teaching and course content." Read more from Katie Highfield

Anna Hindle: "I enjoy undertaking the Disability Studies MA within the friendly department at Liverpool Hope University. The readings are always interesting and the seminars involve a lot of discussion whereby everyone’s opinion is valued and explored. " Read more from Anna Hindle

Holly Lightburn: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University. The course is diverse and fulfilling, allowing me and the other students to challenge our perceptions of society and the concept of normal." Read more from Holly Lightburn

Heidi Mapley: "Aligned with the CCDS, the Disability Studies MA forms part of a prosperous research community. As a result, my research has been enriched beyond measure." Read more from Heidi Mapley

Amy Owen-Burrows: "The Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University has been very engaging and fulfilling through the use of multi-media approaches to the field alongside analytical, critical discussions with peers which have been consistently inclusive and thought provoking." Read more from Amy Owen-Burrows

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Dissertation (30 credits)

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 Research centres and forums:

Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education 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

*  Upto £10,280 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL) for 2017 entry

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 

Maggie Boyle: "The Disability Studies MA has exceeded my expectations in all respects. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme makes it relevant to a range of practices and professions, be it in Education, Humanities, Social Sciences or the Arts." Read more from Maggie Boyle 

Freya Buckley: "When I first started the Disability Studies MA I lacked confidence and felt overwhelmed by the thought of MA level study." Read more from Freya Buckley 

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

Cathryn Gawthorpe: "The Disability Studies MA tutors, especially David Bolt, are excited to hear your opinions, something I didn’t experience at my last university." Read more from Cathryn Gawthorpe

Katie Highfield: "Having a scientific background, with a degree in psychology, I was introduced to a wide range of scholarly works from different fields. The Disability Studies MA built upon my pre-existing knowledge and reignited a passion in me for writing, inspired by the excellent teaching and course content." Read more from Katie Highfield

Anna Hindle: "I enjoy undertaking the Disability Studies MA within the friendly department at Liverpool Hope University. The readings are always interesting and the seminars involve a lot of discussion whereby everyone’s opinion is valued and explored. " Read more from Anna Hindle

Holly Lightburn: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University. The course is diverse and fulfilling, allowing me and the other students to challenge our perceptions of society and the concept of normal." Read more from Holly Lightburn

Heidi Mapley: "Aligned with the CCDS, the Disability Studies MA forms part of a prosperous research community. As a result, my research has been enriched beyond measure." Read more from Heidi Mapley

Amy Owen-Burrows: "The Disability Studies MA at Liverpool Hope University has been very engaging and fulfilling through the use of multi-media approaches to the field alongside analytical, critical discussions with peers which have been consistently inclusive and thought provoking." Read more from Amy Owen-Burrows

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Dissertation (30 credits)

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 Research centres and forums:

Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education 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: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Dr David Bolt

Award Co-ordinator

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3346

e: boltd@hope.ac.uk

Faculty: Education

Facebook link: Facebook/MA Disability Studies

Start Date: October only

How to Apply