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Bachelor of Arts (Disability Equality Studies)
Course Code: INT57
Award:

On successful completion of 4 years of the course:

Bachelor of Arts (Disability Equality Studies)

or

On successful completion of the first 2 years of the course:

  • Diploma in Arts (Disability Equality Studies)

or the following options are also available:

  • Certificate in Disability Studies
  • Standalone Module in Disability Studies

Please click here for information on the Certificate course and here for information on the Standalone Module.

Entry Requirements:

Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence this BA. Candidates are, however, expected to have good reading and writing skills, and basic IT skills, as independent home study is required. Candidates under 21 years should meet the University’s minimum matriculation entry requirements.

Those for whom English is not the first language should check the university requirements at:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/international/english.html

School Leavers

Minimum grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the leaving certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

For language exemptions please refer to the National University of Ireland guidance at http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp


Duration:

4 years
Students may exit after successfully completing 2 years of the programme, with a Diploma in Disability Equality Studies.

Fees (euro):

€2,800 for 2017/18.

We have striven to make the programme as accessible as possible and this figure represents a considerable saving in comparison to a similar course undertaken on a full-time basis.

 

Next Intake:

September 2017

Closing Date: 2017-06-23

Programme Overview

Background to the programme
There are approximately 600,000 disabled people living in Ireland (approximately 13% of the population). When this statistic is applied to the day-to day experience of most Irish citizens however, it is rarely the case that 13% of the people we go to school with, work with, socialise with, elect, consult or otherwise meet, are disabled colleagues or friends. This indicates that there is an absence of disabled people as equal and effective citizens in Irish society. How our society ’disables’ people requires robust investigation.
Other statistics bear this out; the level of education completed by disabled people is substantially lower than that achieved in the general population. Disabled people are much less likely to have completed third level education. The unemployment rate amongst disabled people is higher than (30.8%, compared with 19%) in the overall population. Disabled people have poorer general health than the overall population (CSO, 2011).
Disability studies allow us to understand that these poorer outcomes arise, not because of the impairment or condition - which is a fact of life for the individual � but because society has been constructed by non-disabled people, with non-disabled people in mind. Disability studies allow us to understand disability in a different way; not as a health issue or something to be ‘cured, nor as something to arouse sympathy, but as a political and social issue. The study of ‘disability’ is therefore inextricably linked to the concept of equality.

So, what will disability equality look like?  We expect that graduates will work towards shaping an Ireland where disabled people will be visible, empowered and participating in all spheres of public and private life.

St. Angela’s College and Disability Studies (full-time and part-time)
St. Angela’s College have been running the full-time BA (Health and Disability Studies) since 2011. This was the first, social-model led, level 8 disability studies programme in the Republic of Ireland. St. Angela’s College is well positioned to facilitate the study of equality and social inclusion for and with disabled and non-disabled people, from across the island. In partnership with The Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA) we have now developed the part-time BA (Disability Equality Studies) in response to the issues outlined above. DESSA are the national leaders in developing and delivering social inclusion initiatives and effective mainstreaming for and with disabled people and their families. This partnership provides an opportunity to work with experts in the field and also creates a connection to community services and Disability Equality Networks facilitated by DESSA.
This programme will be delivered in a blended learning format. This means that students will study independently at home, supported by on-line lectures and assignments and they will attend a small number of workshops which will be scheduled throughout the academic year, from September to May. Depending on the numbers and locations of students, these workshops may be offered in various geographic locations in Ireland. St. Angela’s College and DESSA are also delighted that the programme will have a strong input from disabled academics and activists.  

This programme is intended for:

This programme may be of interest to disabled people in Ireland, or people currently working in the disability and community sectors. People working for, or living with, disabled people may also be interested in the programme. DESSA delivers a nation-wide Empowering-Parents Programme and Peer-Mentoring training that has initiated research that identifies how disabled people, parents/siblings and guardians are seeking effective 3rd-level options for accredited disability-equality further education.

Programme Structure

Overview

This programme is provided on a modular basis over four years through blended learning; combining independent home study, online learning and workshops. Students will undertake 3 modules in semester 1 (September to December) and 3 modules in semester 2 (January to April) each year. Each module carries a number of European Credit Transfers (ECTS) with students undertaking 45 credits per year.

