Disability Studies, Major (0252)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0252

Previous Code: M1138.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Disability specialist expertise has become a growing area of demand in accordance with changing global policy and social service frameworks. Australia has followed these global trends, with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as the largest area of social policy reform since Medicare. This major develops students’ professional expertise, knowledge and skills to effectively adapt and apply international disability rights-based standards to their professional practice and respond to the competing demands of complex funding and service environments.


Campus Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal Dr Amie Matthews

Major Structure

 Students must complete at least 30cp in subjects at level 3.

Students must complete the following compulsory subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
Autumn session
WELF 1012Understanding Disability: Historical and Contemporary Frameworks10
WELF 3023Indigenous Disability and Inclusion10
WELF 3021Disability Rights, Policy and Governance10
Spring session
WELF 3022Disability and Sexuality10
Plus four subjects from the following pool40
Autumn session
Health, Illness and Biomedicine: A Sociological Perspective
Mental Health in the Community
Spring session
Families and Intimate Life
Professional Practice in Aged Care and Disability
Working with Cultural Differences