LAW-30116 - Disability Law
Coordinator: Abi Pearson Room: CBC0.006 Tel: +44 1782 7 33222
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Disabled people (who make up approximately 20% of the UK┐s population) are significantly more likely to experience exclusion from public and private spheres of life ┐ for example, from education, employment, community participation, intimate relationships and family life.
This module explores some of the foundational concepts and issues in the area of disability law. It will introduce students to the key areas of law impacting people who have physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Integral to the module will be an examination of both the `enabling┐ and `disabling┐ aspects of the law. Students will critically assess law┐s potential as well as shortcomings to ensure full inclusion and equality for disabled people in all aspects of life.

To provide an overview of the key domains of law which impact disabled people
To introduce students to the core themes and approaches in disability law scholarship
To develop students┐ ability to critically analyse law from a disability perspective

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify and critically assess key areas of law impacting disabled people: 1,2
Demonstrate an understanding of current debates in disability law scholarship: 1,2
Adopt a critical, analytical approach to law from a disability perspective: 1,2
Critically evaluate the role of law in the lives of disabled people: 1,2

Study hours

Class time (10 x 2 hour lectures/seminars): 20 hours
Class preparation time: 60 hours
Assignment preparation: 70 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 80%
Essay with a word limit of 2,500 words (excluding footnotes)
Students will submit a research based, critically informed essay of 2,500 words. A choice of essay questions will be provided.

2: Essay-Plan weighted 20%
An essay plan with a word limit of 500 words
Students will be required to submit an essay plan of no more than 500 words in advance of submitting their essay.