Students will study independently at home, supported by on-line lectures and assignments and will attend workshops for selected modules. These workshops will be scheduled throughout the academic year, from September to May.

Programme content*
Year 1

  • Concepts and Paradigms of Disability
  • Sociology
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Mapping the Lived Experience of Disabled People in Ireland
  • Human Rights and Equality
  • Understanding Politics

Year 2

  • Mapping the Lived Experience of Disabled People in Ireland
  • Communities in Focus
  • Equality and Inequalities in Ireland
  • Advocacy 1
  • Social Inclusion
  • Disabily and the Media

Year 3

  • Advocacy 2
  • Sexuality and Relationships
  • Intersectionality, Gender & Ethnicity
  • Education, Work and Disability
  • Disability Arts and Culture
  • Research Methods 1

Year 4

  • Research Methods 2
  • Mainstreaming Disability
  • Governance
  • Project Planning
  • Policy Development
  • Law

* Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time, for any of the above modules under exceptional circumstances, approved by the College of Arts, NUI Galway.

Career Opportunities

NUI Galway and St. Angelas College, Sligo offer a range of Postgraduate programmes that will be suited to the graduates of the BA (Disability Equality Studies). Students may choose to pursue further studies in the areas of Disability Studies or Community Development for example.

This degree programme will offer a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates will have the requisite knowledge and transferable skills to work in the community or disability sector at the individual, group or organisation level. They may pursue a career in the public service, voluntary or statutory agencies or in the private sector.

Our vision for graduates from St. Angela’s College/DESSA BA (Disability Equality Studies) Degree Course is that they will occupy a number of leading policy-to-practice roles in projects focussed on mainstreaming with and for disabled people. As professional staff, they will be concerned with driving mainstreaming & disability-equality led policy in statutory, voluntary & community sectors. Those graduates who work in the disability service sector will lead the way in organisation and systematic transformation towards effective ‘bridging’ processes with mainstream communities. Those graduates working in the community, sport and health promotion areas will effectively coordinate access with disabled people to geographical and issue-based communities.

Effective mainstreaming will be primarily achieved with disabled people through St. Angela’s graduates designing, delivering and evaluating programmes via community development led resources. Graduates will also facilitate partnerships & networks with agencies, reflecting the Government’s Disability Strategy of mainstream social inclusion and open employment.

Graduates will be able to work for and with disabled people to:

  • Identify Disability Equality frameworks in a mainstreaming context.
  • Analyse disabling barriers to mainstream social inclusion.
  • Reccommend achievable methodologies of transforming mainstream barriers and restrictions.
  • Design, deliver and evaluate mainstream access.

Graduates of the BA (Disability Equality Studies) may be involved in:

  • Community development programmes and support for practical advocacy and peer mentoring
  • Ensuring effective disability mainstreaming.
  • Policy research or strategy: keeping abreast of political developments, identifying key stakeholders in the decision-making process at European, national, regional and local government level, researching international trends etc.
  • Administration: issues such as managing staff and budgets, and volunteer co-ordination (recruitment, training and co-ordination).

Graduates will be prepared to play leadership roles in such settings as:

  • Disability Services and Organisations
  • Community Service Agencies
  • Youth and Sport agencies and organisations
  • Leader and Area Partnership programmes
  • Women’s and gender equality programmes
  • Community Development organisations
  • State and local government agencies
  • National policy or advocacy organizations


The programme is also relevant to the needs of people already employed in these areas who wish to gain an academic qualification. 

Career Opportunities

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Contact Details

Susan Carton
T: 071 91 35 620
E: scarton@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

FAQs Disability Studies/Disability Equality Studies

FAQ – Disability Studies / Disability Equality Studies

Why were the BA /Diploma (Disability Equality Studies) programme, the Certificate in Disability Studies programme and the Stand-alone Module developed?
The suite of disability studies / disability equality studies were developed to accommodate a growing need for effective 3rd-level, accredited disability-equality education. That growing needs is evident among; disabled people, those working in the disability sector or elsewhere and people who have commitments that prevent them attending college, so a suite of online options was created.

