The Right to Communicate - Advanced Professional Development [Level HE7] part-time
This course is focused on the right to communicate as a basic human right and the means by which other rights are realised.
All people communicate, however, the value ascribed to different forms of communication makes communication meaningful between different participants. The government initiative ‘Skills for Life’ works from a set of assumptions about literacy skills and often presents such teaching and learning strategies as non-problematic and locates the deficit within the individual learners. This course seeks to identify and analyse the problematic nature of the context of communications. It reinforces the need to place equal value on different means of communication. Where there is no meaningful communication educators have a greater obligation to work with individuals to create communication opportunities from which they can access the world around them.
During this course you will develop an understanding of the description and analysis of the social and medical model of disability; analyse different means of communication for people with motor disorders and other impairments, in particular people who do not use the spoken word; and analyse the significance of communication in accessing to the wider world.
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a certificate of credit for 20 credits at Level HE7. In addition, you may use these credits towards one of the Masters in Education degrees offered by the University of Bolton.
The inclusive context in which this course is delivered seeks to reflect the wider issues within the different sectors of education where the continuing struggle for inclusive education is a daily reality. This is where individuals continue to be denied their right to contribute to the ordinary educational systems and reject the notion of ‘special’.
This course provides: a close examination of the structures and the legislation that influence the access, or otherwise, to educational services for people who experience difficulties having their communication valued; an evaluation of assessment methods used to make judgments on the individual where there is little or no evidence that meaningful communication has taken place with the individual concerned; an appreciation of the approach to facilitated communication and training, a method used with people who do not use speech and have other impairments and may be labeled as autistic.
This module is part of a suite of professional development courses offered by the University of Bolton covering contemporary issues and developments in education. The modules are designed to equip you with advanced skills and knowledge as you progress in your career and take on additional levels of responsibility.
To gain a Masters in Education award you need 180 credits; 120 credits from undertaking advanced professional development courses or other selected modules and 60 credits from completing a dissertation. There has to be a balance between what are called option and core modules but this is straightforward and the Programme Leader can advise. The courses can be taken over a number of years, to fit in with your career and work/life balance. Most part-time students gain their Masters qualification in 2 to 3 years, but you can take up to 5 years if you wish.
You will have access to 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide WiFi, as well as one-to-one support from professional and highly experienced tutors.
This course is open to anyone interested in the rights of people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
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