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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Disability is ubiquitous in the community. No part of the political, cultural, social and economic landscape is untouched by the contribution or needs of people with disability.

The Disability and Participation major will help students across all disciplines develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that will underpin informed collaboration to reduce these inequalities and support inclusion and participation of people with disability in everyday life.

The Disability and Participation major will also introduce concepts that underpin the perceptions and experience of disability from person-centered and citizen-community perspectives. The major acknowledges and seeks to counteract outdated historical depictions of people with disability as objects for study or people with disorders to be “managed”. It recognises the importance of social constructs in creating disability and disability as a human rights issue that can impact health and participation in everyday life. Practical strategies that have been and could be used to facilitate participation in real-world settings will be explored, including: advocacy; collaborative dialogue and partnership; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander approaches to health and healing; culturally safe disability practice and understanding of disability in multicultural settings; use of everyday technologies; and local/ international community development.

About this major

To meet the requirements for a major in Disability and Participation you must complete 48 credit points of units of study, as follows:

(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units:

  • Disability, Participation and Health
  • Disability and Lifespan Development

(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units

  • Disability and Decolonising Practices
  • Disability, Human Rights and Participation

(iii) 6 credit points of 2000-level or 3000-level selective units*

  • Disability and General Assistive Products
  • Innovations in eHealth
  • Disability Sport and Social Inclusion
  • Physical Activity and Population Health
  • Growth, Development and Ageing
  • Health and Lifelong Disability

(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level core units

  • Community Development and Disability
  • Disability Sector Development

(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level interdisciplinary project units

  • Community Linkages in Disability
  • Industry and Community Project

Note. Not all selective units will be available each year. For unit availability please refer to the "Units of study in this major" section below.

Why study Disability and Participation?

Are you passionate about changing the way people with a disability are included and supported in communities? The Disability and Participation major can help you learn the skills and knowledge to create an inclusive society. Here's 6 reasons why you should study this subject at the University of Sydney. 

Webinar: Listen to dr Kim Bulkely explain why you should consider studying the Disability and Participation major. Watch the webinar here.


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