Who is it aimed at?
These options are aimed at anyone with an interest in disability. That might include disabled people, people working for or with disabled people, families and carers of disabled people and those working in the disability or community sectors, for example.

I am neither disabled nor do I work in the disability sector. Is it still a good idea for me to do this course?
Yes. We understand that the subject and format of the courses may suit you, even if you are not in one of the above categories. We welcome any applicants with an interest in disability.

Are preferences for entry shown for applicants from the above categories?
No preferences will be shown based on the above categories.

Do I need to have the leaving cert or equivalent to gain admission to the programme?
No. Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence disability studies / disability equality studies. Candidates are, however, expected to have good reading and writing skills, and basic IT skills, as independent home study is required. Candidates under 21 years should meet the university’s minimum matriculation entry requirements:

Minimum grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the leaving certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

For more detailed info on NUI matriculation read here: http://www.nui.ie/college/docs/matricRegs/matricRegs_2015_2016_EN.pdf
For queries on exemptions from the minimum matriculation requirements please contact student services: uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call 071 9195514
Those for whom English is not the first language should check the university requirements at:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/international/english.html

How do I apply for the BA /Diploma (Disability Equality Studies) programme, the Certificate in Disability Studies programme and the Stand-alone Module?
The Standalone Module
Students wishing to opt for the Stand-alone Module should download the application form, fill it in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: M Hession, Bachelor of Arts Office, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.   

The Certificate in Disability Studies
Students wishing to enrol onto the Certificate in Disability Studies programme, should download the application form, fill in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: M Hession, Bachelor of Arts Office, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.

The BA/Diploma (Disability Equality Studies)
Students wishing to enrol onto the BA/Diploma (Disability Equality Studies) programme, should download the application form, fill in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: M Hession, Bachelor of Arts Office, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.

Applications open on April 3rd 2017

Do I have to attend for a selection interview?
No, there will be no interviews for selection. Selection will be based on your application form only.

When will I know if I’ve got accepted onto the module/programme?
Receipt of application form will be acknowledged by email.   Applicants will be responded to by the 30th June 2017

Are there a minimum number of students needed to run the programme?
Yes, 16 students are required in order to run the programme.

If I apply, at what stage will I know if the course is actually going ahead or not?
You will know if the course is going ahead no later than the 15th September 2017

Is the BA an honours degree programme?
Yes, the BA is an honours degree programme, NFQ Level 8.


What is the duration of the programme?
4 years.


Is there an option for finishing up after two years and if so, what award will I get?
Yes, if you have successfully completed the first two years of the programme, you can exit the programme at this point with a Diploma in Arts (Disability Equality Studies).


What are some of the modules (subjects) I will be studying?

  • Concepts and Paradigms of Disability
  • Sociology
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Mapping the Lived Experience of Disabled People in Ireland
  • Human Rights and Equality
  • Understanding Politics
  • Mapping the Lived Experience of Disabled People in Ireland
  • Communities in Focus
  • Equality and Inequalities in Ireland
  • Advocacy 1
  • Social Inclusion
  • Disabily and the Media
  • Advocacy 2
  • Sexuality and Relationships
  • Intersectionality, Gender & Ethnicity
  • Education, Work and Disability
  • Disability Arts and Culture
  • Research Methods 1
  • Research Methods 2
  • Mainstreaming Disability
  • Governance
  • Project Planning
  • Policy Development
  • Law

What level of award is the Certificate in Disability Studies?
The certificate is an NFQ Level 7 award  
What is the duration of the programme?
1 year.
What are the modules (subjects) I will be studying?

  • Concepts and Paradigms of Disability
  • Mapping the Lived Experience of Disabled People in Ireland

Are there any academic credits associated with the standalone module?
Yes students successfully completing the assessment will gain 10 ECTs which can be used towards an award in the future.

What is the duration of the programme?
September 2017.

What is the module I will be studying?
Concepts and Paradigms of Disability

How are these modules assessed?
Assessment of course modules is by written assignments and a variety of project work in each year of the programme. There are no examinations.

What sort of jobs might the degree lead to?
The degree programme will offer a wide range of career opportunities within the disability sector, from service delivery to policy-making to administration. Graduates will have the requisite knowledge and transferable skills to advance their careers in the Disbaility / Community Sector at the individual, group or community level.
Students may also choose to pursue further studies in the areas of Disability Studies or Community Development, for example.
For a more detailed look at the type of opportunities we envisage for graduates of this course you can read our Further Studies and Career Opportunities Tab.

Will I be expected to attend college in Sligo?
No, you will study independently from home, supported by on-line lectures and assignments. You will also attend workshops for selected modules. These workshops will be scheduled throughout the academic year, from September to May, and will be located at different centres throughout the country, depending on where the students are located.
However, you will have to attend a two-day orientation day at St. Angela’s College in Sligo. At the beginning of the programme. This will take place in September 2017 and will be on a Friday and Saturday (Proposed dates 22nd and 23rd September 2107, NOT CONFIRMED)

What will the workshops consist of?
The workshops offer a chance to explore further some of the topics studied online, to give them a practical application and to answer questions on a face-to-face basis.

Where will the workshops be taking place?
The locations of the workshops will depend on the number of students and their geographical locations. We expect there will be workshops in Dublin, Sligo and Kerry, but again this is dependent on numbers.

Can I choose the location of the workshops I attend?
Yes, as long as they are being provided in different locations and this depends on the numbers of students in these locations.

Approximately how many workshops will there be?
Up to 4 per year.

How is the programme examined?
Continuous assessment is used in these options – you will undertake project work online, assignments and essays.

I have not studied in a long time, will that matter?
No, as long as you have the basic reading, writing and IT skills that enable you to study independently.

What kind of online resources will be available to me for research/completing assignments?
You will have access to St. Angela’s Moodle platform for course notes and resources. You will also have access to NUI Galway’s extensive online library resources.

What kind of technical facilities will I need at home?

  • A good quality broadband connection with low latency. It should at a very minimum be greater than 56kbps
  • All St Angela’s College registered students are entitled to download and install up to 5 copies of Microsoft office 2013. For details of how to do this please see: http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/portals/student_faq.php?id=15
  • We recommend internet explorer 8 or later and/or the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari. All are available to download and install free of charge, but restrictions may apply depending on your operating system.
  • You may need to install adobe flash player or adobe reader. These can be downloaded and installed free of charge.
  • For more details on technical specifications: http://www.adobe.com/ie/products/adobeconnect/tech-specs.html

What are the annual fees of the degree?
The Standalone Module fees are €495 payable on Registration
The Certificate in Disability Studies fees are €995 payable on Registration
BA (Disability Equality Studies) €2800 for 2017/18. We have striven to make the programme as accessible as possible and this figure represents a considerable saving in comparison to a similar course undertaken on a full-time basis.

Will I be able to pay the fees in stages?
Yes, you will be able to pay the fees in two stages: half the payment at the start of the programme, in September and the other half at the start of semester 2, in January.

As this is my first time studying at degree level am I entitled to claim under the free fees initiative?
No. As the course is part-time you will not be eligible for the free fees initiative. 

Can I claim tax relief on the fees?
Yes, you can claim tax relief of 20% on the fees. Find out more here:
http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it1.html#section21

I am unemployed, will attendance at the programme affect my benefits?
No, you will still receive whatever benefits you were receiving before enrolling.

I have a specific learning difficulty. How will the college support me during the programme?
St Angela’s College values the participation of disabled students who may have a medical or mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty and promotes a learning environment that will enable all students to become independent learners and highly skilled graduates.
Prospective students may find out more about St Angela’s Student Services at http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/departments/details.php?dept=Student%20Services&&info=About 
You can contact our student services officer directly at uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call +353 71 9195514
Or our Disability Officer at Disability@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call +353 71 9195543
For help with essay writing the Academic Writing Centre at NUIG provides a phone service for distance learners. Find out more information here: http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/awc/

Where can I get more information about the programme?
All the information on the Disability Equality Programme should be here on the website and on this FAQ. If you can’t find the information you need please contact St. Angela’s at: schoolsinfo@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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