HMDEV320-23B (NET)

Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: Intersecting Identities and Experiences

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What this paper is about

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The body has always been a site of political struggle. Gender, colour, disability, and other expressions of human diversity have always intersected in ways that affect the access different bodies have to community spaces, places, information, and resources. In what has been described as the 'last liberation movement', disabled peoples' resistance, both to their marginalisation and to the narratives used to legitimise discrimination coalesce with the demand for countries like New Zealand to move from a 'disabling' to 'fully inclusive' society.

Consistent with the aims of the, now global, disability movement, the course places a human rights framework at the centre of its exploration of whether disabled people have equal and equivalent opportunities to participate in the spaces and places of civic society. To do that we will introduce you to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the social policy and legislation that provides the architecture of the human rights framework with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand today. And in the final three Discussion Topics, we take a deeper dive to explore how inclusive public spaces, schools, and workplaces are, and whether reimagining the disabled body as a site of possibility can transform these settings into more vital, profitable, and welcoming spaces for every-body.

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The Shape of the paper

In HMDEV320-22B, we will explore the central question of, “how to construct a society that is inclusive of every-body? We will do this mahi together by working as a learning community within six related Discussion Topics.

  1. Ko wai au? Weeks 1 & 2
  2. He tangagta, he tangagta, he tangagta. Weeks 3 & 4
  3. He waka eke noa. Weeks 5 & 6
  4. Ko te whare e hanga te tangata, ko te tangata e hangaia e te where. Weeks 7 & 8
  5. Whaiwhia te kete mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou. Weeks 9 & 10
  6. Mā pango mā whero ka oti te mahi. Weeks 11 & 12

Although we hope you read and dip into each Discussion Topic in a fluid and non-linear way, we begin by exploring how the disabled body has been culturally represented, and how the beliefs and values that underwrite those readings have shaped the way society has responded to those who move, think, imagine, create, and connect differently. From there we will unpack what might be meant by a fully inclusive society and how disabled peoples' vision of what that might look like is changing the way we think about and measure the single most important social policy goal for Governments all over the world.

How will it work?
HMDEV320-22B: Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion is a NET paper, taught entirely online, for 12 weeks. Each interlinked Discussion Topic will run for two weeks.

Required reading and watching

All the learning materials you will need for each topic can be found on the HMDEV320-22B Moodle. In addition to a brief introduction, we have included a list of 'Required Reading & Watching'. These resources are intended to deepen your understanding of a set of Core Concepts for the Discussion Topic. You will find them, and a longer list of readings and resources that you will probably want to dip into, by clicking on the link to the HMDEV320-22B Reading List. When you get there you will see that at the top of the Reading List is a set of core resources relevant to all of the Discussion Topics and, hopefully, the careers you go on to choose beyond your studies.

Although the Discussion Topics will be taught sequentially, this library has been compiled to assist your learning across the entire paper. You should feel free to look both within and across the Discussion Topics as you follow particular lines of personal interest or want to delve a little deeper into specific questions that you have.

Discussion Topic Presentation

We have also included a slightly expanded exposition of the topic, accessible via a recorded PowerPoint Presentation and the Presentation Script. Feel free to click on those or the Presentation Script

Discussion Topic Post-notes

You and your classmates are expected to contribute to an Online Discussion Forum. Each Discussion Topic contains a question intended to stimulate further discussion and deepen critical reflection. The intent is that, together, we can build a learning community, within which you and your classmates (as learners and teachers) collaborate to broaden each others' awareness of different lived experiences and community resources.

We strongly recommend that you contribute to the forum inside of each Discussion Topic fortnight. This way the information will be current. For Assignment 3 you get to choose '2 of your best' posts and submit them with a reflection (see Assignment 3 for details)

Zoom Huis

You are invited to attend a Zoom session once a fortnight (time TBC). In the Zoom Hui we will unpack what we have seen and heard during our engagement with the topic. Attendance is not compulsory, but doing so provides an opportunity for you to clarify or deepen your understanding of the course material by talking directly to your lecturers. The zooms will be recorded and be available on Panopto.

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Required Readings

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The required readings for the paper are available on Talis. This reading list can also be accessed via the Reading List tab on Moodle or the Reading list tab on the library homepage.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Develop a good understanding of the meaning of social exclusion and inclusion and how the constructs have intersected with the lived experience of disabled people over time
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of related core constructs including: the medical, social, diversity and human rights models; disability as a political an social identity; a te ao Māori understanding of disability; intersectionality
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  • Develop an understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the way NZ is progressing these rights through legislation, policy and practice
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  • Apply knowledge of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to education, employment, access to the built environment, citizenship and political participation
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  • Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on the rights of disabled people to full and equal participation by applying a disability lens to community spaces and places they populate
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  • Be able to find, contextualise and critique disability research
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  • Work independently to identify ways of improving the design of a community space, place or activity by incorporating their course work, legislation, public policy and current best practice
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  • Develop skills to present work online and in written format using academic conventions
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Ngā aromatawai

Three assessment tasks contribute to the final grade. All of the information required to complete assigned work is available on the Moodle. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with the assessments at the beginning of the course. Reading and thinking across the paper will allow students to access additional information and resources that will help them prepare their assignments.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Tuamahi 1. Reading and critiquing an academic paper (30%)
17 Aug 2023
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Tuamahi 2 Part A & Part B
28 Sep 2023
10:59 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Tuamahi 3. Discussion forum: contribution (20%)
21 Oct 2023
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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