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DISMS24HKI Disability in Diverse Contexts (4 op)

Toteutuksen tunnus: DIS0004B20S-3004

Toteutuksen perustiedot


01.03.2024 - 18.03.2024


02.09.2024 - 29.09.2024


4 op


1 op


75 % Lähiopetus, 25 % Etäopetus






  • Englanti


0 - 100


  • Degree Programme in Social Services


  • Tiia Oldenburg
  • Hanna Lamberg


  • HKI-S23dss
  • 05.09.2024 09:00 - 12:00, DIS/Orientation and lecture
  • 06.09.2024 09:00 - 15:15, DIS/Lecture
  • 10.09.2024 09:00 - 12:00, DIS/Lecture
  • 11.09.2024 09:00 - 14:30, DIS/Independent study
  • 11.09.2024 14:30 - 15:30, DIS/Supervision
  • 12.09.2024 09:00 - 15:00, DIS/Lecture
  • 13.09.2024 09:00 - 16:00, DIS/Independent study day
  • 17.09.2024 09:00 - 16:00, DIS/Independent study day
  • 18.09.2024 09:00 - 16:00, DIS/Independent study
  • 19.09.2024 09:00 - 16:00, DIS/Independent study day
  • 20.09.2024 09:00 - 16:00, DIS/Independent study day
  • 27.09.2024 09:00 - 16:00, DIS/Final workshop & exam


The students will be able to:
• understand different types of disabilities
• understand the relevance of international agreements and Finnish disability policy and legislation including accessibility, inclusion and right to self-determination
• apply available services in work with people with disabilities
• recognise the impact of minority status on wellbeing


• Types of disabilities
• Accessibility, inclusion and right to self-determination
• Finnish disability policy and legislation, international agreements
• Service system
• Impact of minority status on wellbeing


Study module follows blended learning. The course contains orientation and lectures, independent learning, supervision, exam and final workshop

Attendance to the orientation is a prerequisite to start the course unless agreed otherwise with the responsible teacher before the start of the course.

Lectures focus on disability legislation and policy, relevant national and international agreements, key concepts, types of disabilities, theoretical approaches, and work-life practices in the Finnish disability field. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is introduced.

Aika ja paikka

As in schedule:


Buchanan, R. & Layton, N. (2019). Innovation in Assistive Technology: Voice of the User. MDPI.

Finnish Institute for Health & Welfare: Handbook on Disability Services.

Hästbacka, Elisabeth (2021). Equal participation in society? : Perspectives on the opportunities of persons with disabilities in Finland. Doctoral thesis. Åbo Akademi University. (chapters 1, 2, 6)

Katsui, H. & Chalken, S. (eds.) (2020). Disability, Globalization and Human rights. Routledge. (pages 1-18)

Ministry of Social Affairs & Health. Disability services, disability policy & legislation.

Watson, Nick, Alan Roulstone & Carol Thomas (eds.) (2018). Routledge handbook of disability studies.

Toteutuksen valinnaiset suoritustavat

Alternative way of completing the study module is only possible upon specific circumstances/criteria (i.e. sickness etc.). Personal reasons such as travel and work are not considered as acceptable criteria.

Alternative way of completing the study module must be agreed with the responsible teacher and/or study guidance counselor two weeks before the beginning of the study module the latest.

The alternative way of completing DIS study module is an exam during Diak´s general exam day.

Opiskelijan ajankäyttö ja kuormitus

Orientation and lectures 21h
Supervision and self-reflection on disability issues 8h
Exam and final workshop 8h
Independent study (data search, reading, writing) 67h
Use of Diakle, course feedback survey, communication 4h
= 108h

Lisätietoja opiskelijoille

The study module requires skills to use Diak´s online learning area. Possibility to get AHOT/RPL as described in Diak´s RPL/AHOT guidelines. No previous studies are required to attend the study module.

Arviointimenetelmät ja arvioinnin perusteet

Resubmit/ 1-5.
Diak´s Bachelor´s degrees assessment criteria (middle stage) is applied: