University of Technology Sydney

76010 Disability and the Law

Requisite(s): ( 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR ((76006 Public International Law OR 70108c Public International Law) AND 70110 Introduction to Law))
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Anti-requisite(s): 78229 Disability and the Law AND 78230 Disability and the Law


This subject explores disability and impairment as a legal category. Students are introduced to the various competing models of disability including: the medical model, the social construction model, the human rights model and bioethical, feminist and postmodern approaches to disability. In so doing, the subject takes an interdisciplinary and international comparative approach to conceptions and theories of disability and impairment. Students examine the practical implications of these models for the construction of legal rights and responsibilities with respect to persons with disabilities in a number of key areas of law. These include health law, tort law, criminal law, international law and anti-discrimination law. Specific issues examined include: constraints on reproductive decision making, end of life decision making; the therapy/enhancement distinction and body modification, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and various state and federal anti-discrimination legislation. Key issues that students need to examine are the concepts of normal and disabled, healthy and diseased and able-bodied and impaired. This subject examines and evaluates how law can best achieve the goals of social justice and equality for individuals with disabilities.

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