Inclusive Education

This postgraduate pathway focuses on Inclusive Education. It explores and critiques barriers in society that prevent disabled people’s (and individuals with labels of ‘special’ educational needs) inclusion and participation as individuals with rights to citizenship. It rejects charity and individual deficit model interpretations that have – and continue to – place disabled people as in need of charity, cure, treatment and care. The programme draws upon the lived experiences of disabled people, their self-organisation, user-led campaigns for justice and equality in education.

Why study Inclusive Education?

The programme introduces a fundamental conceptual shift in understanding the purpose and function of education, asking questions about who it benefits and who it excludes. Alongside raising questions about the discrimination and exclusion of disabled people from mainstream society, it explores their active participation in education, further and higher education. It critiques the use and notion of ‘special’ with reference to the shifting educational terminology in contemporary society. It discusses the place of personal experience with reference to the intersectionality between age, gender, ‘race’, religion, sexuality, social class, etc., and takes a cross-cultural perspective. It also draws upon (critical) disability studies within education and is supported by current research, practice and theory. It also explores the policy and legislative context and provides a European and International perspective, particularly highlighting the issue of human rights.

Who is the pathway for?

This MSc Education (Inclusive Education) pathway would suit professionals working within the educational sector, from schools, colleges, university, life-long learning, and adult education provision. This includes Teaching/Learning Support Assistants, Coordinators, Parents, Advocates and individuals working within Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs), and actively encourages the participation and contribution of disabled people.

The pathway aims to:

The programme is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical skills in the analysis and evaluation of current research, theory and practice for learners experiencing barriers to participation.


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