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Disability and Inclusion Studies

Disability and Inclusion Studies at Waikato is an interdisciplinary field studied through research and practice in education, human rights law and the social sciences. It takes an intersectional perspective firmly informed by the lived experiences of disabled people and critical disability studies approaches.

Study Disability and Inclusion Studies at Waikato and engage in developing your knowledge and skills of this specialised field by drawing on national and international contemporary theory, policy and practice. The lived experiences of people with a disability underpin the teaching and learning in this subject.

Each of the three qualifications available in this subject, the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies, draw on a social interactional model of disability that critically engages with questions of identity, ableism and rights through tackling key questions of inclusion in research, policy and practice.

Students interested in shaping social change in disability and inclusion, through inclusive research and innovative co-developed policy and practice, will gain skills and knowledge accessing leading national and international thinkers and practitioners. Pathways into further research, academic careers in teaching and research, policy leadership and advocacy are created through this course.

As a graduate, you will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of concepts, issues and debates in the area of disability studies, particularly in your own research. Thinking critically and creatively, you will evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of disability studies and work proactively to develop professional relationships with others in the field.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Study Disability and Inclusion Studies in these qualifications

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Career opportunities

  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • Senior Practitioner in disability services support and management
  • Policy and Project Worker/Analyst
  • Disability Advocate
  • Inclusion Practitioner
  • Inclusive Educator

Many postgraduate papers are taught either fully online or partially online, with some papers having block on-campus requirements at either our Hamilton or Tauranga campus. These requirements are paper dependent.

Note: International students looking to study in Tauranga may be impacted by paper offerings for visa purposes. Please contact us if you have any questions and to discuss your personal situation.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COUNS546Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches30.024B (Block)
This paper develops the skills of facilitating conflict resolution using mediation, conferencing and other types of restorative and generative conversations in families, schools and other contexts. A narrative perspective on conflict resolution features strongly in the paper.
DINST521Critical Studies in Disability and Inclusion30.024A (Online)
This paper critically explores an intersectional understanding of disability and inclusion using Critical Disability Studies and Disability Studies in Education perspectives. It engages with ideas of equality and social inclusion and the social barriers and enablers to equal access in education, health and other social systems. The...
DINST522Inclusion Policy and Practice: A Disability Rights Approach30.024B (Online)
Framed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, this paper explores learning, living, working and playing from the perspectives of disabled people in Aotearoa and internationally. It looks at how disabled people have and continue to shape the way human rights of disabled people are understood, an...
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories30.024X (Block - Tauranga)
Culturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
EDUCA557Becoming a researcher: theory, ethics and methods30.024A (Online), 24B (Block - Tauranga) & 24H (Block)
This paper introduces students to major educational and social science research paradigms, methodologies, ethical researcher conduct, and methods appropriate to collecting data in educational and community settings (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), literature review and critique, data analysis, indication...
EDUCA591Research-based Inquiry: Informing Practice30.024A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton)
A supported project enabling students to identify and investigate a research question of interest, develop a report that includes implications for professional practice, and resource to disseminate to a relevant audience.
EDUCA592Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton), 24X (Online) & 24X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
EDUCA593Education Thesis90.024X (Hamilton), 24X (Online) & 24X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
EDUCA594Education Thesis120.024X (Hamilton), 24X (Online) & 24X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research30.024X (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to explore Kaupapa Maori research theory and methodologies, developing more informed and culturally located and responsive research practice, with a particular focus on researching in Maori educational contexts.
MAOED523Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses30.024X (Block - Tauranga)
This paper examines the historical and contemporary politics and practices that have contributed to the current education disparities that affect Maori people in particular, but also the wider fabric of New Zealand society. The paper then considers historical and contemporary policies developed to address these disparities and a nu...

Disability and Inclusion Studies is available as a subject in the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma. It is available as a specialisation in the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies.

Postgraduate Certificate (Disability and Inclusion Studies)

The Postgraduate Certificate is a 60 point course. Students must complete DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies (30 points) and a further 30 points from 500 level Disabilities and Inclusion Studies papers.

Postgraduate Diploma (Disability and Inclusion Studies)

The Postgraduate Diploma is an 120 point course. Students must complete DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies (30 points) and a further 90 points from 500 level Disabilities and Inclusion Studies papers.

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Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent, and study at an advanced level in the same subject, or demonstrated adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the proposed programme.

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Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies

Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion, you will complete core Disability and Inclusion Studies papers, options papers and research in the form of a Directed Study, Dissertation or Thesis. You can complete the course at a level and pace that suits you and your study goals.

Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies


Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate and Research
Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Email: [email protected]

Jinah Lee
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7870
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Programme Leader
Associate Professor Patsie Frawley
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Academic Coordinator Tauranga